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How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 12:03

We use a roofing torch and gas cylinder. OH made a cart for me where he places the cylinder so that I can pull it through the garden and clear the paths and soil wherever I can without touching the other planting.

I found that you need to be persistent with the perennial weeds and burn them away thoroughly and go back within one or two weeks. You may need to go back several times (especially with dandelions) but in the end you win and they loose, hah!! Do be careful with oily plants as they can kind of explode.....


Help Identify Plant?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 14:08

It's Indian Pokeweed (Phytolacca esculenta). Please, be careful with it as it's poisonous to children and mammals though birds can eat them. Besides that, stains are very hard to remove from paving and out of your new white blouse ( and also any clothes)

Wildflower ID help

Posted: 15/10/2013 at 13:20

Wildflower ID help

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 15:18

Very true Nutcutlet and that one also has a variety with lovely dark red/ brown foliage: E. rug. 'Chocolate'. Looks gorgeous combined with Echinaceas and ornamental grasses!

Wildflower ID help

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 14:05

UW, this one is called Eupatorium cannabinum, Hemp-agrimony. It's a common native plant throughout Europe.

Stacey, they should come in white too (E. can. 'Album'). They are quite hard to find but otherwise you could also try E. perfoliatum.

Rose - Two tone green leaves

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 15:22

My roses have started yellowing a couple of days ago and I think that's what is happening here too. The plant is retrieving nutrients so it can shed the leaves before winter is coming.

Fruit Tree Issues

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:19

If you are short of space, why not try growing a different species in an espalier form? There are so many examples of trained apple trees in your country, it shouldn't be hard to find one that suites your garden. You could even buy one ready made.

Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:09

Okay, can't edit, so... of course, it is possible that the hedge IS just shutting down early.

Beech Hedge is not too happy ...

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 14:06

Did you perhaps have any heavy machinery come in your garden this last year? Or has there been any digging done in the area where the hedge is growing? The rootsystem could have been compressed or damaged.

Also, are there any spots where the water doesn't drain away after heavy rain? Then there is a possibility that the layer of clay is too dense and forms kind of a "pool" down where the rootsystem is.

I agree with Clueless that you shouldn't feed a stressed plant; it causes them to grow while they need all of their reserves to save themselves. Just keep it well watered and give it a mulch ( do keep away from the stems) so the soil doesn't dry out.

Hope your hedge picks up again as these hedges are so valuable to wildlife and so beautiful.

Not What I Thought!

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 13:06

I'm quite sure it is a Davidia as it resembles the specimens I have planted myself when working at a tree nursery ( worked there fore more than a decade). It's possible that it is the variety vilmoriniana, as it is always difficult to judge plants and trees from photos because you can't see or feel the fine details.

I know that there is a specimen at Kew Gardens, where they also have very knowledgeable staff. I'd say ask them.


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