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Plant ID help please.

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 09:25

Yes, top one is forsythia, not sure about the other but someone will know and get back to you, hopefully!

Forsythia's easy to look after.  If it needs pruning this should be done AFTER it's finished flowering in spring.  You can be fairly 'brutal' with it if need be, it usually responds well.

Identification and Pest problem

Posted: 24/04/2015 at 09:35

Leaf looks more like a hydrangea than a rhododendron, Ogster...and something's been nibbling at it!  Someone on the ball will come along and tell you what it is!

First swallow of the summer!

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 20:17

Alas the weather-fairies are bringing snow to Aberdeenshire this weekend!  Hope our poor pair manage to find somewhere snug till it blows over!  Not seen them for two days, so they will have headed further north.....

Favourite "Weed"

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 13:21

Knot for the faint-hearted

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 10:38

I'm STILL thinking of another pun to keep you happy, Blue Onion!  Failing miserably.

BUT....I have started on the knot weeding, bought the weed resistant fabric and been and looked at the pile of slate.....any suggestions for the best and most ergonomic method of smashing it?  I tried a hammer years ago when a friend wanted mismatched pieces of slate to use as name cards for the tables at her wedding reception and that was an easy task.  But breaking them down into much smaller pieces...I'm not too sure about that?

Newly emerging plants or weeds??

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 10:25

The last two photos look a bit like a peppermint, but hard to tell the height of the plant from the angle.  Not sure about this one at all.

First swallow of the summer!

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 09:50

Yes, agree, Woodgreen wonderboy!  The numbers of midges and gnats seem to have increased just a few days before the swallows arrived.  They're not daft, are they?

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.

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