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Seedling/Weed ID

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:23

My first thought was arum, but I don't know of one with serrated leaves

Training a pillar Rose

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:22

Hi Matty

I think this video will give you what you need - the first bit gives you the principles of pruning a pillar rose then he goes on to show you how to wrap the canes around the pillar.

My only thought is  that Handel is one of the stiffer climbers, so don't let the stems get too mature before training them in.  It is a gorgeous rose - my besf friends had one on the front of their first little cottage when our children were small - happy memories


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 15:08
Bookertoo wrote (see)

Just as a matter of interest, beyond common courtesy - does it matter what gender anyone is?

Back to hostas, has anyone tried the 'white feather' one I keep seeing advertised?  I did try one but it burned up even in partial shade, so I never got to see if it went green later - anyone had success with it? 

Of course it doesn't - although it is nice to get the 'hims' and 'hers' applied appropriately if possible - however I've never minded being called Dave occasionally

As for White Feather, I've never seen it looking anything but miserable

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:45

In my experience there's no point in digging the roots out and then spraying what remains - that's doing the job twice. 

Just wait until the leaves are growing actively and spray them with glyphosate THEN WAIT UNTIL THE LEAVES GO BROWN AND DIE before digging the bindweed up.  If you do it too soon the roots will still be alive and every little bit that gets left behind will grow into a new plant.

You might need to do the job a couple of times, but you will get rid of it by doing the above - we did - and the bindweed had reached the upstairs windowsills when we moved in!

You will probably find that a nearby garden has bindweed and it's spreading via your boundary, so each spring keep your eyes open for the telltale heartshaped leaves around your fence and spray them with glyphosate when they appear.

Good luck


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 14:34

Brrrrrrrrrr!!!  Jolly cold and windy out there!  Even in the city centre!

I've bought Pa some new polo-type shirts for his birthday M&S small size - he used to take XL

I bought some Sicilian sausages from the market - I'm going to turn them into meatballs and have them with pasta for supper (sorry KEF )  I also bought some Toulouse sausages to freeze and do something with later, and I bought a new knitting pattern and some gorgous (expensive) yarn to knit myself a jacket when I've finished DD's cardi. 

Now I'm bushed!


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:59

I said he's a he




Turning a compost heap without hurting the wildlife

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 13:56

You could use a 'Beet Fork' which has balls on the end of the prongs


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 09:46

I noticed the same Bekkie - mine's in a pot in the south-facing corner of the terrace - about as protected as it can get around here


Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:41

I usually remove the flowers of my hostas too - the plants bulk up quicker if you don't allow them to flower.

chicky wrote (see)

He's a she

Pretty sure he's not

Iris reticulata not flowering

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 08:08

Mine aren't out yet  as they don't get much sun where they are until a bit later on

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