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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.


Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:52
Verdun wrote (see)

................Bit of a chill ....prob when slug hunting late couple of nights ago in the rain.

Hey! Passed a fav nursery on way back this morn and resisted the urge to stop.  How's that for will power?  


Probably the effect of the chill 

I've just spent the morning crawling on my hands and knees grubbing out a whole trug full of dandelions and hawkweed from the front lawn.  I went out there to do something else, but the soil's nice and soft so I thought I might just as well get on with it while it's not raining.  After that I sprinkled some grass seed over the whole lawn, and a bit more in the bare patches.  We'll soon have a bowling green 

Now for a mug of soup then back outside again - this time in the back garden 

ID of this perennial

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:33

I don't know that one - I'm an Adnams girl - but I bet OH knows it 

ID of this perennial

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:28

It's a saxifrage - known as London Pride 

Who pays for Things

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 13:27

Think he does the voice-over for Wickes tv ads.

Charlie was on tv not long ago - can't remember what on - was it to do with making a garden pond?  

Mony Don

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 11:11

How very odd.  The OP's name suddenly appeared as Juniper J then changed back again 

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