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What kind of Garden injuries hav you had

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 13:26
David K wrote (see)
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

Last year I tripped over the back door step, smashed my face on the tomato pots and broke my wrist and some fingers on the terrace


.....and Mr Dove was A-MA-ZING!!!

He was indeed - I'm touched that you remember


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 13:10

If Giant Hogweed is growing along river banks, canal sides, footpaths etc, I'm sure local communities (parish councils etc)  can bring pressure to bear on the responsible authorities - local tv and newspapers are usually only too keen to get involved in this sort of thing.

ID please

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:44
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Yes, that's the one. I'm being very impressed with them.

Don't forget they are annuals

The person that gave them to me said they self seed but I shall be collecting some.

Me too - they're lovely.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:05
Invicta2 wrote (

Is it true that land owners have a responsibilty to eliminate it? Judging by the profusion along the banks of the River Irwell, if it is true then Bolton and Salford Councils will have their work cut out destrying it on their own property and enforcing the destruction on private land. If I ever saw a young plant coming up in my locality [ not a prvate garden of course, there I would let the householder know what a menace they have] I would use one those hand held glyphosate sprays  without consulting any land owner.


No, as the link I posted earlier shows

"Prevent the spread of invasive, non-native plants

You must not plant in the wild or cause certain invasive and non-native plants to grow in the wild. This can include moving contaminated soil or plant cuttings. If you do, you can be fined or sent to prison for up to 2 years.

The most commonly found invasive, non-native plants include:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam
  • Rhododendron ponticum
  • New Zealand pigmyweed (this is banned from sale)

You’re not legally obliged to remove these plants or to control them. However, if you allow Japanese knotweed to grow onto other people’s property you could be prosecuted for causing a private nuisance. "

ID please

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:57

Ah, that makes sense - Nut gave them to me, but when I looked back at my diary I thought I'd confused myself, because I'd bought some more 'normal' delphiniums and thought I'd written the word down twice - so I wasn't wrong

Thank you

It is pretty isn't it?  and the bees love it

ID please

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:30

I was given some of these by a friend earlier this year - I didn't make a note of their name but thought never mind, when they flower  I'll recognise them ...... but I don't.

Any ideas please?

 Sorry about the sideways pic.


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 11:12

Wonky - that's real romance that is, not sentimentality - he's a treasure

Bet Papa Womble was impressed!!!  LOL

4thPanda wrote (see)

Morning all 

 Congrats Snoodle  Another blue one 

Guide camp prep for me, am away for the weekend . . . . So I have to sort out my bed and my clothes 

Wot fun!!! - somewhere nice???

Damson pests

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 09:48

Anything like any of these

If so, just welcome them with open arms and let them have a few damsons, 'cos they'll be eating all those horrid aphids too


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 08:52

Nice thought Rinus K, but no - rust is a fungal disease, spread by spores.  It gets its name from the colour of the affected leaves.

I've frequently noticed that hollyhocks growing in beds seem almost guaranteed to contract rust, whereas I know of hollyhocks growing from gaps in paving, tarmac etc, with no soil at the surface seem to survive virtually rustless for years and years. 

My conclusion is that the spores fall from the affected leaves and if they fall on the soil they linger there over the winter to reinfect the plant the following year, whereas if they fall on paving, tarmac etc the spores are washed away in the winter, hence less chance of re-infection.  Just a thought



Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:35

HURRAH!!!   Welcome back Snoodle - glad all went well - have been thinking of you - (did some counting ).  So two boys now then?!  Glad this one seems to like being in the garden - that's a good start   How's his big brother taking to the new arrival?

(Such a shame it wasn't hswk that made you feel queasy )

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Shall we pool our piggy banks?

Or shall we stick with our seed swap? 
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Oh dear! Is this the beginning of the end?

Shall we have to say goodbye ... 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens

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ID please

Can't remember  
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Flower ID please

Spring flower in Northern Brittany  
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Sisyrinchium striatum

Aunt May 
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The reason I'm not weeding

And it's not laziness ...  
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Markings on hosta leaves

What can I do about this pest? 
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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

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

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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