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Wildflowers but not a jungle!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:08

Hi again DD. I bought some RHS endorsed mixed native wildlife hedging earlier this year from Hedge Nurseries which included hazel, hawthorn, buckthorn and beech I think. Worth a look. They had pre-applied Mycorrhizal Root Dip Gel. Mine were 2 year old bare rooted ones ( not the time of year for those, best to leave it until the dormant period). They have achieved an almost 100 per cent survival rate which is pretty good I think. Hawthorn has wonderful berries that the birds love and lovely white blossom in April/May (thought to be behind the saying 'ne'er cast a clout 'til May be out'). Definitely a good choice, watch the thorns with the little one and keep it in check or you'll have a tree in no time.

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:59

Oh I so know what you mean...but my friends, there is help at hand. My brother told me about fobs you can get to fix onto items such as keys etc that if you lose them you can ring from your mobile and they send out a beeping tone. I'm wondering if they can also be fixed to the shoes of my small grandchildren for when I look after them!

Try searching for Lost Key Finder Locator and some should come up.

Wildflowers but not a jungle!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 19:42

I'm not sure anything 'holds back the weeds' DD. We have an area of woodland that is a nightmare as it's overgrown with brambles - that never fruit -and green alkanet which has immense tap roots and is a devil to get up. Having said that it is a magnet for bees which redeems it a little but, no bones about it, it is a THUG!

I'm planning to try Rubus Tricolor, described by the RHS as 'deciduous or evergreen shrubs, often scrambling with bristly or prickly stems bearing simple, lobed, palmate or pinnate leaves and 5-petalled flowers followed by juicy, sometimes edible fruits'.

I've seen it growing in the woodland garden at Dorothy Clive Garden in Shropshire and as brambles seem to grow so readily here thought that might be a good one as it is prostrate rather than arching. Bluebells are wonderful - we have those, as are snowdrops. Be careful about wild garlic as I have read they can takeover given the right conditions. Wood anemones are also beautiful, and as someone suggested honeysuckle - but make sure it's a native one as they will look more natural and have a delicious perfume.

Good luck with your project. I shall be building a hide in our wood next week with my seven year old grandson - magical!





honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 22:19

Never give up indeed....Today I have witnessed two beautiful, blousy and deliciously fragrant flowers on my honeysuckle. Worth the wait? You bet! Hopefully there will be even more blooms next year.

Plant ID please

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 19:42

Hi Welshonion,

You may be onto something there. There are no signs of flowers yet but I'll keep an eye on them and let you know.

Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:47

Thanks Welshonion.

I looked up Dogs Mercury and I think it may be too tall for that. I haven't seen any flowers yet but as  feel well reassured it isn't JKW I'll let a few live on to see if they flower.

They are easily pulled up. The stems have little white shoots coming out just above soil level too.


Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 20:02

Hi Bob,

there is lots of Elder around here but this is about three feet high and quite soft, not woody. It also has hollow stems. Sorry the pic isn't very clear.


Plant ID please

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 19:52

Hi, I've been trying to find a previous forum user who, I think, sent a pic of this. In our woodland bit of the garden that is very overgrown I've spent today digging up nettles, brambles and a plant I haven't noticed before. I feared it might be Jap Knot Weed as it has hollow stems (this was the gyst of the item I was trying to find). Anyway, I've checked out the description of JKW and it doesn't appear to be that. So here goes. Can anyone throw a light on what this is and is it to be encouraged, tolerated or annihilated? It's not unattractive.

Thanks, CC



honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 21:41

A lesson in patience to be sure

honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 07:01

Thanks all, it sounds like a bit more patience is needed before I give up. It had no flowers on it when I bought it from a small local garden nursery. I don't recall the name of it but it was recommended for the position which is in full sun as it is less likely to suffer from mildew than some.

I'll have a good look for any emerging buds, give it a good feed and see what happens before doing anything too drastic.

I agree Pansyface that you can buy duffers. I too have had expensive plants that have failed all too quickly and hit the compost bin. An Aldi clematis I purchased last year for peanuts is romping away up the climbing rose and looking fabulous. I think the trick with the likes of Aldi is getting there the day the plants hit the shelves.




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