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Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 11:07

yes, they are indeed easy to pull out, but it is the places in which it manages to get tht can make it difficult!!  I spent a good deal of yesterday removing them before they all seeded, and some I just cannot reach, inside shrubs, behind taller plants with delicate stems and so on - there will never be an end to them once they have arrived - which is fine, but you can have too much of a good thing!

Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:56

Interesting, I've had brunnera for several years and they have politely stayed where I put them.  Agree with myosotis (forgetmenot)  they seed everywhere no matter what the labels says.  There are several bunneras, Jack Frost has the whitest foliage as ou might imagine, and there is one called something like 'looking glass' or similar - again, very white splotched leaves and those lovely clear blue little flowrs. 

Can anyone identify?

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:51

One of the most gorgeous alpines or edgers I think, tough old bird too, comes back after whatever the weather throws at it - chop it back and away it goes - lovely thing. Varous shades of reds, yellows and pinks.  The one shown is one  of the best I feel. 

update...greenhouse on breezeblocks..attaching base???

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:49

It's a brand of small tools set with a motor and a large number of different tools you can attatch to it. Small, so you can easily hold it, but not suitable for very big works - good for the aluminium as suggested I shoudl imagine. 

Strawberry Mata

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:46

What's an extra 't' between gardeners - a large one please, no sugar!!  I'd be a bit concerned that roofing felt may have tar based stuff in it?  Not sure how good that would be for the plants?  As I find slugs on our felted shed roof I'm not convinced about the deterrence to slugs anyway.  Copper works, but the collars are expensive - but the do last almost for ever.  I use copper tape on my 60+ hosta pots and thus saved the collection as they were just getting laced every year till I tried that.  Sometimes plumbers have odd little bit of copper piping they can't use if you know a friendly plumber - and there are copper impregnated cabbage mats whih would be OK for strawberries, but not cheap either I don't think.   The iron based and thus fine for wildlife pellets work, and I'mgrowing some in a raised bed this eyar with copper tape arund it  - we will see. 


Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:41

There is a hozelock web site which sells all sorts of odd and older size threaded hosewashers for taps, got some for our old outdoor tap last year.  Not expensive and quick service. 

Wilting Rose Gertrude Jekyll

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:40

I have found that several of our roses have done this, I suspect an unseen frost one night recently.  it happened last year to one quite big rose, I cut off the droopy bits and it was OK - though like everything else last year it was not as good as it has been.  This year must be better huh?  Anyway, leave the droopy bits for a bit, if they dry up then trim them off, but they might sit up and take notice as the sun is now shning and it is warmer. 

Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 26/05/2013 at 15:28

have you had the opportunity to try brunnra?  It has almost the same gorgeous little clear blue flowers, stunnning foliage in greens and white - depending which ones you buy, and isn't a spreader?  Worth a try, I am gradually getting a few in and am delighted with them so far, over the last 3-4 years. Recommeneded to those who love fogetmenots except for the hassle now. 

Another plant identifier please....

Posted: 25/05/2013 at 11:55

In fact it will seed everywhere.  i am about to go out and remove all the foregetmenots I can see - knowing well that there will still be plenty for next spring.  If I leave them all to seed we'llprobably have to move!

Weeds in gravel garden

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 19:02

Our wide gravel edge to the path is now a glorious addition the flower beds, with astantia, hellebores, anemones, ble scilla etc., and all for nothing. 

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