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Lady's mantle Alchemillia mollis

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 12:13

Mine was flopping all over the path (which is now inviible and underneath this lot) so I just stamped it down flat.  Glyphosate when the sun comes as the roots are as tough as old boots and a sod to dig out.  Nice when it grows where you want it but a much hated weed when it grows where you don't.

Help just moved in

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 10:53

Agree, easiest is to keep mowing for now.  Look up "Colt's foot" and "Winter heliotrope" to try and identify the large leaved weed.  I can't zoom in enough on your photo to positively identify it.

Three clematis to identify

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 10:32

As is Dr. Ruppel.  Main thing is to identify the pruning groups, Hosta as Stephanie has the secateurs in hand by the sound of it!  No. 3 might also be a group 2.

Three clematis to identify

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 10:19

The first one looks like 'The President', although there are many similar ones.  Group 2 for pruning.  The 2nd is almost certainly 'Nelly Moser', also group 2.  The 3rd one is probably a group 3 so can be cut back almost to the ground in spring.  Clematis pruning groups:

Rose to identify

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 10:03

With the 5-petalled single flowers, I suspect they could be Rosa canina (Dog rose) but could well be wrong as I'm no rose expert.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 10:03:38

Plant ID

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 09:40

They both look like evening primrose - there are several types and about 4 of those are common in the UK.  I grew 'lemon sunset' from seed about 30 years ago which is one of the better forms and still have self-seeded ones from those pop-up randomly.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 09:45:01

Advice about dealing with a heavy aphid infestation on fruit trees

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 00:31

Your friend is on the right lines.  Google 'fruit tree grease bands'.  Once you have those in place, the ants will not be able to climb the tree to 'farm' the aphids and protect them from predators like ladybirds.  Ants feed off the sugary liquid which the aphids excrete as waste and they carry young aphids to fresh new growth.  Use a hose spray attachment to blast off the aphids for now but try and help nature to achieve balance by collecting (or even buying) ladybird larvae and placing them on your trees.  Also try hanging bird feeders on the trees to attract tits which will happliy eat the aphids while waiting for their turn at the feeder.

Help to identify tree please

Posted: 30/06/2017 at 20:32

Looks a lot like forsythia to me.

Unknown plant

Posted: 29/06/2017 at 21:47

I agree, a nice find and worth waiting for flowers which should be highly fragrant.

whats it called?

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 18:48

 What nut said.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Some kind of mint?

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Last Post: 27/08/2017 at 19:16

Accidental greengage

Wrong variety but happy 
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Last Post: 29/07/2017 at 16:32


Seems hedgehogs are breeding in my garden 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 21:28

New greenhouse

Building greenhouse from start to fruition 
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Last Post: 09/07/2017 at 16:13

Border design by Spanish bluebells

Random plantings 
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Last Post: 14/05/2017 at 14:32

Unknown bird

Came home this evening to find this 
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Last Post: 10/05/2017 at 20:19

Garden photos April

By month so folk can see what is in bloom for reference purposes. 
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Last Post: 02/04/2017 at 20:01

Winter soft fruit pruning

Some things to do now 
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Last Post: 04/02/2017 at 17:52

'Dramatic' music in TV programmes

Increase in noise! 
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Last Post: 23/11/2016 at 22:23

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Last Post: 03/12/2016 at 00:32

Gardener's World about to start now!

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Last Post: 14/07/2016 at 16:55

Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 18:22

Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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