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Plant Identification please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:28

Discovered that this (see earlier post)...


 is a Monthretia root after all. I dug another two huge ones up today - the 'mother roots' were like great chunky logs! 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:40

Finished clearing a neglected border.

This is how it looked in early Feb...

 .... Too dark to take photo now it's clear, forgot it after work today - might take one tomorrow.

I'm showing the picture as, Charlie November, you might be interested in the pyracantha on the back wall for your wall. I will say, though, that as much as it has lovely red berries later in the year, I find it difficult to maintain nowadays - and it needs great care when cutting back due to its really fiercesome thorns (up to 5cm long!) if you don't mind that it's a good contender for wall cover.



Turning weeds into the perfect lawn

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 22:27

Matthew: Just reinforcing the advice above:

If it's a systemic weedkiller it works by being sprayed onto the leaves of the living plant which then, during the natural process of photosynthesis,* takes the poison down into its roots (ie through its whole system) thus killing the plant literally root and branch. 

I am presently clearing a whole border of all planting and weeding as I go; so my ground will be very similar to yours Matthew by the time I've finished.

I know from past experience that missed weed roots will try to regenerate in any bare earth I leave, so I'm covering it all with black porous membrane until I'm ready to plant. Any weeds that actually survive that will be sprayed with systemic weedkiller and then, hopefully, dense planting after that will keep the majority of future weeds at bay - or to a minimum.

* Incidentally, don't cover weeds after spraying them with systemic weedkiller because photosynthesis can't take place if the leaves can't get the sun.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 19:10

Pigeons? Rabbits? Both?

Connection with starting off indoors?  

Could be the wildlife notices food when it suddenly appears (planted out 'fully prepared to eat') whereas when it is growing slowly from seed outside it possibly takes them longer to notice it.

Imagine: How long would it take you to notice a delicious Sunday dinner slowly growing on your front path over 2-3 weeks compared to if someone plonked it down fully cooked on Sunday morning? Just a thought.

(Actually,I don't really know )

Unknown Shrub

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 17:22

While I'm certainly no expert (as my suggestion above shows) I have to agree that now Edd has mentioned Bay it does look more like my Bay (I'm so easily influenced! ) only much better condition with glossier leaves than mine.

 Failing that, could it be another type of Laurel which I think is related to Bay? 

Unknown Shrub

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:59

7 months late, I know, but only just seen this by chance...

...looks to me like an immature Holly: you can just see one or two leaves beginning to form prickles.

Plant Identification please

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 21:45

Oh no! First the bluebells that gave such such a beautiful blue in the garden are Spanish invaders. Now I find the 2nd plant is also a thug. You're right Carmen - I've looked up Monbretia and it's the same as my 2nd photo. I also recognise it in all the Internet pictures I've since found.

At least I've only got about 4 of these plants in the garden - so far! Ilooks like 'll have to take them all to the tip.

Ho hum! new beginnings! Thankyou everyone for the help and information.

Plant Identification please

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:37

2 more IDs needed please:

I dug these up while clearing a bed... Could they be Delphs? We have got some in this border.

And I saved these for replanting -  they have red berries...


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:19

My GH also unheated but once out of the wind it feels really warm. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 17:15

Isn't it so much nicer in the greenhouse, Janet? Certainly is here in Norfol where it's been a much colder day ...

...but used the best two and half hours of the day clearing a bed for replanting. Lots of forking, bending, sorting and sieving then trips to the garden refuse bin. Backs aching but pleased with progress, albeit slow compared with other posters' achievements. 

Saved these to put back  in better places...

 But can't remember what they are; they give red berries.

And dug up these strange looking roots...

 Anyone know what they are. Could they be Delphiniums? I know we had some.

If I cant identify them as reusable they are for the bin.

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