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What is this plant/weed?

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:14

Snap Logan!

What is this plant/weed?

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:14

Fat hen - it's an annual weed common in disturbed soil (particularly on agricultural land). 

It's also grown as a green vegetable known as Lambs' Quarter and used in Indian cooking. 

Just pull it up before it seeds.

Spring onions

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:10

Have some of our lettuce Verdun - I need to use them all 'cos the courgettes are waiting to be planted in that bed


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:41

Fg, re lost camera - every cloud has a silver lining

So much sadness in the world

P. Nyssen - oh dear .... I like the look of those Allium Scorodprasum "Passion"

I can't sleep because I'm worried that I'll go to plant prison for murder.

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:32

I'd take the peony flowers off with long stems and put them in a tall vase of deep cool water and have them in the house.  It'll help relieve the stress on the plants.

Also, just make sure you've planted the peopnies at the same depth as they were originally - they hate being planted too deeply.

I think I've done it

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 11:28


It's so rewarding - I'm making a Spring Minestrone for lunch, and many of the vegetables and herbs are straight from the garden - love it

I would like to identify a very tall plant I saw in minehead at may bank

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:35

I'd have thought it would be hard to see 'serrated leaves' on something the size of a mullein from a bus window

Getting Moss for a Japanese garden

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:32

It's not easy to get moss growing, and as far as I'm aware it's not easy to buy as a living 'plant' either.

I'd suggest using 'Mind your own business'  - easy to get going and hardy.


I can't sleep because I'm worried that I'll go to plant prison for murder.

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:20

Some people are bonkers .... others are just Nuts

Ground cover that won't grab leaves???

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 10:13

It's the repeated blowing away./clearing up of leaves each autumn/fall that is contributing to the poor condition of the soil structure and lack of water retention. 

Resist the urge to tidy, allow the leaves to remain and decompose naturally into leaf-mould - a wonderful addition to the soil and something we all wish for to improve the soil and add to the bio-diversity - small birds will love to scratch around in the leafmould, looking for the myriad of small insects and grubs that it will provide a home for.  

As Cathy43 says, one of the vincas - either minor or major, will grow happily in those conditions.  It's evergreen so it will hide the fallen oak leaves while they decompose over the winter.  You can cut it hard back in very early spring if it starts to get too rampant, and there's a variegated form if you want even more colour than the pretty blue star-like flowers will provide.

When the soil condition has improved, you could try some Sarcocca confusa there as well (check for hardiness in your area) which will give you lovely scent in the late winter/early spring.

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ID please

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Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

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