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Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 08:21

Kill it before it spreads! HAS spread!  I've been killing this thug in the same garden for a quarter of a century.  Mind you, it's a biggish garden surrounded by farmer's fields and roadside verges and a riverbank, none of which belong to me, so it creeps in from the margins of those and nothing I can do about it. 

I've used glyphosate, and still do;  I've hand weeded out those long roots by hand; I've smothered it under carpet and weed suppressant;  I've done everything.  Glyphosate works really well if you just have a patch of ground elder by itself, with nothing you want to keep nearby, but once it's growing and spreading in hedge bottoms, in lawns, under and around trees and shrubs it's more of an issue, as glyphosate is a systemic weedkiller - it'll kill ANYTHING it touches.  It doesn't discriminate between a weed and your favourite plants!  Be careful!

There's a gel form which comes in a small container, looks a bit like a deodorant stick, which you apply to individual leaves, but if you have a LOT of ground elder you'd be on your hands and knees forever ( cursing, not praying! )

You can try tying bin-liners or some similar protection over any plants you want to keep and spraying the GE around them and remove the bags once the glyphosate has dried.  It needs to be applied in dry weather and if it rains within six hours of application you can forget it - it will have diluted and you'll have to apply it again.  Keep an eye on the local weather forecast, there's no point wasting your time or money - glyphosate is expensive!

Keep pets inside until it's dried on the leaves.

Good Luck!


weed id please

Posted: 19/04/2015 at 09:47

Well done TetleyT.


I bet you've got another pair of gardening gloves just like those, haven't you?

Plant Id Please

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 21:11

 I live in Aberdeenshire, not known for it's dry, mild climate!  I have noticed, though, that it seems to pop up under shady trees and shrubs, where it's less wet and boggy.  Maybe that's the answer, LesleyK.......I do hope you manage to get it established.  I've never planted one;  they were in the garden 25 years ago when we came here, and we now have rather more than required!!!!

Plant Id Please

Posted: 18/04/2015 at 17:17

Mine self-seed everywhere!  If you leave the light greeny brown seed pod covering on, it eventually drops off to reveal lovely silvery papery centres, just like Dovefromabove's photo.  Pick off the seeds, which are disc shaped, and scatter where you want them, and cut the stems to bring indoors and pop in a vase ( no water required! ) in Autumn.  Very easy plant to deal with.

Help identifying this little beauty

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 09:37

Many people seem to have difficulty in downloading photos into the body of their text.  It's such a shame as it puts people off starting new threads and asking for advice.  The 'Help' button is not very clear as to the best way to go about it.

We 'numpties' need clear, simple, step-by-step instructions, please! I did it years ago but I think it was more by good luck than good judgement that I managed to upload a photo from my computer's photo gallery.

This is the second time I have typed this email this morning - I typed it 10 minutes ago, then, just to see if uploading would work, I clicked on the Green Tree icon to the left of the blue " marks.  I was asked to select an image to download and when I clicked on this, my photo gallery appeared.  I went through my folders, quickly, and selected a photo to download....and the pc 'froze' so I lost the text I had just typed and had to exit the website and re-enter.

I'll not try it again, otherwise I'll be here all day when I could be outside....gardening!



Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:53

I love my bats!  They usually reappear in late March up here in Aberdeenshire but I've not noticed them yet, this year.  They roost in the roof space.  Pipistrelles.  I'll have a look tonight, see if they're out and about.

Sorry, another ID please!

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:41

I think it's a verbascum....but it does have a look of Honesty about it too.....perhaps a foxglove leaf would be slightly furrier?

Anyone able to identify this plant?

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:03

Ah, the 'Marmite' plant!  You either love it or you hate it.  I think it's common country name is 'Pilewort' because the tiny beige bulbils grow in clusters like piles and were used to make an ointment to cure the same condition!   This is the old Doctrine of Signatures...if a plant looks like something else, it may hold a cure for the condition of the body part it looks like.  Fascinating if somewhat unreliable.

I live in the country and have a garden full of celandine.  Yes, it's brash brightness is a nuisance as it clashes with my hellebores and it's difficult to eradicate.  I don't bother any more, I just let it romp.  It does no harm, and once it's died back it virtually disappears from borders and beds and grass and I rake out the mesh of dried up left overs.

It's not a weed, it's a native wild flower, and a carpet of it in spring, under a copper beech tree is a delight.  I love that white one....surely nobody could object to that?

Phalaenopsis orchids

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 15:09

Thank you Mattbeer87, I'll go find my bag of pebbles and do just that!

Much appreciated!

Foxglove ?

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 14:39

Foxies are fab and never really a problem as they're so easy to pull out where you don't want them to be without doing much damage to nearby plants.  I like Dove's idea to 'swish' the spikes around to spread the seeds.  I'll be giving that a go with mine!

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