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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

Morning glory trouble

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:51

Ooooh!  Hosta!!!

Ground elder thriving

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:40

I agree, a concerted effort in the autumn will be good.  You'll probably never beat it totally, but you'll be able to keep it under control... and yes, take the flowers off - the last thing you want is for it to set seeds!!!!!!!!!

Don't forget, you can cook and eat ground elder - revenge is sweet - but don't eat it if you've sprayed it!!!

Morning glory trouble

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:34

When OH was in student digs in Camberwell a Morning Glory made it's way through an airbrick at the top of his bedroom wall and into his bedroom where it flowered all summer

And those dark purple ones  with the star-shaped markings - fantastic

Lavender Beatle!!!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:28

She's her mother's daughter!!! a child of the 60s  - Beatles indeed - are they really John, Paul, George and Ringo???  And you with an English degree indeed!!! LOL!!!  Go on - blame your tablet and auto-correct!!!  'beetles'!!!

I think hand-picking them off is the best (and probably the only) way

By the way, did you know it was Prince's 57th birthday yesterday???  57???  How did that happen???

Brussel Sprouts

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:25

Yes, they need to be really firmly rooted or the tight buttons don't form - you get a sort of rose-like shape of loose leaves rather than the button - so yes, stake them.

As for bitterness - although modern varieties have been bred for sweetness, tradition holds that they need cold frosty weather to make them more palatable.

Purple sprouting broccoli - I've never found it to be bitter so I'm at a loss to explain that, but again they need to be firmly rooted.  The soil in my veg patch is very free draining (large trees around the edge) and I find that the broccoli needs watering even in the spring to grow lovely soft shoots, so perhaps that's it?

Morning glory trouble

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 20:14

I grew them successfully in large pots for several years in a small north-facing garden, training them up a teepee of canes.  I started them off on the kitchen windowsill, pricking out into fibre pots and keeping them indoors until at least the beginning of June - as they were in pots I could move them about in the garden, making sure they were getting as much sunshine as possible yet putting the pot in the garden shed at night to protect from the colder night temperatures until the weather warmed up. 

Go on Baza, give them another go next year - they're sooooooo worth it

Tree to attract birds for small garden

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:43

So sorry about losing your family's friend - but how lovely to remember happy times shared by creating a place for wildlife - I'd agree with rowan, guelder rose or a crab apple - a hawthorn might grow a little big but it would be lovely if you have the space, or a hazel with it's lovely waggling lamb's tails in the spring and nuts in the autumn if there's another nearby to pollinate it you could coppice it every few years and watch it regrow, then you can control it's size and it's fantastic for wildlife



Posted: 08/06/2015 at 19:00

Wonky - well done for taking Flatface to the vet and getting him treated and 'sorted out' - not everyone would do that for a stray.  I hope he comes to appreciate that it was all for his own good 

Ground elder thriving

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:20

Hi Mr Mustard

Large sheets of cardboard  to shield your plants, and even rolling card to make a cone to enclose the ground elder, then use the spray carefully.  It won't transfer to other plants when it's dry.

Good luck

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 18:15
Verdun wrote (see)

... Give a little feed and water if dry. 

That's the crocosmias, not the daughter.  You can feed her but don't water - if she's dry that's good - particularly at that age

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