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Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 16:52

The figwort? It's already 1.8m. The link the forum chewed up was to a magnolia. I saw a magnolia by a pond and liked it, so I looked for magnolias, and I foudn that one:

Magnolia Felix Jury ('JURmag2') (PBR)

Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, 'Felix' is a stunning new form, which once it reaches 5 - 6 years in age, will produce its huge (up to 30cm across), bright pink flowers in early spring. Each flower is impressive in itself, but as they appear in good numbers, the overall effect is really spectacular. Relatively compact and upright in habit (more tree-like than shrubby) it makes a super addition to smaller gardens, where it will perform best in a sunny spot with protection from strong winds.

It sounds good, although it wouldn't be in full sun. The one by the pond is not in full sun except maybe for half an hour in mid-morning and looked healthy enough, but that one says it wants full sun. Maybe it'd cope in the shade and maybe it wouldn't ... and then I saw the "height and spread" thing.


The site says it makes "a super addition to smaller gardens." By the looks of that, a smaller garden would make a super addition to that plant.

I think a sweet box may be a better choice ... just in time for an army of caterpillars to invade and eat it.

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 09:47

Thanks again. Looks like it'll make good compost.

I'm going to need a lot of that. That dead space tot he left needs emptying of dead privet and refilling with ... umm ... ," perhaps?

12m tall.


Wow. This forum does NOT like commas and quotation marks in its URL links.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:24

A farm in the area:

 Part of the garden

 The cream flowers are elder. The white ones are a huge rose bush. The cream-and-white things in the grass are sheep.

 There are about 6 acres of woodland there, full of nettles, brambles, goosegrass and birdsong.

 Two willow trees on opposite banks leaning over and twining together like lovers.

 A wall top covered in soft moss and another rose.

Camera Corner

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:22

Summer solstice visit to Brimham Rocks:

 The Sun was behind the cloud at that point. I didn't get a good picture of it actually setting.

 The sky and silhouettes of some of the rocks.

 Rocks silhouetted against the sky around 23:33 BST, 22:26 local solar time.

 Wild rose in hawthorn. The flowers almost seem to glow.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:14

According to the label on the pot, this rose is called Golden Showers.

 This is a day lily.

 I think those red roses on the fence are the star, but these two can join the gallery as sort of backing dancers.

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 14:12

Next unknown interloper ...

... well, intruder, anyway. It didn't exactly come loping in through the open gate.

 It just keeps growing!

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 18:18

Wow. That's what those 'Duchess' roses look like? The pictures on the pots in the garden part of Homebase did not do them justice! I passed them by.


Yesterday morning's discovery: ground elder flowers smell fantastic. I spent maybe an hour clearing the thigns out and paused to sniff the last handful of flowers I'd picked up to compost. Bit late to save them at that point, and I don't need any more than will come back up from the roots in the ground anyway, but if any of you have the stuff in flower, do yourselves a favour and bury your noses in it for a few breaths.


Next stars here are probably the red and yellow roses by the twisted ash tree in the bottom corner. They haven't opened up yet, but the outsides of the petals are beautiful, intense colours.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 18:38

Lily of the Valley, pure white so colour correction doesn't spoil this picture:

 That may yet become my desktop background.

One of the other lilies in bloom:

Lilium martagon 'Arabian Night', I believe. What's the use of it being all pretty and interesting towards the ground, though?

Is this a Clematis?

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:58

Yep, that looks almost exactly like the picture on the piece of card in the side of a pot of soil I once bought, and it had "clematis" printed on that piece of card too.


Posted: 14/06/2014 at 09:56

Last I heard, they're carnivorous, so mealworms and cat meat are the best options, and as mentioned water not milk however much they like the taste.

They actually eat earthworms, beetles and the like by preference, and only eat slugs if they can't find enough worms and beetles. Slugs can contain lungworm, which is a really nasty way for a hedgehog to die, so they're better off not eating them.

Given that ASDA have Sheba rabbit at £5.50/kg, Amazon are selling "cat food meaty medley" at £2.90/kg, Tesco have kitekat megamix at £1.13/kg and mealworms from livefoods cost £12.01/kg, I might recommend the cat food.


. o O ( Kite kat? A can on a string that you can fly in a wind? )

Discussions started by Charlie November

Holy glyphosate, Batman! What's that?

Huge thing with tiny white flowers and heart-shaped leaves 
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Rose cuttings: timing

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At least I didn't spend anything. 
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Apple tree with white leaves

It seems to be healthy enough, if slow-growing 
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Not a lily. Not an apple tree. 
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Planning? Measuring? Me? 
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Leaving tulips in the ground

Can they be left in if the drainage is good? 
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