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Can anyone tell me what this is plese...

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 12:17

One disadvantage of posting via iPad is that I can't upload pictures, but I can zoom in on ones already posted. This plant has deeply veined and textured leaves, which pulmonaria doesn't, though the flowers are similar.

Are my grapevines dead?

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 11:23

I was worried about mine too,bit on very close inspection, there are just the beginnings of buds. 

Can anyone tell me what this is plese...

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 11:18

Looks like comfrey to me. There are different varieties, this is one of the smaller more ornamental ones.

Don't want my greenhouse blowing down..

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:48

Hi garjobo!

No advice whatsoever to give, but I admire your tenacity and think that Andy's idea of the heavy duty freezer strips is inspired.

Am really looking forward to seeing pics of the finished item.

Are these edible?

Posted: 26/04/2013 at 17:40

I'm always very neurotic about identifying fungi as regards edibility. A lot of the identifying characteristics are to do with touch, feel, smell which of course isn't possible with a picture.

If you have a local library, they might well have a book on fungi, or you could google 'edible fungi' and see if you can find some similar looking ones and take it from there.


Small Urban Gardens and Water Butts - Advice Required

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 07:58
I've got 6 water butts dotted round the place, including a slimline one next to the greenhouses which fills off the gh guttering. The plug ugly standard ones are away from the main part of the garden, and I have 3 'beehive' butts in there, which are ridged terracotta plastic and do look like big garden urns ( ish).
I've seen other 'decorative' ones as well, meant to look like Roman columns.
The beehive butts blend well with the rest of the terracotta pots. When I'm watering/ liquid feeding the pots I often fill a big garden trug with water, sometimes adding liquid seaweed feed. I submerge the manageable sized pots in the trug, and leave them there until bubbles have stopped rising. Then I drain them in another trug, and pour that back into the first one. I know it might sound a bit of a hassle, but there's minimal loss from water running out of the bottom of the pots, and I know they've had a good drink. I used to be concerned about the possibility of transferring pests/ diseases, but have never found it to be a problem.
I guess it takes as much effort as lugging round watering cans.

crocosmia masoniorum?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:24
Maybe you could google lysimachia clethroides, aka gooseneck loosestrife, and see if those are the swan plants.
The plot thickens!

crocosmia masoniorum?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:18
Aha! Nut cutlet suggests loosestrife, which makes me think that Luubear's 'swan plant' and possibly these young shoots are lysimachia.

crocosmia masoniorum?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:10
@Salino, my first thought was huge clump of peonies too, but then went have a peek at mine, and the unfurling fimbriated leaf shape's quite different. They do look a bit like lilies, don't they?

crocosmia masoniorum?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 15:45
Doesn't look like crocosmia to me. And please don't think you're stupid, crikey, we all started somewhere!

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