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What's this plant?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 07:03

Pics 1 and 2 must be from different plants - 

I think Pic 1 is possibly Saponaria officinalis aka Soapwort or Bouncing Betty - grows fast and is invasive but doesn't climb.

I think Pic 2 is possibly Polygonum baldschuanicum/Fallopia baldschuanica aka Russian Vine/Mile a Minute etc etc etc. 

Both of which were rampant in this garden when we moved in here - Andykites,  are you my neighbour? 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:49

According to the map Alan's still in Wales!!!


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:44

Good morning KEF   No, neither do I   Good job some of us have other means of communication 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:39

I suspect the crystals are water retaining gel used by growers to conserve moisture in the pots.

Yes, plant the poor thing outside - it won't be at all happy indoors - it needs moist humus-rich soil in a fairly shady place - if you can get the conditions right it'll spread and you'll have a carpet of fragrant flowers in springs to come. 

Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:34

Apart from the help from the dog - do I gather that there may have been drainage problems - if so I'd get that sorted first, we may have more wet winters.  Have you got a clay 'pan' beneath your lawn which needs breaking up?


Newly planted hawthorn hedge

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:26

As Nut says, the hedge will leaf up before too long - you will be quite a bit later up there than down here!!!  And also as she says, mulching and keeping the base clear of grass and weeds is important, particularly while the hedge is young - this way the hedge will get all the moisture and nutrients that are available instead of being robbed by weeds whose roots are nearer the surface.  

A hawthorn hedge is a lovely thing and can be part of the landscape for centuries - a slow start is a steady one. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:21

Good morning all   Early start today as out at auctions with son - being picked up at 8am .......... so I've been up and dressed for an hour already  

Verdun, I imagine that Clueless is busy on his veg patch - he seems to have boundless energy!

Panda, don't think Bill's flowers are daffs 

Well done OL 

Hello Lily   I expect you're all still in the Land of Nod .......................... 

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:52

Viburnum burkwoodii? 

Wildlife pond

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:47

We started our pond off with tap water two weeks ago - we left it a week for chlorine to evaporate then added some oxygenating plants - a few days ago we went pond dipping and brought back some containers of mini-beasts to 'start' the pond.  

Our pond gets sunshine for a good part of the day at the moment, but it's not turned green yet, in fact the water is beautifully clear and I spend lots of time each day watching the diving beetle and pond skaters that have already made it their home.  

If it's any use, I found this site really helpful when making our pond 

and this site is a brilliant source of UK native pond plants 

Don't forget to take lots of pics to show us 



Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:23

OL it's going to be fine - try to train the new shoots around rather than up and then it'll fill the 'obelisk'. 

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