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Latest posts by fidgetbones

Brambles, Ivy and Nettles

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 20:48

Being a mere woman, I'm not allowed to use the chain saw, brushcutter, and various other mechanised implements we have. I'm dangerous with a wheelbarrow.   The wood next door is permanently threatening to encroach. I find a good pair of loppers invaluable, along with leather gauntlets. I would cut as much as possible with loppers, rake it off and burn.  I have a neverbend root breaker, that is good for root extraction on brambles.  To get rid of perennial weeds I would then spray everything that regrows with glyphosate. . Then fork over the land, keeping anything you havn't got time for under black plastic or layers of cardboard, or even old carpets.

No quick solutions, but it will give you a blank canvas to start from.


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:46

Working at the quarry face all day. 

Rest of the week off.

Aussie  lodger has gone to festival in Wales, we have hedges to cut.

Have a good evening.  I missed any trouble on the forum, Looks like the mods zapped them.

Good luck, Mr and Mrs Orchid Lady.  The only people I knew with a franchise (body shop) retired to Jersey on the proceeds.


Posted: 12/08/2014 at 19:55

Stick to SB instead of TCP, Kef

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 17:46

Wisley amethyst would look nice next to that, Verdun.


Posted: 12/08/2014 at 17:44

I've cleared out the pear tree bed of oxe eye daisies, added 4 trugbuckets  full of FYM and one of grit, turned it all in, and planted the Roscoeas I got from long acre plants, and three blue poppies , and two hellebores that were hanging around.   Its not the planting that takes the time, just the preparation of the soil.

Hope the pigeon gets a loving home soon. The man I knew that kept racing pigeons, said if they couldn't find their way home they were no use and for the chop.

If the owner doesn't want it back, maybe you could keep him. He seems happy at your place.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 15:30

This is one of my new ones... Wisley amethyst

 I'd better get out there and make some room for it.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 12:56

Seem to be easy for me in well drained soil with a bit of shade and a lot of humus added. They dont like to dry out but dont like to stand in wet. They should do well in your sandy soil down there  in dappled shade.If you would like to try some, Verdun, I will be splitting up a couple of clumps later on. The only thing is you have to mark them well. They dont usually emerge until late may or even June. Its always the anticipation in May wondering whether they have survived or not.

fungi identification please

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 12:50

 Can anyone i.d. these fungi.? large clump, but each only about 6mm high. The weird thing is that they are growing on a mossy stone, not on a piece of rotting wood, which is what I would expect.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 11:06

Up here in the midlands we don't usually get as much heat as Verdun in Cornwall, and BL in France.  This is the only one that has been really floriferous for me.

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