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Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:41

If it's in various positions around the garden it might be worth asking other neighbours if they have it too. If they have, and you're in any doubt, I expect a call to the council would be worthwhile as they might come and take a look to put everyone's mind at ease.Depends how nice they are!

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:35

Yes the leaves grow alternately on JK Paul. My ex husband moved into a new house  a year or two ago and there was JK on the adjoining, council owned, woodland. It's been chemically treated.

Is this the dreaded Japanese Knotweed!! Ident and advise required

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:27

I think the stems are a bit redder on JK.  Is there a lot of it Paul, and what sort of height is it just now?

Anyone have a garden blackbird?

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:16

I had the same problem at a previous house LH. The little mouse came out during the day to pinch bits and pieces. He made a little nest in the garage during the winter with some leaves in the corner of some polystyrene I used for the bottom of pots. It must have been nice and cosy! I'm not sure of the best way to prevent it especially if you're bringing the feeder in at night. Do you use a bird table for the blackies or do you feed them on the ground? Putting out small amounts - little and often on a table - might help so that it's all eaten quickly and there's very little underneath. The trouble with hanging feeders is that bits get spilt all the time so it's hard to avoid stuff on the ground. Perhaps if you only have a table for a while it might help. Even a kind of makeshift one  

Music in the Garden

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:06

I meant to tell you last week doc - the Pixies were on one of the Sky Arts channels in concert. If you've got cable tv it's bound to be on again at some point 

Plant suggestions

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 14:02

 If it's covered in moss - it a bit shady  Dan? Heathers prefer a bit of sun so maybe that's why it's not doing much. A pic would be great if you can manage it. 

However, Periwinkles will grow there - Vinca. The flowers are shades of blue or purple and there's also a white variety. Hardy Geraniums will be happy there whether it's sunny or a bit shady and they come in lots of colours. Easy to obtain and maintain. Euonymous are variegated shrubs which will be happy there - no real flowers but evergreen and easy to keep. Brunnera is another useful low grower and is also evergreen - small blue flowers on those usually -  it likes a bit of shade but it doesn't like it too dry so if you can give a bit more info on the conditions that would really help. Lamium also likes a similar situation to Brunnera. Small  purple/pink/white flowers depending on variety 


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 13:46

And do you have a  'robin' living in the 'bat cave' too Dove? 

Pond will be great. I had a couple of mature trees near my pond in a previous house - pond was  a similar size. Just net it. No problem.  

doc - it's ok - we'll just whisper 

Loverly pic chicky. I'm not a fan of roses but I do like climbers.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:07

Work for me in  minute too. Off to put washing out first and then I'll keep my fingers crossed. Hope I might get something done outside later 

I see the spammers have been out again. There was another one about moving house which I reported but he's posted on another thread as well, trying to make it look legit. They don't give up easily do they? 

Have a good day all - whatever you're up to 

A collection of unknown plants requiring identifying.

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 08:03

1 is definitely a very sad Rosemary clari! 

5  looks like a Hosta when you enlarge and 6 might be another one. 8 is a geranium and probably the one Salino mentioned. I have it here but it's out of sight!

All the others as already mentioned.


Posted: 10/03/2014 at 07:56

Jools - it makes you wonder who's the mug nowadays doesn't it? When you try to do it the right way, you're the one who gets the grief.

Trespass isn't a criminal offence jeannie - it's only if there's damage, and frankly the police don't give a toss anyway.  It's a bleeping joke. I had the same attitude when I politely asked people not to let their children run through my garden. Some of the replies were 'well you've got that bit fenced off so...', 'it's only grass',  'this is a family area, why did you move here?', it's not like he's picking your flowers' and 'what is your problem?' - that one was in a Vicky Pollard style complete with the shoulder movement ... It was the manner in which it was said that was the real issue. No respect for anyone or anyone's property.  An older woman said to me one day - 'they think when they buy a house they've bought the  whole street'. 

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