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A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 22:23

I agree about aquilegia - you have to whip it out whilst small as it sends down long roots. However, I have successfully transplanted it about to bulk up my shady border.

I also have two single-flowered dog-roses grown as standards which self-seed everywhere. (I assume they allude to the time of the Wars of the Roses which is when the house was built) They're incredibly prickly and get everywhere; in the borders, in the lawn, between the setts in the courtyard, in pots...... they catch me out when weeding with bare hands - aaargh!

A Cautionary Tale .....

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:50

I'm lucky enough to garden a patch with high stone walls, so I'm over-run by ....wall-flowers! They're everywhere but fortunately easy to pull up or transplant and give to friends.

This year I'm gardening to raise the wildlife benefit of my plot, however, so I've been more relaxed about self-seeded things providing they produce nectar and providing they can be kept under control (Lemon Balm - aaargh! Who let it in?) I've also been experimenting with native "weeds", e.g Herb Robert flowering through rosemary looks fantastic. It is supposed to be cottage garden-ish!

Ground elder... it is edible. I dealt with it in a previous garden by eating it all until it gave up.


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 19:01

There is indeed a white hybrid tea bred in France called Terese de Lisieux.Whether you can get in Ireland I don't know.


Growing tuberose

Posted: 09/03/2013 at 13:21

Do any of you have any experience in growing these tender bulbs? I bought some in pondland yesterday as they intrigued me - very old fashioned.

I'm thinking of potting them into a container and bringing them indoors to start off as for the next few days more horrible cold is forecast.

B******* Magpies

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 15:14

You do have to be patient - plus the advice on siting feders is good. Birds need to feel secure, so putting feeders within an easy dash of cover will bring the greatest sucess.

Another tip is to check that the food in your feeders hasn't got past it whilst you've been waiting! It doesn't last for long and birds will not take sprouting birdseed or mouldy peanuts.I now have a constant traffic of birds in my garden but even so, sometimes I throw food away - it seems to go in phases.and peanuts. in particular, tend to get left.

Sharpening tools

Posted: 05/01/2013 at 22:11

My secateurs and shears are looking very sad, especially as the garage I use as a potting shed is very damp. Do any of you have any advice for me on maintenance, e.g. can I sharpen them? Also I have a very cheap hand-push mower with blunt blades and if possible I would like to sharpen them as it does the job pefectly for my small lawn.


Posted: 08/06/2012 at 22:44

If you're finding swallowtail caterpillars and praying mantis babies in your garden Lorea, then I assume you're not in the rain-sodden UK like the rest of us!


bee or wasp?

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:27

Any chance of a pic? I'm reasonably knowledgable on insects. It sounds like a sawfly to me. Do you live near woodland?

shade loving ground cover

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 17:11

Can you eat the variegated one? I dealt with ground elder in a previous garden by digging it up and eating it as green veg until it gave up.


Ladys Mantel

Posted: 29/05/2012 at 16:44

I hope you lot are raiding the Fetes and Fayres on at this time of year. I've just bought a couple of Lady's Mantle for 20p.

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