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Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 18:52

Thanks Dove, I shall remember your encouraging words when I'm on my knees

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 17:39

Hi,  thanks for your interest everyone. It is definitely Glechoma hederacea not hedera. My own fault really. Unwittingly I was seduced by the pretty blue flowers and allowed it to grow outside the  (slightly) raised bed where my asparagus live. I suspect the roots have spread under the walls and are enjoying themselves amongst my asparagus. Knee pads and patience seem to be in order. I'm thinking this will be a long haul with no magic solutions


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 17:28


"There's an Old Wives' tale that says on 30 September the Devil trails his coat-tails over the hedgerows making the blackberries taste bitter".

Thanks for the info Dove. I must stop hanging around with so many old wives

Ground Ivy in the Asparagus bed

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 20:00

Hi, What to do here??? There is a biggish patch of ground ivy in among my asparagus. Is hand weeding going to work? Any other suggestions please?



Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:55

I've been told that you shouldn't ppick Rhubarb later in the season (nor blackberries either) as the poison from the leaves starts to be drawn back down the stalks. Can anyone confirm this please?

Tree suggestions

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 19:48

Hi Jess in the Garden and Blairs, I don't know what went wrong but I didn't receive a notification that I'd had any replies so missed your wonderful suggestions.

I had to decide fairly quickly and have gone for Sorbus Eastern Promise that isn't too big and has the AGM so fingers crossed they'll be ok.

Many thanks for your interest though.

Regarding Witch Hazel, I always thought that the twisted variety was really untidy until a visit to Ireland showed me otherwise. At a B&B we stayed in they had a mature tree where they had pruned the lower branches up to about four feet from the ground. It was beautifully sculptural, didn't block the light and made a great place to hang lots of bird feeders. Fab!


Tree suggestions

Posted: 27/01/2015 at 22:14

Hi, My daughter owns a flat that has an area around it that has long been tarmacked over. A decision has been made to cover some of it with gravel and plant in three trees after first digging out holes.

The trees will be about 15 feet away from the windows of the ground floor flats so nothing that will take too much light. It is on the north side of the building.

I had wondered about Japanese maple, one of the white barked birch (such as Ermans Birch) or maybe Sorbus (Rowan) if there is a reasonable small one - I'm thinking maybe 7 - 9 meters fully grown.

Any advice would be useful. Work starts next week.



Tree Peony Transplant

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 13:38

Thanks Nut Cutlet,

I've had an offer of help to dig it up from a very experienced local gardeners so we'll see how it goes. Just fortifying myself with a cup of tea before I go out to dig a 'Welcome' hole. 

No idea how big it is but I'll take my loppers in case it's a whopper.

Fingers crossed

Tree Peony Transplant

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 19:16

Help. I've been offered an established tree peony and have to pick it up on Friday. Any advice very welcome please.

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.

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