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Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:23

Got it!  It's the Snowberry or Symphoricarpos 

Invasive Plant taking over bed (and lawn)

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 09:16

I know what it is and I can't for the life of me think of its name - it has small pink flowers and round white fruits and used to be commonly grown as ground cover in game woods.  I shall get my books out ... 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 08:10

Oooh Panda ........... you look gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

And yes, BL's Open Garden is today .............. enjoy!!! 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 08:03

Good morning all 

I'm getting the hang of things on here too Pat - just a few more tweaks and I think it'll be ok - I did have serious doubts earlier 

Topbird, was it your OH who wanted to photograph the Flying Scotsman on it's visit to Norwich later this month?  Has he picked up that the visit has been postponed due to the problems caused on previous trips by idiots on the line???  

It's a glorious morning - nearly 18C already and only dropping to 10.7C overnight.  The wildlife seemed to enjoy the warm night too - I heard tawny owls and muntjacs calling quite close by, and I'm sure I heard a barn owl too - I've not heard one around here before 

And I have an announcerment to make - today is Officially Gardening and BBQing day today !!! And the sunlounger is coming out of the garage 

These caterpillars are kicking my garden's a*se.

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 07:48

Leaves eaten at this time of year will re-grow (well, maybe not the alliums, but they have too many leaves anyway ).

As has been said - they're part of the rich cycle of life in your garden and those that escape the birds' attentions will go on to become pollinating insects for your plants.  Some things we just have to put up with  

Building up borders around Established Trees

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 07:42

I agree with Darren   

I absolutely would not increase the soil level over the roots of established trees - particularly something as wonderful as a row of pleached limes.

Time for a re-think 

Turn this into a flower bed?

Posted: 08/05/2016 at 07:38

Well-made garden compost would be good I agree Darren    - but if the Poster doesn't have a compost heap I don't think adding bags of multi-purpose potting compost from the garden centre will do much good - it dries out and goes powdery within a short while and doesn't really improve the structure of the soil, in my experience. 

I'd get some bags of well-rotted farmyard manure for the garden centre - it's not unpleasant and smelly, honest!  Quite ok to tip out and fork thickly over the bed - within a short while the worms will have incorporated it into the soil and your growing conditions will have improved hugely. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 19:48

Yviestevie - thank you 

Topbird - haven't heard a cuckoo yet this year, but living in hope 

Panda - 

Fairy -   hope you're feeling better now 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 16:56
fidgetbones says:...I had 900g of live mealworms  arrive today. The blackbird loves them. I've put them in the garage fridge. Do I feed them?
See original post

 Ours usually come with some bran in with them or a little bag of bran to sprinkle on them  - but they're usually comatose in our garage fridge. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 07/05/2016 at 16:50

Joining you Linda - Cheers!  

Medicinal purposes only you understand 

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