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Posted: 10/05/2016 at 16:12

Just googled and it says GH is biennial and the common hogweed is biennial or perennial. 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 16:02

Absolutely agree Nut - and they're biennial aren't they?  Small plant first year, flower spike and seeds the next year then usually nothing but a crop of seedlings.

The plants themselves are just 'single plants' they don't send out runners or suckers etc.   


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 15:54

If you want to check out the ID this site is very helpful

New Grandson

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 15:21

Congratulations Lynn - what lovely news and a great name.

There is the Acer oliverianum 

but it's not an easy tree to grow and it would be shame if anything happened to something planted to commemorate his birth - that's why I've never planted specific things in memory of special people or occasions - maybe I'm more superstitious than I realise 

I think however that I would be happy to create a special garden or area to mark a special event - then if plants sometimes needed replacing they are only one part of the whole and not the entire thing.  

How often do you water the garden?

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:22

I have a soaker hose on a large raised bed which can be very dry because of surrounding large trees.  The clematis and honeysuckles in that bed need damp roots so when the soil is dry an inch below the surface the soaker hose goes on for an hour in the evening a couple of times a week.  

I also water runner beans and sweetcorn copiously as we're on very free-draining loam and if I didn't we'd have no crops.

Otherwise regular frequent waterings are for new plantings only (particularly trees and shrubs), and plants in pots and containers - oh and the grapevine in very dry spells.  

We have water butts on the house downpipes, but have to use mains water for the soaker hose and sprinkler and yes, we are on a meter, but gardening is my hobby.  It still costs less than a gym membership 

Bottle gourd flowers get burnt

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:10

I've not grown bottle gourds, but I find that most squash-type flowers only last a day.  The ones I can see on your photo look like male flowers - has your plant produced any female flowers to be pollinated yet? 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 07:03

Clari   What a disaster!  What total idiots they must've been - I hope they can be tracked down and taken to court. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 06:59

Hi Chicky   It may be just me but when I glimpse the Westwood advert in the corner of my eye I think of this 

rather than lawnmowers .............. probably not what they're hoping for 

Update on improvements to forum

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 06:38

Hosta, I'm not bothering to unclick email notices and I'm not getting any.  I've always had my Settings on No email notices to threads, and I think that over-rides the tick box at the bottom of the threads.  

Super Sweet 100

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 06:34

I had a similar result with my first batch (I posted a photo on this thread )

However the GW team sent me another pack of seeds through the post and these have achieved a very acceptable rate of germination and I've just pricked out 10 very sturdy seedlings.

I'm wondering whether there's something that the seeds don't like about the process of being stuck on the front of a magazine, stacked in a pile somewhere, put in a polythene sleeve and posted ... 

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