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Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 07:06


Thanks for all the responses, I am glad I posted it, very enlightening, I now realise I also have several plants of deadly nightshade with purple and yellow flowers, thin woody stems near the base, with small purple and yellow flowers, overhangs walls, which I belived to be the Chilean Potato vine/ solanum crispum but know think it is deadly nightshade.  Obvioulsy related as being solanum- potato family.I thought deadly night shads was the Lords and Ladies with red berries and green spathes!

Mystery plant- friend or foe? Eat or not?

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 12:54


Is it a weed or a vegatable, pepper etc?

The flowers look like potato and chilli pepper flowers but the leaves and fruit are different.  It is in a pot and about 10in high.  The "green fruit" are currently smaller than a pea.

I grew it from seed indoors with collected flower seed so was unaware I had collected a pepper/vegatable seed.  I have about 3 more not yet in flower.

Can anyone enlighten me on what it is - will I be able to eat the fruit or is it poisonous??


weed photos

Posted: 05/07/2013 at 08:40


I have lots of this too in some potted on plants, not sure if it blew in or came in with the multi-purpose.  I grew it on and it is starting to get bright insignificant yellow flowers- I am sure it is either a weed or a crop plant from a farmers field that has blown in and self seeded.

Sometimes seen it appear in the lawn.

Anyone else have any views on it?

Open Gardens this weekend 15th/16th and next 29th 30th June

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:33


thought I would share this event with you if anyone is in the area this weekend.  I haven't been to this village one before but have had 4 enjoyable days at Whixley, Great Ouseburn, Marton cum grafton and Little Ouseburn near York over the past couple of years.  The villages open typically 10-20 gardens and tend to be rasing funds for the village school church etc.  Great day out and plenty of tips, photos and ideas to take away.

This weekend:

2013 Long Marston Open Gardens Saturday15th/Sunday 16th June 2013

Contact details - 01904 738488- Eileen and John Visser. Tickets £5 / £7.50 for both days .Children free. Disability access to some gardens- Toilet facilities at 2 locations. Tickets available at the Car Parks or individual gardens. Refreshments available all day at the Village School (Lunches 12.00 - 2pm.)

Weekend: - 29th and 30th June- Poppleton Garden trail

The weekend of the Garden Trail is going to be a major
event for Upper and Nether Poppleton.  They have 17 gardens already signed up for
the Trail together with Poppleton Community Railway Nurseries and the Methodist
Church Garden.

Anybody know of any more recommended in the Yokrshire area over the coming months let me know- I can't get enough!

There are the National Garden Open Gardens but most are 1 or 2 gardens only so only go if near.

Garden Share- What a great idea!

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 09:18

Update-The landshare site seems to be under used as most postings are years old.

So if a keen gardener, student etc wants a south facing garden to grow flowers and vegetables at Bardsey near Wetherby let me know and I will arrange with the owner.

Talkback: Powdery mildew

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 08:25


I have it on my pulmonarias and lupins in the drier, full sun borders, elsewhere they are fine.  Honeysuckle is OK.  Teh only way to avoid is keep well watered in dry weather- water on an evening or early morning to prevent evaporation and use a mulch on those areas.

The honeysuckle will be fine -With the honeysuckle and pulmonaris once it has flowered- prune, which will get rid of the mildew and will give you better flowers next year or a second flush later in the year.

Just reminded me to go and shear my "frosted" pulmonarias and replant some in a shadier moister border!

More on Hostas, ferns, Cow Parsley and cardio-crinums

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 15:34

More on hostas, I am busily creating a shady border and want to fill it with hostas, ferns and astilbes. 

I have had some first class designer collection of Hostas via the internet from JJ Parker of Manchester- great plants at a great price, also purchased some great designer ferns and astilbes .  Just to let you know they currently have an even better offer on hostas and ferns.

I have seen bad press on Parkers on this forum before, but these 3 plants and the veronicastrums are first-class plants at first-class prices- would highly reommend.

For the Chelsea look to my new shady border and airy feel to my perennial border I bought some lovely Cow Parsley they are young plants from e-bay- search "Cow Parsley chelsea plants" only £9.50 for 3.

Really pleased with my £9 Cardiocrinum Giganteum bought from the Explorers Collecters Gardens/ Festival theatre at Pitlochry last week.  Expensive but rare and looking forward to the stunning flowers, and future bulblets..........

Tip to keep the slug from your hostas.................................

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 15:20

A guy from the Hosta society passed on a good tip to ward off the slugs and snails from your hostas -hair. 

Hair has barbs on the strands and the slugs do not like to cross it.

I keep trimming a quarter inch off my fringe and sprinkling it around the plants, and if you know a hairdresser- even better.  So far so good, and it is hardly noticeable.  Remember to ensure it is quater inch to increase the shaprness of the hair!


Regards Liz


Garden Share- What a great idea!

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 14:46


I was just speaking to a neighbour who told me he let a Horticultural student from Askham Bryan College use his garden to practise his designs and planting schemes.  It was a win win for both him and the student who only had a rented flat in York and no garden.

I thought what a great idea for people who weren't keen on gardening, not as able anymore or had a garden too big to be fully used, and especially as there are always a huge waiting lists for allotments.  A great scheme for young gardeners, trainees,  or those would-be gardeners with no or little garden, or those like me running out of space to create new schemes.

I have discussed this with a couple of friends (non-gardeners, uninterested gardeners I might add) who said they thought it was a great idea and would happily share their garden with an enthusiatic gardener.  Both agree their gardens are bland and wouldn't mind the student/ enthusiatic gardener having free rein to borders so long as they didn't turn the whole garden into an allotment but happy for him or her to have a veg patch, flower borders etc. 

So if a local is looking for a garden plot to practice on, create, grow your own in North Leeds, Bardsey a village near Wetherby- please let me know your interests and reasons and I will pass on your contact details!

Hopefully others with none gardening friends could follow suit and persuade their friends to share their under-used gardens for the benefit of gardeners/students and the bees!


Meconopsis- blue poppy - lingholm. Bareroot hostas

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 12:54

Always fancied growing these, but have had no sucess from seed-used multi purpose - why?

Believe they are tricky to grow form seed, and establish in the garden - what are your tips for success?  Even Monty struggled and had to buy some well-established plants.

Just received 2 large plugs - 2.5 inches high- should I pot on or plant out, and what compost should I use?  My soil is clay and not sure on the PH, but belive is neutral to alkline going by what I can grow.  Peiris with supplements, pink hydrangeas, even tulips survive the clay.

Also received  some bareroot hostas should I pot on first and plant out in a few weeks?

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Tip to keep the slug from your hostas.................................

Works really well....Short lengths of Hair 
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