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Is this St Johns Wort?

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 08:46

This is the one that's a problem in Australia


but even this one will spread and spread, and is a total pain to dig out

I'd only plant it on something like a dry bank that needed stabilising and where I didn't want to grow anything else.




Posted: 23/08/2015 at 08:37

 Must do the inside of my car before we go on holiday and meet up with Hosta and Lyn 


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 08:26

Morning KEF and Jo and whoever's snuck in behind me

Happy birthday to Little Fairy

Steve, you could have been describing our last garden, roughly the same size and north-facing surrounded by tall buildings, no sun except on one wall in mid summer    - the hedgehog came and went under the broken alley gate. 

We managed to grow runner beans up a small wigwam and strawberries in baskets on the sunny wall.  We made a pond by sinking a cut down plastic dustbin into the garden  We grew carrots and chard in broken recycling boxes by the back door. 

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 08:13
jo47 wrote (see)

Regarding holly Dove - what's needed for berries .......... is it self fertile? 

Two varieties are self fertile  ... Ilex aquifolium 'J.C. van Tol' (a spineless green holly) and 'Pyramidalis' (a green holly with sparsely prickled leaves)

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:45

That's it - you really only have to be brave when cutting back the first one - the rest you have to do so it doesn't look silly!

Looking forward to the updates


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:43

We sat out late in the garden yesterday evening, watching the frogs and hedgehogs. 

It seems that at least one hedgehog has taken up residence in the quiet corner where we've purposefully made heaps of sticks, prunings and old pea and bean haulm, as instead of coming through the hedgehog tunnel in the fence from the garden behind us, the first hog of the evening emerged from the quiet corner where there's absolutely no access to other gardens. 

Mike, if they're out in the daytime at this time of year there may be a problem - some areas of the country have been very hot and dry - could your hedgehog have been looking for a drink?  A shallow dish of water in a quiet corner could be a life-saver


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:36

Ma has Alzheimer's and since Pa died earlier this year she's been quite confused - however, she's always had a fondness for icecream so hopefully it'll make a nice little outing for her, and if we have to have icecream as well to encourage her, then we'll just have to force ourselves

Fingers crossed re the potato!

Help needed please with laurel hedge issues...

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:32
Tetley wrote (see)

Well, that is ...fairly brave      think I may have been a bit braver though.   Your plants are actually a bit close together. 

Now wait....they have some work to do underground.  The less they support on the top, the more root they will grow.   Let them get on with it, and stop worrying.   

I'd have tried to be a bit braver too - I'd take them down to knee-height - perhaps you have long legs?   But ok, you've done it and even if you don't reduce it any lower you'll still get a hedge - just lower would encourage quicker and thicker growth.

As Tetley says, the roots have got to get established now, so don't worry about them, let them get on with it - don't expect to see anything happen now until next year - if it does, then that's a bonus


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:21

Steve, our last garden was a tiny inner city Victorian terrace-type 'yard' no bigger than my dining room - and we had a hedgehog and frogs there too - you just have make sure they can get under the fences so they can get from garden to garden


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 07:18

Fortunately I'll have my very own version of Poldark on holiday with me

We didn't get any rain at all last night - now they're saying it'll arrive this evening and hang around for a few days ... the plan is to visit Ma this morning, and maybe take her out for a push down to the beach for an icecream ...

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