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Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 16:34

I'd leave the tulips and aquilegia as they won't take kindly to being moved at this time of the year.  The aquilegia might be a self-sown one and many of those aren't too attractive so wait 'til it flowers which won't be long and pull-up if you don't like it, or move after flowering.  Best to dig the tulip bulbs up after the leaves die-back naturally in a few months.

The bluebell might well be a self-sown spanish one (which can be thugs) so I'd probably just sacrifice it.

Yes, move the pulmonaria after flowering - if you take the whole clump with plenty of soil left on the roots it should transplant well.

Rogue Plants - Could you Help with their IDs Please?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 15:18

#1 Might be tulips.  There's an aquilegia growing behind them.

#2 Probably a bluebell

#3 looks like pulmonaria.  The small plants growing around the area with the small leaves look like goose grass - a rapidly growing weed so you probably want to pull those up asap.




Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:47

And an animation (if it works):



Posted: 20/03/2015 at 18:46

9:27 from here:


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:46

The Moon starts covering the Sun at 8.27 (at my location) and the Sun is fully uncovered again at 10:41.  It will get quite dark at the maximum, more so the farther you are North.

Last time (16 years ago) I remember it went very cold and the wind changed noticeably.

Warning: it is dangerous to look directly at the Sun even when it is 90%+ obscured, so don't be tempted even with sunglasses or a welding mask!

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 18:33

Yes, the Moon will cover the maximum area of the Sun at 9.30am.  A Screenshot from my planetarium program for 9.32am at my location (East mids):


broad bean seelings being eaten

Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:48

If the stems have been bitten through but the leaves are undamaged I would suspect rodents.  Are the roots still there in the ground, or have they gone?


Posted: 18/03/2015 at 18:45

The best known blight resistant varieties are Sarpo Mira and Sarpo Axona.  I think Blue Danube (from the same Sarpo family) may be too.

Easter heatwave alert

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 21:24

Mmm.  This from a site I use for planning my astronomy:

I'm only interested in how cloudy it is at night though! 

Forecasting beyond the next few days is really beyond the abilities of science I'm afraid, which is why the met. office no longer do it.  Like statements from a politician just before an election;  Believe what you want to believe, but it bear in mind they only tip their hat to science, facts or reality!



Posted: 17/03/2015 at 18:55

Yes Linda, but it will take a few years before they grow to flowering size.  You can also grow them from any scales which fall off larger bulbs - just put the scales in a small plastic bag of damp compost and leave somewhere warm and dark for a few weeks.  The scales will then form little bulbs which can be potted on.  Again, probably at least 3 years before they will flower though.

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