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Any garden questions to really test us

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 22:05
discodave wrote (see)

Does anyone know an easy way to spot the difference between foxgloves and comfrey?

 This photo is one I took this morning (before it started snowing). One is a foxglove and the other is a comfrey. I know which one of these is which (foxglove was removed from my coldframe for this picture) but in the garden I can't tell the difference. 

Left is Foxglove, right Comfrey.

front garden design

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 21:17
bramble lover wrote (see)

sue  thanks for the suggestion, will look into them

neatbush will think about them again, how do they fare in winter?


They pretty much die back to stems and regrow late spring, so half the year you have nothing to look at. I would not say that they are front garden material.

Cyrtomium falcatum or Japanese Holly Fern would work well as is evergreen, dry shade loving but also takes sun - there is also a large variety of it.


Minimum planter size for black bamboo

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 16:00

Think my Black Bamboo is in a similar planter. As long as it is in full sun, out of wind, and you keep it well watered and fed, it will be fine!

Any garden questions to really test us

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 11:59

I have the wood from 3 pallets and unused 8ft fence panels. I have an area of ground at the bottom of my garden 2 metres by 3metres that needs something. I will stain/paint to make it look appropraite. Any ideas on what I can make. Am thinking something with shelter as it is over looked for now perhaps a winter shelter for some plant pots. It is almost full sun but right next to my neighbours fence and 5 metres from their convervatory.

Waitrose garden

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 11:47

Tesco, Waitrose and Next are all Crocus plants!

Help Please!

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:13

Do you have the Dahlia in an unheated greenhouse? My tubers are still in the garage resting, though it pushes up the odd shoot - I would like to put them outside in the greenhouse asap.

My Dahlia imperialis is in the bathroom (south facing window) and is romping away as it is inside. I want it to grow tall this year.

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 20:45

Not had any problems with Crocus and they normally have a good rep. Duchy nursery is good buy is now £12 delivery!

Who pays for Things

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 16:50

I never thought about who pays (apart from one episode of Beechgrove last year when a BBC Scotland reporter, Eleanor Bradford, had her new garden done by the team!!!, nothing like a bit of nepotism).

I suppose Monty is famous enough to get plants/greenhouses for free/substantial discount. When a plant is mentioned on TV its sales shoot up.

Help! What colour should I paint my fence?

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:22

Sponge affect over that amount of fence is going to take a lot of work! It took me several days to stain my fencing using a brush.

Another shrivelled bamboo query...

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:19

I would keep it well watered and out of the wind. Wind can cause it to look worse than it is.

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