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Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:09

It's soft rush - juncus effusus - grows in damp meadows etc.  If you want a bog garden it's a plant, but if you want a lawn then it's a weed. 

In years gone by it was used to make 'rush lights' a cheap substitute for candles, made by soaking the pith in tallow (animal fat obtained after cooking).

Surface Water

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 16:05

I'm wondering whether there's a blocked land drain or ditch or some other blocked waterway nearby. Have a word with neighbours and see if they can shed any light on the problem.  If they have no idea it might be worth consulting a Chartered Land Surveyor.  

can you prune rose now with new leaf growth?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 14:58

Agree with Dave -  fine to do it now and give it some FB&B afterwards. 

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 14:57

Absolutely fine - do it this weekend. 


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 14:13

I'm a very happy Dove   in Autumn 2012 I planted 2 Fritillaria Imperialis bulbs in a pot - they grew but didn't flower.  

Last autumn I had a think and remembered that in a garden I inherited the Imperial Lily bulbs were right up at the surface of the soil and they flowered really well, so I repotted them with the bulbs just below the surface and the noses peeking through ........................................... and today I've just spotted that one of them has a flowering spike with buds on 


Posted: 08/03/2014 at 12:52

The trick with using glyphosate is to leave the plants to die off properly before pulling them up and cultivating the soil.  Only then will the roots be dead as well.  

I leave them until they turn brown.  

If you pull them up and cultivate the soil too soon every little bit of root left in the soil will grow again and you'll be back where you started. 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 10:01

Sue  love those little alpines


gorgeous hellebores Lyn 

Nemesia Wisley Vanilla

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 08:21
ian marshall wrote (see)

thanx nutty,,,i can see some signs of life just about but other looking a bit brown & lifeless.

I didn't know that about annuals so in theory if looked after any annual will flower again & again?


No - what Nutcutlet said was:

nutcutlet wrote (see)

A lot of plants grown as annuals are really perennial, they die at the end of the season because they're not hardy.

See my bold italics.  Nut said 'a lot' not 'all'.  True annuals only last one year - that's why they're called 'annuals'.


ian marshall wrote (see)

if mine survive the winter does anyone know if they are ok to divide?

If there are several stems coming from the roots you may be able to divide nemesia - never tried it myself.  But some bedding plants are grown as little clumps of several plants - think nemesia is sometimes grown like this, so you may be able to split it up anyway.  

Let us know. 


greenhouse advice

Posted: 08/03/2014 at 07:51
Lawnmower Chris wrote (see)

.... I just want to know whose on washing up duties next week!!


It's ok, my OH does the washing up, except on Saturdays - that's the only day we need a rota for 

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