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Help on a plant ID please

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 19:18

It looks to me like Alexanders - reputedly introduced to the UK by the Romans who grew it as a vegetable. It is very popular with foragers and I suggest that the best way of keeping it under control will be to harvest and eat it.

And cut it down each year before it seeds, then it won't spread from its allotted space. 

But get it checked by someone knowledgable before eating it as there are some vaguely similar plants which would do you no good if you ate them. 

Last edited: 11 February 2017 19:19:30

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 19:03

'Fraid I did Fairy 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 17:29

Mmmmmmmm I'm just thinking that tartiflette and a bottle of Chablis might be just the thing for Tuesdays supper ...... It's a real favourite of ours 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 17:02

Awwww so glad to read that Hosta - it's absolutely beautiful. 

I expect whoever it was who'd "looked" had been looking for a meringue 

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 16:43

Tartiflette    !!!.... Drooling here 

Planting around rubble

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 14:18

If it gets plenty of sun I'd clear the rubbish then scatter lots of Creeping Thyme seeds and similar - they'll grow in the cracks and not mind restricted root runs, and the bees and other pollinators will love them. 

Then you can grow other insect-friendly plants in pots in that area too - it'll look great. 

Poisoned by Sycamore....

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 14:14

  How awful!  Glad they've discovered what it is. 

Thanks for the warning - I'll pass it on as appropriate.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 14:11

Chicky - Gal. Mighty Atom has just raised it's beautiful head - it'll be open very soon

Just put a big pot of chilli on the hob - it'll chunter away all afternopn and be absolutely delicious by the time OH comes home

There'll be loads to freeze as well. 

Have a lovely evening - hope littlest Chicklet has enjoyed all her celebrations.

Last edited: 11 February 2017 14:12:15

Meet Basil and Bertha Blackbird

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 13:14


We're getting upwards of 20 blackbirds at a time in the garden in this cold spell - we're scattering cheap porridge oats and chopped apples, pears and peaches (bruised ones from the farm shop) and they just love them.

Hello Forkers - February 2017 Edition

Posted: 11/02/2017 at 13:11

 Hello again - I'm back from the city with yarn and knitting pattern - I wore my calf length thick down padded coat, warm boots, scarf, gloves and OH's woolly Russian hat with ear flaps - not 'cool', but very warm.

Liri, there seems to be  a real dearth of patterns for plainish men's sweaters that don't look as if they were designed in the 1960s. Plenty with lots of cabling and collars etc, but DS wants a plainish one - I found one eventually but think there's an error in the pattern as the photograph shows an unturned collar with a cast-off edge, whereas the making up instructions direct you to turn the neckband to the inside and slipstitch it loosely in place ... oh well, we'll wait until we get that far and see what DS wants.

Have heard from Wonky that her two new jumpers arrived safely and are 'just perfect'.

Now to put the kettle on - I shall join you all on the sofa - very tempted to watch Quo Vadis - haven't seen that for a very long time - always love Peter Ustinov playing a baddie

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