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can someone please help me identify this plant :)

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:01

It sneaks into this garden under the fence from next door as runners but when we first arrived here it was in large woody clumps.  On the other side of the city there's a large area completely covered with it - pretty and the bees like it, but it does like the soil here so has to be controlled.  

can someone please help me identify this plant :)

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:49

Possibly Centranthus ruber, but can I just throw Saponaria officinalis into the ring (aka Soapwort, Bouncing Bet etc etc etc)  - I can't find any in my garden to check (I weeded it all out last week but there'll be plenty more in a month's time) but my Keble Martin looks pretty similar.  

can someone please help me identify this plant :)

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:39

No, it doesn't look like JKW 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:37

Good morning all   A bit late on here this morning - have been getting ahead with other household tasks in order that I can spend the rest of the day in the garden - but must go to GC first - more manure needed, and plants for the pond - good job I've found the vouchers I was given when I retired 

Bush advice please

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:28

I've seen Berberis thunbergii Atropurpurea used very effectively as a hedge to provide protection for garden birds from cats and sparrowhawks.  

It forms an attractive hedge, pollinating insects love the flowers, and it is very spiny!!!  Not advisable in a garden where toddlers will be unsupervised, but  perfect for a suburban front garden. as the question described. 


Major boo boo!

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 08:23

I absolutely wouldn't use any pesticide on edible plants - not ever, for any reason !!!

Presumably the client employs you because you know something about the job you're doing?  She should take the advice she's paying for. 

good morning everyone

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 21:10

Our birds have been nesting for a couple of weeks - the blackbird have nestlings!   I wouldn't cut a hedge or conifer back just now - and that'll give you time to beg or borrow a camera or get the insurance to cough up, then you can show us what you want to do and we can say yay or nay! 

Sorry to hear about the burglary - really horrid ((hugs)) 


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:37

Well done Scroggin - this looks interesting  

Pinching Out Tops of Broad Beans

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:25

Broad beans are wonderful 

Rose Garden

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 20:23

I think the type of rose flower shape you're talking about is the Hybrid Tea rather than the English Rose that David Austin specialises in.

Have a look here they have lots of choices which you can find via the search facility at the left hand side, but I think the one I've linked to - Lady Sylvia, would look gorgeous surrounded by lavender. 

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