BobTheGardener


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Canary

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:34

Hi all, was just finishing off in the garden when a bright yellow bird landed near me and started pecking at a few weeds.  Pretty sure it's an escaped canary so hope it finds it's way home or it probably won't last long.

I managed to get back into the house to find my camera without scaring it off but just as I was about to take a photo it flew up onto next door's roof, so this is all I could get:


 

Unidentified weed

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:24

You could try putting down a mulch such as bark chips Robert.  It doesn't grow very tall and would be smothered.  The mulch would help improve the soil over time, too.

Lavender

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:48

I agree with Philippa, Sarcococca would be a much better bet and actually requires shade or part shade.  Evergreen too.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:43

You could be (and probably are) right nut.  All of my 'collection' of buttercups have wider and less segmented leaves but given how prolific they are, it could just be a variant that doesn't grow around here.

Weed/plant identifcation

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:33

If you look closely, I don't think it's a buttercup nut.  The leaves look like some kind of poppy and are very similar to californian poppy, but I don't think it's that as it's an annual and wouldn't be that big at this time.

It does look very weedy though so I'd have it out too!

 

some thing eating my plants

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 13:20

The strawberries look like they are being munched by slugs.  Straw won't protect them against slugs, it is used to prevent the fruit from touching the ground which causes the berries to rot.  Sprinkle a few slug pellets under the straw so the birds can't get to them or, if you don't want to use pellets, water Nemaslug into the area:

https://www.google.co.uk/?gws_rd=ssl#q=nemaslug

 

'Outgrowing' Spanish bluebells

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:07

Doesn't take 5 minutes to spray them with glyphosate.

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 09:55

Red veined sorrel (aka Bloody sorrel)?

Edit: Oops - I think nut has it right - red veined dock!

Also known as Bloody dock (but I call all dock plants that!)

Edit 2: Same thing and apparently you can eat it but not sure I would:

http://www.gardenbetty.com/2014/11/bloody-dock-not-as-macabre-as-it-sounds/

 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 23:08

I do grow honeyberry aym and can confirm they are happy in ordinary soil.  You need 2 plants to pollinate and my crops are quite small so far after 3 years.  They are early to flower (mine in flower now) so hoping there are enough bees about to do the business!

I need to write 'sow lettuce' on my arm I reckon as I keep forgetting and have none sown so far!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 22:23

Jostaberries taste much like blackcurrants aym.  They're a bit bigger though as is the bush so if only room for one I would recommend a blackcurrant.

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