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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.




honeysuckle won't flower

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 21:21

I planted a honeysuckle a couple of years ago. It is growing prolifically but hasn't shown a sign of a flower. I haven't pruned it, just tidied up the odd straggler so can't have cut off any flower buds. Can anyone shed any light on this please?

suitable lawnmower for lady gardener

Posted: 17/06/2014 at 20:46

Have you thought of as battery powered one? A friend of mine started doing gardens to earn a living and bought one plus a spare battery. She swears by it. I think it was a Bosch but will ask her next time we chat.

We have a petrol Flymo hover mower at home and since buying it mowing has definitely become a 'man's job'. Even if I could get it started (I don't seem to have the wrist action) it is extremely heavy to use - and I'm no weakling.

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 16/06/2014 at 12:14

...don't forget the bears Susie

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 15/06/2014 at 21:56

Susie61, I have a climbing rose 'Malvern Hills' growing all round my sitting room window. I think it may be a David Austin one. It flowers more or less non stop and has a most exquisite perfume that carries a long way.

I have it on red brick and it looks really good.

Since my initial post I've been to another garden that will be opening next week. Here the gardener has a much more laid back approach and I found it quite liberating. She allows things to self seed and says she initially used bark chippings to keep down the weeds before the clumps grew together - hardly any soil showing.

I've concluded that, more than I ever imagined, gardens reflect the personality of their owners. I'm definitely in the let it all hang out/devil may care category. I would be a nervous wreck if I thought I had to tackle every weed and would end up selling up and buying a flat

I have decided not to try to compete with the neat, trim, manicured lot and let my inner hippy come out. Chill woman!

Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 22:35

Oh Susie...weeds is my middle name. Actually I like the idea of  'selective weeding'. There was someone on tv some time back who said she tended her beds in the manner of a grazing animal, chomping a bit off here and there with her hand. Has anyone tried that approach?

Following on the fridge magnets theme, the one I like is 'you can look at the dust but please don't write in it'


Where's my tidy gene?

Posted: 13/06/2014 at 21:19

Thank you all for your really helpful comments.

Mulching sounds a good idea and keeping the lawn cut well and edged , yes every time. I'm in the process of training my husband on the edging. He hasn't quite got it yet....we've been together for 35 years but I live in hope.

I'm starting to wonder if one should actually go for opening ones garden. I confess to being reactive, not proactive (the genes I expect - blame my mother) so perhaps that's the answer.  On the other hand, life's a bit too short to get fretting about a bit of bindweed....and nettle...and bramble...cleavers....ground ivy and all the rest

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