Latest posts by figrat

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:09
While we're on the subject, 'Cuttings' and 'Successional Planting for Adventurous Gardeners' by the late great Christopher Lloyd are informative, inspirational and superbly written.

The Edible Garden

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 17:05
I bought the Edible Garden a while back, and agree it is truly inspirational, and has changed my gardening style to one which I find much more satisfying. If you enjoyed this book, I'd suggest you also have a look at anything by Joy Larkcom.

Please identify this plant

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 08:03
Well they are pretty flowers! An easy way to limit their profligate habits is, just as they're running to seed, grasp the whole plant, leaves and all, then with a sharp twist, yank the whole thing out. It won't get rid of the deep taproot, new foliage will soon come in to fill the gap. Wouldn't recommend composting the seed heads either. They are easy to remove when small, but more of a challenge when established.

Geraniums (not Pelargoniums)

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 07:47
Mrs Kendall Clarke is a cultivar of geranium pratense, which, as you now know, has a short, early flowering season. I've got a few pratenses dotted around, when they've done their bit, I cut them back hard to the ground. New foliage, fresh and green, soon comes along...and occasionally some more blooms.

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:17
Does car have a sunroof?

Please identify this plant

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:04
Well at least you know what it looks like now...believe me, no need to save seed!

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 20:01
You might consider strewing the stems in the car...

Fork Handles

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 19:30
Bloke gets so appalled at the state of my car he does the Hoover/weird dashboard spray/and probably other stuff. Bless!

Please identify this plant

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 17:43
Probably welsh poppy - meconpsis cambrica. Once you have it, they will pop up everywhere.

Try again Stipa

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 13:55
Well I think I know how it happens. Sometimes when the cursor goes over the avatar to the left of the poster's message, a black box comes up with the options 'ignore' or 'message'. If you click 'ignore' it makes the box disappear. Along with all that poster's messages! Ignore does what it says in the box (!), it's not a cancel option. Anyway, sometimes I cut back my stipa tenuissimas hard in February or thereabouts, they soon fill in with a lovely flush of fresh green leaves. But most often I just comb them through with my fingers to get rid of dead stuff.

Discussions started by figrat

Bay tree root eradication

Best way to do it! 
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Plan bee

One of the more uplifting news stories... 
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Overwintered runner bans

Left the roots in after clearing last year's crop, they've survived the winter and putting up new growth. 
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Red rhubarb leaves

I've got a bad feeling about this... 
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What can I use as green manure?

Landcress just about to go to seed 
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