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Plant ID

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:44

No. 1.  Snakeshed fritillary - a flower of old damp meadows, rare in the wild.

No. 2 is Lathyrus vernus - spring vetchling - a lovely thing. 

No. 3 is Cardamine pratensis also known as Ladies Smock and Cuckoo Flower - another lovely flower of old damp meadows, getting quite rare in the wild. 

You've got some quite special things in your garden - lucky you 



Posted: 27/04/2014 at 19:38

Lots of info re growing rhubarb on this thread 

Hope it helps. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:41

The perfume was intoxicating, and as OH said, the colour was so intense it was as if the 'colour balance' was reversed  - wherever you looked the ground was an intense blue and overhead were the browns and greens of the branches.  

We walked for over an hour and were surrounded by bluebells everywhere we looked - I've been to other bluebell woods, but this was the most amazing sight - obviously a really good year for bluebells, and of course the woodland being around 5,000 years old probably helps 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:36

As well as Nut's suggestion, it could be Allium triquetrum (onionweed)  or possibly Garlic chives (aka Chinese chives)

A quick way of telling the difference before they flower, is that the Allium triquetrum has leaves that are 'three cornered' or triangular in cross-section,  hence another name for them which is Three-cornered garlic.   Garlic chives leaf profile is flat. 

A lot of people confuse the two. 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 17:24


Turn your compost thoroughly every couple of days - that should help. 

Strange Bird Behaviour

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:29
Mattbeer87 wrote (see)

Strange thing Dove is that he left it there 

It was a pretty big caterpillar mind you! :P

Maybe he realised it would choke the nestlings 

Camera Corner

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 16:21

We had a lovely walk in Foxley Woods today - really ancient woodland

 Early Purple Orchids

 125 hectares of ancient woodland and bluebells as far as the eye can see 




Posted: 27/04/2014 at 15:53

Hi folks - we're back from walking in the bluebell woods - lovely and sunny all the time - I'll post some pics somewhere in a bit.

Matty, good to see you and what lovely news!  Just as we were leaving the bluebell woods a bride and groom and small bridesmaid turned up in all their finery to have photos taken amongst the bluebells 

Edd, the Lovely Builder made a soil clamp against the back fence with wooden sides, all protected with damp proof membrane and covered with a tarpaulin.  It's all lovely loamy topsoil so I'll be using it with leafmould and compost for potting up and filling raised beds etc, and other such things. 

Clari - love your frogs   we have frogs in the garden but I've not seen any in the pond yet.  


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 15:35

One of the advantages of getting on a bit I suppose, we don't rush quite as much as we used to 

I'm sure your St Swithun will send up some more good shoots 


Posted: 27/04/2014 at 15:25

I'm about to plant a rose very close to where we've dug out an old climbing rose.  I'm going to replace some of the soil (with some of the soil dug out when we dug the pond) and dig in loads of well-rotted farmyard manure and leaf mould, and use micorrhizal fungi on the roots - I will then cross my fingers and pray 

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