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The other side of Monty Don.

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:36

I was also surprised, maybe he was just saying that they did not look so very nice in the bucket - rather than that they were disgusting in their own right?


Posted: 27/07/2013 at 11:34

Planted a white bell flowered campanula a few years ago, grows to about 2 - 21/5 foot, and has spread everywhere like the weed it is.  Also removed by the bucket load - roots under walls, steps - everywhere you can think of and a few places I never would have thought of.  It looks lovely for abut 10 minutes then descends to woody, dull leaved nothing muchness!

We also have a very tall pale pink, beautifully perfumed campanula, (lactiflora Lodden Anna), which is a joy - has clumped up to a good big mass but never seeds around (probbably sterile).  Forgot to stake it before i went on holiday so now lying over all its neighbours, my error, will try to remember earlier next year.  Strongly recommend this one if you want a large, pink, perfumed and beautiful campanula.

please ID this plant??

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 16:05

It can become a pernicious weed if left to its own devices.  There are 'tame' varieties, a small rock garden on which is well behaved, and a taller one whoch stays in a small clump.  The most invasive is an old one which was called 'rose of sharon', and it really is a pain to get rid of once established.  We moved here 16 years ago, and the garden was full of this hyoericum and red hot pokers.  The pokers went in one removal day, but they hypericum is still trying to re-establish itself - and often nearly succeeds if I am away or cannot get outside for a week or two!   It can look great in huge swathes in very large places or public gardens, but has o place in modern small spaces. 

I don't know what these are

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 15:12

Some people would refer to them as weeds, however if you like them and they are in a place you are happy to give them space, then they are not weeds - enjoy them.  If you don't want them to spread about, deadhead them, and don't let them set seed.  Otherwise, they will spread and come up in the most unlikely of places  -  which can be fun. 

slugs / snail eggs

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 16:45

Put them out in the garden in a clear place and Mr Robin will be very happy with them for his tea!  My home robin watches carefully when I tidy the gravel and top layer of compost in the hosta pots, in the hope there will be slug eggs in there.  Not so many these days since the use of copper tape, but what there are he loves. 

Plant/flower id please

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 16:42

they taste slightly less nasty if put in a plain bread sandwich - asuming the headache allows you to eat anything.  I believe you can make a tea from feverfew for headaches, but I don't have the correct recipe - might be worth hunting up maybe? 

A case of the missing goldfish (and a heron)

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 20:13

Herons are very intelligent, my neighbour found that when she had a model heron (which looked quite realistic), she had to move it around or the real heron soon realised it was not real!  Eventually it got the idea that this heron was there just too much of the time, and got all the fish anyway!  They now have a rather nice bog garden and no fish - but we all have plenty of fros from  my other neighbours garden pond - in which they do not try to keep fish.

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 16:13

Yes, use JF to clean out the greenhouse too, when I can get it empty enough to do so.  

worst job in garden

Posted: 30/06/2013 at 13:49

I used to patiently (!!??) wash used pots, then one year I just ould not, for a variety of reasons, and had no trouble - never done it again.  I guess if you are running a nursery and making a living from plants you would, as you don't want to give your customers anything they don't want!  For the rest of us I think it is probably not needful

I agree re pruning etc., love doing it - hate clearing up afterwards - if I strike lucky OH does it for me!  At present it is all lovely, the sun is shining, the ground is damp enough so the weeds come out prety easily, , the roses are perfumed, the bees buzzing, the sweet peas almost overhwelming,  the lily  buds are fattening - the broad beans tasted wonderful, makes you realise just why we all do this crazy thing called gardening. 

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 27/06/2013 at 19:16

They have been about here, but not as many as in previous years - thank goodness. It does get hard with the lilies that are in the ground, among very crowded borders - I often don't spot those beetles till the leaves are so disgusting as to be considered a write off!  I admit that I do leave one or two badly infested ones as a sacrifice and hope they wil leave the others alone.  The potted ones are easier, though not easy as the leaves grow, to keep clear. 

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