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Should I be afraid?.

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:43

 Close up (photo seems a bit distorted - sorry)

Should I be afraid?.

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:40

It grows on a single stem up to six feet tall with no basal rosette and sends out runners replicating itself.  I am pretty relaxed about what I allow to grow, usually leavIng visitors until I can assess whether or not I like the effect, and this one is attractive enough but I am rather wary that it might take over.  I would be happy if it clumped up towards the back of the border (I like the yellow flowers) but the runners all head toward the front dwarfing smaller plants.  It is while pulling up these wanderers that I have become concerned about the running underground stems.


Should I remove them before they set seed?

Thanks for your help.


replacing soil (incl. groundelder)

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:10

When you say you have got rid of 2 metres of ground elder you have to be aware that little pieces of root will regenerate so you have to keep an eye on the area and dig out or spray new shoots.  You might want to consider planting through landscape fabric in that area.

Plant ID please

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:24

I know this as Marvel of Peru but a neighbour calls it the four o'clock plant.  Grows like crazy from seed and has a wide variety of colours.  

What's stealing moss from the greenhouse

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 22:05

I caught grey squirrels making golf ball size holes on the lawn, probably to hide nuts and seeds.

Autumn flowering wallflowers

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 16:10

Lynn, sort of depends which part of the world you live in!  Assuming you are in the U.K. Why not try Stevia?

british summer

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:50

You are not alone.  Some of my begonias and pelargoniums are so far behind that the first frosts may arrive before their flowers.  My garden was wonderful in spring but summer has been a washout.  

Identification gratefully appreciated

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 18:37

I like a wildish type of planting and am happy to welcome mysterious n


ewcomers, at least until they have shown how they can fit in.  The photo is of a recent arrival which I have never seen before but which I suspect may turn out to be very invasive as there are creeping underground stems.  There are no basal leaves just upright flowering stems reaching 4-5 feet in height.  The flowers are still to open but look as though they will be yellow.  

Help with identification and advice will be gratefully appreciated.  Thanks everyone.

Droopy lavender and oregano

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 17:58

I always cover transplanted items with fleece or plastic, (if it is hot and sunny), removing the protection when the plant looks happy.  As for the slugs........I'm the last person to give advice about these.  I've tried broken eggshells, wool, sharp sand, beer traps, slug pellets, nighttime collection and the little lighters always return.  Good luck!

unknown fruit seed

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 16:20

Does the foliage have a distinctive smell when crushed?

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