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Posted: 15/04/2015 at 16:41

Pdoc - I know you warned me but those plants do have sticky labels don't they !!!

Somehow a Euphorbia martini and an Anthyllis vulneraria leapt onto my trolly with the bags of manure - no idea how that happened but you can't put them back once you've got to the checkout can you - tooooooooooo embarassing


Posted: 15/04/2015 at 15:48

Well, at this time of year the birds will be pulling it up for their nests and the blackbirds will be rootling around in it to find worms beetles and grubs

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 15:46

Yes it is Ceres I just came indoors from the garden to say that 'cos it came to me just as I was weeding the front border

Think Madpenguin has got his/her numbering confused - it's the third photo (second plant) that's the aquilegia.

What are these?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 14:51

Hi Cidermill

Green alkanet (I'd try to get rid of it if I were you - I'd give it back to the 'friend')

aquilegia - lovely

dog violet - lovely but make sure it doesn't spread where you don't want it

Not aubretia but my mind's gone blank for it's name - someone will ID it in a minute



best way to get rid of rats

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 14:43

Decking provides an ideal home for rats -  I wouldn't have it in my garden.  Get professionals in to get rid of them and get them to come back on a regular basis until you and they are sure the problem is dealt with.

Clean the playhouse and toys with Dettol solution or similar - don't leave them out at night.  Teach grandson to wash his hands properly after playing in the garden and not to put his fingers in his mouth, eyes etc.  make sure wounds have a plaster on them.

Make sure guinea pig food etc is in rat proof containers.

And then, don't worry too much

To go or not to go ?

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 14:33

I think it's a very very old and tired snowberry. If it is you'll get some small pink flowers before too long.

If you don't want it cut it down and dig it out if at all possible - it'll keep trying to regrow so if you really don't want it you'll have to be thorough and tenacious. 

However, it's good cover for birds and small mammals so it might suit your purpose to cut it hard back and rejuvenate it rather than try to beat it!

sweet violet

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:48

Moist soil with lots of humus/leafmould in dappled shade - just as you'd find in a hedgerow or woodland edge.

Planting over spring bulbs

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:39

That's the main thing

Planting over spring bulbs

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 13:17

No, don't cut the leaves off of daffodils - they need the nutrition in the leaves to be drawn back down into the bulbs or they won't flower next year. Just leave them as they are and plant your bedding plants amongst them.

strim and mowing order

Posted: 15/04/2015 at 12:58
Verdun wrote (see)

A no brainer.  Strim or edge first then mow.  Mowing then tidies it all and creates a neat edge.  Why mow first????

'Cos OH does the mowing while I'm tidying the kitchen and listening to the Archers on Sunday morning - then I go outside and strim - he doesn't have the patience to deal with the tempermental strimming cord

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