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Any thoughts what type of plant this is?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:16

That's a buddleia Panda 

Potatoes - Dopey Question No 7

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 17:15

Earlies are ready when they flower (but a few types don't flower).  You can feel around in the soil with your hand and if you find potatoes about the size of a hen's egg, then they're ready.   Usually about 10 weeks after planting.

Apparently the word spud has the same derivation as the word spade and is to do with digging a hole to plant the potato. 



Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:41

If you'd like to know what your tree is post a picture of the whole tree, plus a close-up of the leaves, and we'll have a go at identifying it for you.

To post a pic just click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.

It sounds like a lovely location. 

Chelsea photos

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:34

South Africa is a large exporter of cut flowers which contributes a great deal to the country's balance of payments - Chelsea is a brilliant shop window for them to show off the wide variety they can produce.  

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:23

Gooseberry sawfly 

I'd try using nematodes.

Good luck. 

Damage to Hellebore and Laurel

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 16:21

That looks to me like snail damage - from pretty hungry snails.  Is that this year's new foliage or last year's?

I can't see any signs of this winter/spring's flowers - did they not flower or have you  removed them? 

ID please if poss

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:49

Hogweed - tell Kate if the stems are reddish and slightly bristly with a groove along the upper surface then it's definitely hogweed - good food for pet rabbits and goats, but otherwise only for large wildlife gardens.  

It'll have a deep tap root so tell her to take the garden fork out there with her 


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:44

A long way to go before it's 'high quality' Verdun - the work on the front lawn is repairing the damage done by three builder's skips parked on it for 9 months when we first moved in!!!  

Most people would probably have had it stripped and turfed or at least re-seeded, but I have a pension to look after now and anyway, I like a challenge! If I tell people on here that they don't need to spend a fortune on a new lawn, then I'd better practise what I preach.

And the bees like the clover and new turf wouldn't have that 

Well, after the mug of soup and a sandwich I went out and sowed a row of Baby Gems and a row of Oriental Red Mustard - stood back to admire my handiwork and the rain started again - only soft summer rain so really it's just what's needed to water the grass seed in, but it means I'm back indoors noodling with you lot again. 

ID of this perennial

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:19

Not really the right sort of spot for it.  They like well-drained soil with some grit in it, and sunshine. 

Damage to Hellebore and Laurel

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:17

Hi David

Can you post some pictures of the damage please.

To post a pic on here you need to click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.

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