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Posted: 18/08/2017 at 14:15

If it has been overwatered and roots have died off it would probably be a good idea - after re-potting into a pot with drainage holes! - to cut off about half the leaves so the remaining roots can cope.

unknown plant

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:37

I'm sure Bob's right - I have the National collection in my garden 

Who's poo? (Hedgehog?)

Posted: 15/08/2017 at 18:34

Sorry to say, I think it's more likely rat poo. Full grown rats are quite large enough to do a £1 length poo. And your description of the journey points, as you suggest, to a more agile animal.

Last edited: 15 August 2017 18:35:46

From Packet of Wild flower seeds

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 19:43

I'm very glad you have an interest in wild flowers, smigger, many people dismiss them as 'just weeds'. I think it's wrong of companies to sell unnamed seeds as you have no chance of knowing what to expect - or even if you want them. Wildflower plants need a little care too, a GC local to me was selling this   

which is a pretty little plant but grows rampantly in most gardens I know self-seeding everywhere!

From Packet of Wild flower seeds

Posted: 10/08/2017 at 17:40

May I suggest that you avoid mixed packs of anything or else buy them from a reputable wildflower supplier. Those euphorbias are indeed wildflowers but not anything like as desirable as ones you choose yourself. And they seed everywhere.

If you haven't come across the Meadow Mania website, why not have a look it? I bought a few packets of annual wildflower seeds from them and they sell mixed packs as well. I didn't go for a mixed pack because it contains seeds of things that I already have in abundance. My cornflowers, corn cockle, corn marigold and poppies gave a lovely display this year. I did allow some of those euphorbias to stay that just popped up uninvited, but not many.

Garden ideas please

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 14:08

This jury member is very much of the 'put down weed suppressing membrane under gravel' persuasion. The gravel that my ex and I put down in largish quantities when we moved here was on bare soil and, 25 years later is a complete pain to try and remove / renovate - especially as I am now 25 years older and creakier!

Mystery brassica pests.

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 14:02

The cutest pests I've ever seen, Womble

 It's nice that they'll grow up knowing that cabbages grow in soil and do not materilise magically on supermarket shelves.

Green cherry tomato

Posted: 07/08/2017 at 11:24

Dove is right, of course, there's quite a bit of time but it does depend on where you live as to how much potential ripening time is left. I'm on the (sometimes) sunny south coast so not at all concerned but my sister in Mid Wales has a shorter season and wants hers to get on with it!

Last edited: 07 August 2017 11:25:14

Japanese Maple - crisping leaves

Posted: 06/08/2017 at 14:40

I have an established one and one that I rescued from crispy sadness at a GC that should have known better, but no expertise. 

I keep mine in pots on the west side of the house in an angle with the conservatory and would guess that full bore sun is what's doing for yours, A Lexbury. Mine are in a bright spot but get very little full sun and that is later in the day.

Drying winds could be an issue depending on how sheltered the plants are.

Last edited: 06 August 2017 14:42:32


Posted: 04/08/2017 at 21:55

Yes it is a triffid. Himalayan Balsam is a very invasive, non-native which causes huge problems to our native flora, especially along riverbanks. Get rid before it sets seed!

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