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Posted: 20/08/2013 at 18:36

At the risk of detention-....chicky - what was going on in Leicester Square?? 

Boy Band??


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 14:07

I have a Ligularia which is in full flower and it has loads of bees on it every day which is lovely, but sometimes they do look as if they're resting/sleeping. Hope they're not having their Last Supper.... 

Have a huge buddleia just bursting into flower so I'm hoping to see lots of activity there now.


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 14:01

Pam someone asked recently about ragwort being poisonous and  I said I'd never had any ill effects and was always pulling it up when I worked with horses (for 20 years) I've never heard of it affecting humans but maybe it does. Perhaps you should have it checked out.

chick- I'm currently noodling then! 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 13:45

Hi Julie. What sort of size of area are you talking about and what kind of height are you looking for, and are the trees deciduous or evergreen? If you have conifers that can be very inhospitable.

Many hardy geraniums cope with shade but if it's very dry mildew can be a problem now and again. Epimediums and Brunnera are low growing but will cope with dry shade and so will some of the Euphorbias. There are plenty of varieties and easy to obtain.

If the trees are deciduous you have more scope as you can have a nice selection of spring flowering plants and bulbs when the tree canopy isn't there.

That's a start anyway! 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 08:13


Gilly -if only I could find one 

Enough of this frivolity- off to work!


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 08:12

Difficult when you have a time limit. If you can get the weedkiller on right away you might be ok but if the nettles are already starting to seed it might be better to cut the seed heads off and then apply weedkiller, which  works better when there's a decent amount of growth to put it on. You probably won't get everything on one application anyway. 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:59

Now Dove- I hope you're not just looking for an excuse to have a handsome, strong young boy working away in the garden every day.... 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:57

Verd- if we were really smart we'd have asked blackest if any other plants had the same damage! D'oh!

You're  right about always learning - I've learned loads already from the forum too. It's been great to have experienced people to ask and we can have a bit of a giggle on the way! 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:41

They're great for birds Heather. Very common up here in Scotland as the climate suits them-they're everywhere on our hills, gardens  and hedgerows. Laden with berries already. I've got quite  a few seedlings here in the garden which I'm keeping. 


Posted: 20/08/2013 at 07:33

Morning all. Cloudy here so hope it stays dry.

 Hope all goes well KEF. Not too many days to go now Dove. You'll be digging ponds and borders at your leisure then! Or planning your next project 

Golde rod always reminds me of ragwort 

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