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What's this plant?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 07:16

Ivy??? you've got ivy too??? - we had ivy up to the eaves and 7ft wide on each fence - the weight of it brought the fences down  in a rainstorm!!!  

But we've got rid of the ivy and the Russian Vine and the soapwort only creeps through from next door when I let it - I was out there attacking it yesterday!!!  

If you're not my neighbour then the person who lived at your house before you must be cloned from the person who lived here!!!  

what is attacking my echinacea plant

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 07:12

Pah!  Putting slug pellets down doesn't mean that it can't be slugs .... they don't read the instructions 

If it isn't slugs it's snails 

Or it's both of them ............ they gang up on us you know 

Get some dry gritty sand and spread it thickly on the soil all around the plants for a radius  of about 6" - they won't cross that.  Then make sure there are no plants nearby that they can climb up and weigh down and use as a 'bridge' - they're very crafty!

Then the only way they can get to the plants is by tunnelling underground, so that narrows the culprits down to those little grey slugs 

Good luck - we're all in this together you know 

What's this plant?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 07:03

Pics 1 and 2 must be from different plants - 

I think Pic 1 is possibly Saponaria officinalis aka Soapwort or Bouncing Betty - grows fast and is invasive but doesn't climb.

I think Pic 2 is possibly Polygonum baldschuanicum/Fallopia baldschuanica aka Russian Vine/Mile a Minute etc etc etc. 

Both of which were rampant in this garden when we moved in here - Andykites,  are you my neighbour? 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:49

According to the map Alan's still in Wales!!!


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:44

Good morning KEF   No, neither do I   Good job some of us have other means of communication 

Lily of the Valley

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:39

I suspect the crystals are water retaining gel used by growers to conserve moisture in the pots.

Yes, plant the poor thing outside - it won't be at all happy indoors - it needs moist humus-rich soil in a fairly shady place - if you can get the conditions right it'll spread and you'll have a carpet of fragrant flowers in springs to come. 

Laying turf over old turf?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:34

Apart from the help from the dog - do I gather that there may have been drainage problems - if so I'd get that sorted first, we may have more wet winters.  Have you got a clay 'pan' beneath your lawn which needs breaking up?


Newly planted hawthorn hedge

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:26

As Nut says, the hedge will leaf up before too long - you will be quite a bit later up there than down here!!!  And also as she says, mulching and keeping the base clear of grass and weeds is important, particularly while the hedge is young - this way the hedge will get all the moisture and nutrients that are available instead of being robbed by weeds whose roots are nearer the surface.  

A hawthorn hedge is a lovely thing and can be part of the landscape for centuries - a slow start is a steady one. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 06:21

Good morning all   Early start today as out at auctions with son - being picked up at 8am .......... so I've been up and dressed for an hour already  

Verdun, I imagine that Clueless is busy on his veg patch - he seems to have boundless energy!

Panda, don't think Bill's flowers are daffs 

Well done OL 

Hello Lily   I expect you're all still in the Land of Nod .......................... 

Plant ID please

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 19:52

Viburnum burkwoodii? 

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