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Latest posts by BrendaScott53

Favourite "Weed"

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 09:48

You can have my vetch, Susan!  It's SO pretty, but the roots go on forever and once it's colonised a patch of something you want to keep it's practically impossible to get it out and it ramps away everywhere!  I'll send you some of my creeping buttercups too, if you like!  Anyone want some rosebay willowherb?

I love meadowsweet, harebells, speedwell ( that heavenly blue! ), foxgloves, cow parsley, ramsons ( wild garlic )'s a long list.  I do like alchemilla mollis ( lady's mantle ) but am forever rooting it out because it seeds itself everywhere if I omit to cut down the flowerheads before they spread...and it can be a pig to shift.  But I suppose no country garden would be the same without it!

First swallow of the summer!

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 09:30

I saw a pair on Tuesday, on telegraph wires over the garden up here in Aberdeenshire.  Then yesterday the Martins started arriving.  Swallows usually arrive back here around April 15th each year, so this pair were 6 days 'late'.  Not bad, considering the long flight they've had.  They'll move further north, and the resident ones - of which we have many dozens - will follow on their tails ( almost literally! ) and start nesting.  Roll on summer!

Gardening glove suggestions?

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 09:24

I'm with Bekkie too!  The 'rubber dipped' ones last well, are lovely and flexible and surprisingly durable for something that looks fairly flimsy.  They go in the washer which does them no harm at all and they're pretty thornproof - as long as you don't grab the rose/holly/raspberry canes TOO tightly!  I have loads of pairs, not because they wear out, but because I lose them!  Just bought a bright pink pair ( the majority of them are green and easily mislaid in a garden! ) so I'm hoping they'll be easier to spot if I take them off and forget where I've put them!

They cost around £7 which shouldn't break the bank.

If you want to go with Buttercupdays excellent suggestion of surgical gloves, you can buy boxes of 100 pairs for about a fiver from 'Boots' and other high street chemists.

Plant ID please

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:15

It'll have little white flowers and smell of fruit salad and orange blossom!  And pineapple and bananas......I think it's fabulous!  Mind you, it's planted next to our septic tank, so no wonder I like it!  Go figure! 

Usually flowers in June.  When I inherited mine along with the neighbour's house I always referred to it by the name they gave it - 'Bride's Blossom'.  I have NO idea whether this is just a local ( Scottish ) common name for it though.


Please help me identify this plant

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 09:07

Snap. Lyn!  I have a hellebore bed in full sun ( when we get it ) and it's been established for many years.  The plants are healthy and look happy. 

That's a lovely combination with the astrantia, chickenlicken...keep an eye on it, though, some varieties can spread where they're not wanted and I find it a right pig to dig up ( the astrantia, I mean ).

I wouldn't worry about hellebore being poisonous, I've never seen anything come a cropper so far....

Knot for the faint-hearted

Posted: 21/04/2015 at 08:54

Well thank you Blue Onion!  Funnily enough, there's a derelict old building in the garden - it used to be the village shop - and the roof ( slate ) is falling in.....we're having it replaced this year.  A super-abundance of slate for the taking!  It's Scottish slate, not Welsh, so not much resale value!  Far better off under my knot!

I can foresee some 'smashing' times ahead....

Meconopsis (Himalayan Blue Poppy)

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:24

Mine just die.


Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:16

Lovely plants!  I have one which is almost black, been here forever.  I wish I could bring myself to weed out the dirty pinks and dingy mauves, nutcutlet, but I can't!  You never quite know what you're going to get with self-seeding ones, which is half the fun.

Can someone identify this awful growth in my garden please?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 15:11

It's horsetail, right enough.  Pretty endemic and the black wiry roots go through to Australia.  It might look unsightly but it doesn't do any harm, apart from to your aesthetic senses!.  The weird brownish fungussy cap and stalk will turn to a green feathery stem eventually.  You learn to live with it!  I have loads of it, everywhere.  I just either nip it off at ground level or dig at the roots if I'm weeding in the same area.  Very difficult to eradicate.

On the positive side, the roots are very rich in silicone which makes a wee brush made out of them perfect for polishing pewter!  Seriously!

What have I got

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 14:43

Could it be a chokeberry, Benjamin?  Arunia pruniflora.  Height up to 3 metres, good red autumn colour and black berries which CAN be eaten but not until they're fully ripe as they're rather bitter.  Can be made into jam.  I think your mystery plant could be this!

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