Dovefromabove


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pulmonaria

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 19:42

That definitely looks like a pulmonaria to me  - they're one of the first flowers to bloom in this garden - it often features in my New Year's Day flower count.


Maybe you were sensibly snug indoors and didn't notice it


They're one of the best early nectar sources for the first bees to be about in the spring.  

Name of this anenome

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 19:35

It's commonly known as Japanese anemone.  The one in your picture looks like Anemone hupehensis 'Bowles's Pink' .


I grow one with slightly more petals (and I think it's a little taller) called Anemone x hybrida 'September Charm'.


They're hardy in the UK.


Euphorbia lathyris

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 18:47

There are many other euphorbias - some are stunning - have a look here 


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2011/jan/22/gardens-euphorbia 


and here https://www.burncoose.co.uk/site/plants.cfm?pl_id=1837 


You may well decide that E. lathryis isn't the one for you, but some of the others may well be just what you need to add some style to your garden 

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 17:14

Hosta - home made tomato soup - nothing better 

Things I don't get

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:56

Obelixx - this is the sort of stuff I love http://www.emeraldfoods.co.uk/glace-fruit 


Just wish I was a bit nearer Cambridge.  I can get most of this in Norwich, but from shops at a premium price.  The market stall is much cheaper.  

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:47

I've had a productive afternoon  


 


Sweet cucumber pickle 


Second batch in the past fortnight - OH keeps eating it 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 15:09

Meadow/pasture grass is kept much longer than on lawns and horses don't expect it to be free of every little herb and bit of clover - it's a whole different thing. 

Plant/tree ID please

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:03

And me 

Fresh Horse Mannure

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:01

Agree - compost the manure so that it rots down well.


And I'm afraid you're going to have to dig out those weeds - do not rotovate them however much of a time-saver it may seem.  All it will do is chop up the roots of the perennial weeds, and each little bit of root will grow into a new weed.


Dig over with a fork, picking out every single weed and piece of root, and get rid of them.  The old way on allotments was to pile them up, let them dry out and then have a slow burning bonfire - but some sites don't allow this any more.  


Don't try to dig  when the soil is wet and claggy and sticks to your boots - you'll only 'break your back' and ruin the structure of your soil.  


I know it's hard work, but think of what you're saving on gym membership 

Euphorbia lathyris

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 13:35

A weed is a plant in the wrong place.  A lot of people like it for its architectural qualities and the way that it can add height and structure.  


If you don't like it, then it's a weed.


It's an interesting plant http://www.seedaholic.com/euphorbia-lathyris.html 


I've not known it to spread invasively via its roots, but it does catapult it's seeds quite widely.  However the seedlings are easy to recognise and weed out. 

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