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Posted: 02/05/2015 at 11:06

Meomye - Wonky is working some long shifts this weeked, I'm sure she'll get back to you eventually

grape or currant

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:20

It might be fun to grow the vine as a climber for it's foliage, but unless you know the variety  it'll be difficult to know what conditions it needs to produce grapes - some are much better inside. 

The beech/lime or whatever tree it is will be a big tree - do you want a big tree? If you do then plant it, if you don't then chop it up and compost it.

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 10:15

I'm postponing my participation until the temperature improves - don't want chilblains on my ...... unmentionables


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 09:45

Morning again - showered and dressed and Alka Seltzer taken - I think I will live - must have more coffee ............

grape or currant

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 08:33

I agree with Dave


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 08:01
Dordogne Damsel wrote (see)

Good morning, 

Dove hope that coffee does the trick.   ...

A bacon sarnie is helping

It's a very very long time since I've been out and not had to drive back, so I'm obviously out of practice

Sorry to hear about the pink jods - what a PITA - get some Dylon Dye Remover to keep in the cupboard for the future, just in case

Plant ID

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:25

There are types of persicaria which are garden plants, however I'm pretty sure the one you have is the one usually regarded as a weed.  It's often found on arable land and gardens.

Just in case its name worries you, although it is related, it is not Japanese Knotweed and there is no need to panic


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:19

Good morning all

Late night last night - went out with OH's colleagues for a leaving do - foody pub in the village so we walked there and back - good company, good food, very good wine and lots of it - very fuzzy head this morning  

OH has gone to work and I'm on the sofa in my jim jams with my second coffee - think I'll need several more before I can do anything useful today

bug killer

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:12

You should never use pesticides for anything other than the purpose for which it is developed.  Always follow the instructions on the packet. 

Apart from the fact that it is unlikely to work in the way that you want it to, it may leave toxic residues in your plants or in the soil.

RHS advice re Carrot Fly here

RHS advice re Cabbage Root Fly here

Hope this helps

Clematis problem

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 06:56

I have found that sometimes at this time of year a clematis will put on a lot of growth and then a shoot will just flop and die back.  I leave it alone and it grows new sideshoots and is fine. 

This has happened to my Clem. viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans this spring.  It was planted last spring against a west-facing wall.  It has performed beautifully.  It was cut hard back and is now making lots of new growth. 

Last week the top 12 inches or so of the tallest shoot just became limp and floppy.  I looked for snail damage but couldn't see any.  The soil is moist.  It's in a protected spot, nothing had knocked it - I just left it alone and can see that already that stem is putting out side shoots. 

As I've said, this is not the first time I've had this happen to a clematis - I'm not worried about it because it never seems to affect the plant in the longer term, but I am curious as to why this happens

Perhaps Richard has an idea?

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Monday 27th July 
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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

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Flower ID please

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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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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 12:41

Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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Last Post: 21/06/2015 at 19:25

ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 15:20

I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:15

Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Last Post: 11/06/2015 at 19:34

Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Last Post: 14/06/2015 at 09:09

Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Last Post: 09/06/2015 at 10:01

Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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