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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:41

I've cordoned off the Twayblades and while I was doing that I found new growth coming through still on the edge of the path.  Such tiny pairs of leaves, I had to look carefully to be sure what they were as the whole wood has zillions of garlic plants going over. I was so pleased to see them and I do hope they are left alone long enough to flower and seed

Help & advice needed for newbies!

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:11

I remember when my daughter and her husband bought their first very small home and even smaller garden.  I took one look and said 'get rid of the grass, the dogs will turn the grass into mush in no time'.  They looked at me in amazement and said they had no intention of getting rid of it as the dogs loved lying out in the sun there.  Didn't take many wet days to prove me correct!  She also planted not one but two Russian vines to cover the fence, again against advice  . It was a long time ago and she has since learned I'm not just a dozy old woman (I think)

Idenitfy this plant

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:00

Looks the same colour as an ancient one of mine which is well in bud ATM.  So is my beautiful 20+ year old orange rose next to it. Bit of a riot of colour at that end while the other is dominated by a rather good blue Ceanothus

Drooping lavender

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 13:58

So are my daughter's, the French ones are anyway.  Outside but sheltered and sunny, flowering their socks off


Posted: 23/05/2015 at 22:32

I have several hardy fuchsias all at different stages of growth from flourishing to just definitely starting to shoot from the base of last year's woody stems


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 21:02

I've spoken to the main tractor man who says he hasn't seen them but has been keeping as high uphill as he can.  Apparently they had a tree man in and he took a 4 wheel drive through which is probably what's done the damage.  Tomorrow I'm marking the area off BUT I found one flowering amongst the red current bushes  flourishing there so all is not lost.  It's only about 12 " off the path but is close to a tree so the vehicles haven't been over it.  Not sure that my tway blades would be happy with your suggestion Pansyface, they're growing on a dry chalk hillside in a very shady spot.  They have to compete with wild garlic amongst other enthusiastic wildies not to mention beech, ash, sycamore, holly etc.  The Early Purples here are also in difficulty but that is entirely because their wood is being taken over by celandines. I suppose the real problem is that both species are growing in the wrong place.  Both woods were in fact plantations in the first place so maybe the present orchids are remnants of a lost 'tribe' once growing in rather more open conditions.  At least there's still hope for the twayblades so I won't be wide awake in the early hours worrying about them.



Posted: 22/05/2015 at 16:11

Welsh Onion: Oh yes but the problem is that they can't get to the top line of the wood except by this route and it would be too far to carry the rubbish/logs by hand or even wheelbarrow.  That's what I used to do but these are all busy people!! It's no use marking the orchids up, the tractor and trailer (both small garden ones) cannot move over either way without a danger of tipping over.  The easiest solution would be to move the orchids. They have not spread in the considerable number of years I've been recording them so these three plants are what there is.  I've tried googling Twayblades but there doesn't seem to be much useful info available.  They would probably dig them up for me but none of them are what I would call gardeners, very useful as far as the wood is concerned re hoicking out the undergrowth and chopping down trees but probably wouldn't recognise an Early Purple Orchid let alone an insignificant looking  Green one


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 13:28

Most of it does get done late in the year but there's lots of clearing up and it's individuals doing that when they can.  I think they've stopped anyway now but the damage is done for this year and I don't think the Twayblades will recover enough to flower. When the village first acquired the wood there was just me and occasionally one or two others for the first 5 years, then a committee was formed to combine the Millennium Green, the Village Hall grounds and the wood which all run consecutively along the river. So I opted out, very few appeared to be aware of what I had been doing anyway.

I rather lost any confidence in Wildlife Trusts when I observed a bunch of primary school pupils planting bluebells in another of the local woods.  Poor tatty looking bunches held in hot little hands, a hasty scraping of the ground, bluebells laid down and another hasty scraping to cover them.  All supervised by the Wildlife Trust rangers.  That was bad enough but I also took one of the rangers a little further along the path to where there was a magnificent display of Red Elf fungus. Was she interested? She didn't even pretend to be. And no, not a single bluebell survived that traumatic experience


Posted: 22/05/2015 at 12:50

There's a small clump of Twayblades in one of the woods here.  They've been there many years but they are right on the edge of a main path.  That wasn't a problem for a long time as they're not really what you could call 'stand out and shout' plants.  However the local committee have been thinning out trees and enthusiastic unwanted undergrowth and using a small tractor and trailer to remove the consequent piles. That travels along this path and has flattened the emerging  orchids. It would be difficult to drive along without running over them especially as you can't actually see them unless you know exactly where they are. Everything except the narrow path is on a hillside so driving the opposite side would risk tipping the tractor over.  Question is will they move successfully? A metre or so would do

Are my common Laurels dead?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 11:17

At that price you wuz definitely robbed, added to the daft instructions later, you've been very badly treated all round.  Don't despair though, this forum does know what it's talking about so hang on in there and cross your fingers.

ps Laurel grows like a weed round here, originally planted as part of a large estate it now forms huge trees in places along with Juniper

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