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What is this weed?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 09:26

Snap! Nut 

What is this weed?

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 09:23

Looking at the blotches on the leaves, it may be a Persicaria, possibly P. maculosa - the UK native annual type which is a common 'weed' of agricultural land - more ways of identifying it here 

but there are several types grown as garden plants.  I really like them. 

Last edited: 10 July 2016 09:26:16

Plant ID

Posted: 10/07/2016 at 08:30

No 4 is definitely ( in my humble opinion ) a rose, not Cistus. Just look at the leaves. 

1. Lychnis

2. Star of Bethlehem (as Ma called it)

the white daisy could well be Ox eye but without seeing the leaves we can't be sure and the same goes for the yellow one - we need to see the whole plant. 


Posted: 10/07/2016 at 08:16

Good morning all   

Wonky feeds him lots of Toad in the Hole - obviously good growing food!

Today's activities will be a trip to the tip, then Lidls, then back to garden and weigh sofa down. 


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 18:53

Hello again  We've called in at Wonky's and she and OH have popped down the road to get Chish & Fipps for them and us and step grandson who has grown to 6'6" since we saw him last  

Wonkys garden is a real riot of colour - it reminds me of a painting I've seen but I can't remember which one - I'll have to put my thinking cap on ...

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 13:26

I would never spray with a fungicide unless absolutely necessary. It will kill all the gazillions of beneficial micro-organisms as well as a few which might possibly make a few holes in some leaves  And fungicides are really bad for human health too.

You've got a smashing hedge - it's slowed down 'cos spring is over - it's doing just fine. If it grew as fast in the summer as it does in the spring you'd not see any of us for huge laurel hedges. 

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Posted: 09/07/2016 at 13:07

Hello folks  We're in Sir Alfred Munnings garden in Dedham Vale waiting for the gallery to open. Just had a lovely lunch in the little cafe now we're on the lawn under a huge lime tree listening to a song thrush and being watched by two horses in the meadow. 

I know there's a tennis match on but we've been wanting to come here for ages and this is the first time it's open on a day that OH isn't working. ....... but I have got my Dunlop Green Flash on and I've set the TV record the match - wood pigeons are cooing and a green woodpecker is yaffling in the distance 

Can anyone identify this it comes up every year

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 10:21

I agree with Berghill. One of the many types of Persicaria. 

What is wrong with my Chilly plants?

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 09:41

Janani has sent me a PM explaining that he/she lives in California.  They've had the plant for a month and it has been repotted in fresh compost.  They water it daily and feed with Epsom Salt every two weeks.

I've replied as follows:

I think you've overdone the Epsom salts - I would only use them on a mature plant which needed a boost.

The best fertiliser for chilli plants is one sold for Tomatoes - as soon as flowers appear feed once every 10 days (diluted as instructions on the pack).

Chillies like to be kept a bit on the dry side, so daily watering is probably much too much.  Don't water until the soil an inch below the surface is dry (stick you finger in to feel).

However, I don't like the look of your plant - I can't see any growing point - it looks as if the tips have been pinched out - you'll have to be patient and wait and see if it grows any side shoots.  

I would get another plant as a back up.

Good luck. 


Posted: 09/07/2016 at 07:20

Good morning all  G'day Pat 

Dry and warm here 

Think we're destined not to have any beans this year. Slugs have taken the tips off all the new baby borlottis.   Oh well, I'll get some nematodes and sow even more chard and pal choi. 

Were out looking at art later today. Will record women's final. 

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