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What is this plant please?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:56

Thanks for that. I knew that I knew the plant's name last year and have been wracking my brains to remember the word and kept on coming up with names like Savory or Sage knowing that these were wrong but that they were close.

Yes, it was Salvia I had - I now know what to do with it. Thanks again!

What is this plant please?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 13:20

I saved 3 or 4 of these from a border I was giving a makeover but I'm not sure what I have got...

If i am remembering correctly from seeing it last year - assuming it is the same plant I saw growing last year - it has blue/purplish flowers. I know it looks like some type of herb but I can't detect any distinct aroma. 


Best tasting rhubarb

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 22:50

Stewed rhubarb:

Don't know about which type to buy but I can say the flavour of my first harvest this year (which was accidentally 'forced' and was all the pinker and sweeter for the mistake) was further enhanced by adding to the saucepan just one single piece of crystallised ginger which I had cut up into tiny little cubes.

Having a bit of the stewed rhubarb left over I then experimented with making four individual trifles:

Into each of four microwaveable glasses put: 3 cubes of raspberry jelly; add some hot water (or microwave with cold water) until jelly has melted; break in a few pieces of leftover cake or sponge; mix in a few spoonfuls of the stewed rhubarb.

Let it all cool then refrigerate. The exact quantities aren't critical and the flavours and texture seemed to improve each day. I nice little cool treat to come in to from an afternoon in the garden!

How to apply blood, fish and bone fertilizer?

Posted: 05/05/2015 at 22:29

And if you do get some on the plants you can just gently shake it off again to fork with the rest of it into the soil. If it were me, I would then lightly water the residue off the plant that I got it on - which is what the rain would do anyway.

How do I renovate area under weed control fabric?

Posted: 26/04/2015 at 22:24

Did someone mention weed fabric and path prep...?

 If anyone's interested I can start a new thread on how I am building my wiggly path - but not tonight, just too tired from trying to build my wiggly path... 


Does anyone recognise this?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 22:42

Yes, Solomon's Seal for certain.

I'm only posting to say it's worth keeping an eye out for hungry colonies of a particularly pest (caterpillar I think) that will attack Soloman's Seal if it finds it: it reduced my plants to virtual skeletons a year or two ago.

I'm not sure when they come but I believe the remedy (and/or prevention) I used was Derris Powder - something recommended in a rather dated gardening book I had. Not sure whether it's still on the market; there may be something else better recommended nowadays.

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 08:30

Oh... By the way "gear deniers' (in my earlier post) was my iPad's typo for 'gardeners' - not an oblique reference to some sort of nylon stocking... 

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 17/04/2015 at 07:25
I think that's only when they're wearing nylon stockings Edd.

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:52

Oh... By the way "gear deniers' (in my earlier post) was my iPad's typo for 'gardeners' - not an oblique reference to some sort of nylon stocking... 

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:49

Yes, Edd... 

Er, yes Edd... 

Sorry Edd 

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