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Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 21:31

I think my post may have been a bit ambiguous DD -  the grass is Phalaris not the small green stuff - that's the ground elder! I would have suggested charley's resolution but Phalaris can be quite tough to dig out if it's a big clump. Try that way first if you want a non chemical method, but if you find it too hard and the only way forward is weedkiller, you could maybe put some wire mesh or a similar barrier round the clump to keep the cats away until it dies off. The cleaner you can get the plant the easier it will be in future. 

Ornamental grass and ground elder

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:10

Looks like Phalaris (Gardener's Garters) It can be quite invasive.

If you can get some weedkiller painted on the leaves that would probably be the best way to tackle the problem. If  you get some on the grass and it dies back - it'll soon grow another bit to cover it anyway! 


My Garden

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:39

Your hard work's paid off Scott. Isn't it lovely when you start to see the rewards of all your effort? Here's hoping we get some good weather so that you can carry on developing it all. We have a thread called Garden Gallery where we put pix of all our plants and projects so put some on there too Scott. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:22

What are you after Verd?...

I ain't got nuffink...

You ain't seen me...right?


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 19:06

Verd - you know it makes sense 

Have phoned the nice guy who did work for us at last house and he will see me right 

Hmm - just realised that could be taken the wrong way...didn't mean it like that  

Pity you didn't get to speak to the experts Panda - glad you had a good time.

KEF - enjoy your tea. I've just had some nice brown Spelt loaf with butter, cheese and an apple. 


Posted: 16/04/2014 at 18:13

What busy people you've all been today. I've done nothing outside as I had a busy day at work and I've had other things to do re the extension. Progress being made, but first quote is so far beyond what I've got saved it would require me to sell my body or something ......doubt I'd get much for it anyway.  

Lovely pic BL. 

Woody - that's the best kind of loveliness - 'free, gratis and for nothing' as my Dad used to say  

Should really go and make dinner.

Painting of fence

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:55

Nut - if I had my way that orange stuff would be banned. I'm still trying to get rid  of it on the fences that were here. I think I'm at the third coat on some bits and it still won't give up 

 I think it depends on the look you want  John. I've done my new trellis (on one fence) and the raised beds black so that plants will stand out against it and it will be a contrast to the fence and a bit more of a feature in winter when the climbers die down. I'd have painted that fence a lighter colour - sagey green - to give a better contrast, but most of it was the aforementioned orange so it's olive green now. Dark colours can be useful for a boundary in a small garden. It makes the garden seem bigger because the fence 'disappears' when you plant in front of it.  A light or bright colour can make a real feature especially if you choose plants carefully to leave bits of the fence on show. As obelixx says, you'll need quite a few coats of cream to get a good density of colour.

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:43

Think you have it lg. I did a google- definitely looks like delavayi 

What tree/shrub is this?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:29

Here's mine. It was definitely burkwoodii. Leaves have tiny serrations which you can see when you enlarge:


Begginers help

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 16:42

A book I had many years ago which was very useful is Alan Titchmarsh's 'How to be a Gardener'. It gives lots of basic information and advice. Something which will  help with identifying various shrubs, trees and plants would be useful - the RHS have several books of that type. I have the Reader's Digest one which is very good too. 

And don't forget you can take pix and put them on here for help with anything you want identified, and if you're unsure of anything  - ask questions, as there are loads of experienced, helpful people here who will answer them  

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