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Plant ID

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:25

There are types of persicaria which are garden plants, however I'm pretty sure the one you have is the one usually regarded as a weed.  It's often found on arable land and gardens.

Just in case its name worries you, although it is related, it is not Japanese Knotweed and there is no need to panic


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:19

Good morning all

Late night last night - went out with OH's colleagues for a leaving do - foody pub in the village so we walked there and back - good company, good food, very good wine and lots of it - very fuzzy head this morning  

OH has gone to work and I'm on the sofa in my jim jams with my second coffee - think I'll need several more before I can do anything useful today

bug killer

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 07:12

You should never use pesticides for anything other than the purpose for which it is developed.  Always follow the instructions on the packet. 

Apart from the fact that it is unlikely to work in the way that you want it to, it may leave toxic residues in your plants or in the soil.

RHS advice re Carrot Fly here

RHS advice re Cabbage Root Fly here

Hope this helps

Clematis problem

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 06:56

I have found that sometimes at this time of year a clematis will put on a lot of growth and then a shoot will just flop and die back.  I leave it alone and it grows new sideshoots and is fine. 

This has happened to my Clem. viticella Purpurea Plena Elegans this spring.  It was planted last spring against a west-facing wall.  It has performed beautifully.  It was cut hard back and is now making lots of new growth. 

Last week the top 12 inches or so of the tallest shoot just became limp and floppy.  I looked for snail damage but couldn't see any.  The soil is moist.  It's in a protected spot, nothing had knocked it - I just left it alone and can see that already that stem is putting out side shoots. 

As I've said, this is not the first time I've had this happen to a clematis - I'm not worried about it because it never seems to affect the plant in the longer term, but I am curious as to why this happens

Perhaps Richard has an idea?

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:50

If you use Danone Optimel or Yakult or similar save the little bottles, peel off the plastic wrap and use the bottles upside down on the ends of canes.  If you don't like the look of them paint them with acrylic or house paint.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:28

Wintersong - it's a Direct Debit so they could have put it up to the new amount, but they won't (he promised).  The new bill will be much much much lower!  Like Matty, he doesn't understand why the computer let such a huge jump go unqueried and he's going to get that checked too. 

Wonky - congratulations on patience with child

Making Nematode Soup from Slugs

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:23

Listen Again to today's Radio 2 Jeremy Vine gardening feature - there was a section on this very subject.


Posted: 01/05/2015 at 16:17

How lovely!  It's wonderful to hear them

Do people freeze produce?

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 15:35

Check that they will work in temps down to -10C.  I hadf a Hotpoint fridge-freezer in the garage and when the temperature in the garage dropped below about 4C the freezer stopped working.  This is because the ambient temperature is lower than the temperature in the fridge which is where the thermostat is.

After considerable research I replaced it with a Beko which will work in temperatures of down to -10C.  I'd always thought this to be an economy brand but I must say we are very impressed with the one we have.  It's 4 years old and has continued to work in low ambient temperatures.

If I underrstand things correctly the problem with the ambient temperature being too low doesn't apply to chest freezers.

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 14:10

I think that's frost damage too - it's ok, it won't do lasting damage - just continue to look after it as normal.  Hopefully the weather will warm up again soon

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