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Please identify

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:29

My guess would be cleavers aka goosegrass and many other names.  Does it look like this?

You can just pull it up, but best to follow the stems down to the ground and pull the root out as the stems will just break off otherwise and it will grow (quickly!) again.

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:38

Horses for courses, rosemummy!  If they grow well in your garden they are wonderful, but if they don't, there's little sense in fighting nature! 

ID Please

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:34

Now you mention it, I had another look at a cleaned-up and resized image of the flowers at top right (see below) and I think they are aconitums, so keep trying with those delphinium seeds, Alan!

Blackspot & Roses

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:18

An alternative is to give up growing roses - there are a huge number of alternative plants and shrubs which aren't so prone to pests and diseases, will look fantastic and don't need all that pampering.

Soil types

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 19:10

I agree with Fairygirl.  If you want to add a bit of ericaceous compost to the compost & FYM to ensure a slight acidity, it will last for a few years on that type of soil.  Not strictly necessary for the plants you mention as FG said, but worth knowing if you ever wanted to grow something like blueberries which do really need a low pH.

geum mrs bradshaw

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 23:20

Yes, just the very end as young flower buds often form an inch or two below the old flower.


Posted: 03/06/2014 at 19:34

Hi nut, Springwatch has an upload page which should make it easy.


another mystery climber!

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:03
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Tamus communis, black bryony. Rather beautiful but don't eat it

Yep, defo.

new decked raised bed

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:50


Looks fantastic flumpy1!  I've rotated it for you:

Dragonfly/Darter/Mayfly ID?

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 21:38

Thanks nut!  They are really beautiful things but you have to be lucky to photograph one.  In the last 10 years or so I've only managed 3 shots of dragonfly-type things, but have seen lots which are always gone by the time I find the camera..

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

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