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Unknown weed

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:38

Arum maculatum - aka Lords & Ladies, Cuckoo pint, Jack in the Pulpit and many other names

Great in a wildflower garden or woodland - not so good in a tidy border.  As has been said, you can dig them out or use glyphosate or both. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 10:02
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

bite the bullet and switch off the phone


That's what I told him - or at least put it on silent - but that's tantamount to cutting off his arm ... apparently



Front garden ideas?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 09:51

Definitely hostas

And Clematis alpinas and viticellas for the fence - will look fabulous!

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 09:37

Just had a phone call from son - his first day off in 6 weeks (including weekends) - he left instructions with everyone that if there were any queries today they should contact the Duty Manager.  Son's phone began ringing at 6.45am!!!  He is not best pleased!!!  I think there are a couple of people who's contracts may not be renewed!  


Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:50

Totally agree Rainbowfish

I follow the same ethos as Monty Don describes here

Mail Order "A Lottery"?

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:39
royd63k wrote (see)

Dove from above that is the company I had them from



I have had nothing but superb service from Taylors - please contact them immediately - I'm sure they'll sort the problem out .

If customers don't let them know that their delivery companies aren't performing properly there's nothing they can do.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:34

Congratulations KEF on being such a clever auntie

Gorgeous sunny morning full of birdsong here - I had planned to mow the lawns for the first time this morning, but we had rain overnight and the grass is soaking - it's just going to have to be weeding for now isn't it


Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:24
Snow wrote (see)
Spray with roseclear nothing like it!!!

Not only will it kill aphids, it'll kill ladybird larvae and hoverflies and possibly bees too.

There are lots of ways of getting rid of aphids without using insecticides. 

Much simpler and very much cheaper to brush them off with your fingers or a paintbrush, or a jet of water from the hosepipe.

Encourage bluetits and don't kill the ladybirds and hoverflies and you'll create an ecological balance in your garden and the aphids will be under control.

See what Monty Don has to say on the subject


Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:08

I prefer not to use insecticides as they also kill the ladybirds and their larvae and the other insects which eat the greenfly.

If there are a lot of greenfly early in the season I brush most of them off with my fingers (if you're squeamish use a paintbrush) - otherwise a jet of water from the hose will do the trick.

I leave some for the ladybirds, hoverflies and bluetits - especially the bluetits who need the little greenfly as the first meals for their tiny nestlings.

Encourage the good insects and the bluetits and you'll soon develop a healthy balance in your garden

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 25/03/2016 at 08:03

Good morning all   G'day Pat



 Breakfast anyone?

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