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Latest posts by Dovefromabove

unknown red stemmed weed help?

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:49

Hi Anton - that looks like Common Hogweed to me.

If I'm right the leaf stalks should have a groove down them.

As children we picked loads of it for our pet rabbits.  It's a common roadside weed and is often gathered by foragers

What sort of weedkiller are you using?  It's usually pretty easily dealt with using glyphosate - but you need to bruise the leaves before spraying, then wait until the leaves turn brown before pulling the plants up - that can sometimes take two or three weeks -  that way the chemicals will have got back to the roots and killed them.

I imagine that the garden has been neglected for a couple of years and hogweed has been allowed to flower and seed - if you don't allow it to do that you'll get rid of it relatively easily. 

Good luck.


The Great Chelsea Garden Design Challenge

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:32

As I've mentioned on Hello Forkers - it's about window dressing/set design - not gardening   although to be fair, I suppose that's in the title.


Posted: 12/05/2015 at 05:23

Good morning to anyone else daft enough to be up already   I was woken by the dawn chorus and couldn't get back to sleep.  I've already been outside to top up the robin's mealworms. 

I had a fuzzy head when I went to bed last night, and now I've got blocked up ears - I drove past lots of oilseed rape fields yesterday - think the pollen has got to me.

Topbird, sounds like you're having fun and BL and Matty too

Hope Hostafan's knee is feeling better and that his OH's elbow is bearing up. 

Haven't we all been working hard?

Verdun, I agree with everything you say about the Chelsea Challenge last night - trees were just being slotted into holes, not planted.  It's about window dressing/set design, not gardening - that should be explained at least.


Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:06

Verdun is in the tropical paradise of Cornwall - his plants grow soft and lush all year round -  down there anything lower than 15C is alarming

out of control kids and their parents

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 21:02

If they're not gardeners, or their parents/grandparents weren't gardeners, then neither the parents nor the children will understand.   After all, if you lobbed a ball over the fence into their garden I don't suppose there's much it could damage.

Pansyface is right, hang on to the ball, show them the damage and explain how long it took to grow your plants and how much they cost to produce.  They may not offer any compensation - but at least they may understand a little bit and be more careful next time. 

Good luck


Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:57

Send for Sir Francis Drake!!!

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 20:38


Wonky - you were very brave ((hugs))

Saving my Bobo Hydrangea

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:56
LilyPeony wrote (see)
I am so happy to see he is alive and well!

That's lovely news

I take it that your husband's pruning shears have been confiscated, otherwise there may be doubts as to how long he keeps his job as Under Gardener!!!

Unknown fruit bush

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:52

Makes sense to me   I tend to stick to Captain Kirk and Mr Spock

Oh eck!

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 19:47

Oh 'eck Verdun - I'd better try to find the roll of fleece that's somewhere under all the Aged Ps' stuff in the garage

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