Gardening Grandma

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Help with identifying this rapidly growing plant

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 14:17

Figrat, persicaria is a good suggestion. Vietnamese Coriander Persicaria odorata is sometimes known as lemon myrtle. It is also called Polygonum odoratum. It has inconspicuous pale yellow to white flowers and a slightly lemony smell. However, it does have brown marks on the leaves, which I can't see in the photo. 


Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:54

Clogherhead, are you asking that more people join the debate in order to stimulate more ideas? There are some very knowledgeable people using this forum and others (like me) who are very much learners or who (like me) only know about certain aspects of gardening. I come on to the forum to learn as much as to contribute. I do think it takes a bit of courage to contribute, too. There is always the possibility of being shot down in  flames and some people mind that more than others.

I have not idea what griddish means but I have a horrible suspicion that I understand all too well what 'a bit dim' means.


Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:41

This was a question about Nelly Moser cuttings, too, wasn't it? You root softwood cuttings in spring, semi-ripe cuttings in autumn. Personally, I have NEVER succeeded with softwood cuttings, only semi-ripe ones. however, I have read that the main reason for this is heat inside the plastic bag I put over the pots when I have taken the cuttings, so maybe I'll have another go this year, making sure I keep them cool. I have also read of someone rooting Nelly Moser in water, though apparently this took quite a few weeks.

Infill for raised beds

Posted: 11/02/2013 at 13:30

And also, if plants are to be there long-term, they will have more room for root expansion and growth.

The weather

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 15:14

What goes arouond, comes around, I think. We get excited about some technical advance, rely on it and ditch the old way of doing things, then find it has drawbacks and limitations, or side-effects, or is expensive. The we remember that there was a time when we did things differently and slowly get interested in the old ways. They come back into fashion and, Bob's your uncle, we've come full circle. 

A-Z TV gardening

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:22

What happened to the gardening channel on Sky? A;pparently, not enough people watched it.

having a moan about...

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:20

It is the endless rain that really gets me down. There is quite a bot happening in the garden - hellebores in flower, primroses, snowdrops, even a couple of miniature  daffodils, there are buds on the roses and hydrangeas and other plants are beginning to break through the ground. They are just so soggy and waterlogged and it is so difficult to get out there and get some fresh air.That's the moan over with - I love the fact that this country is so verdant compared with so many other countries because of the rain and the temperate climate that allows so many things to remain in the garden throughout the winter and enables so many plants to thrive. But just now, I'm looking through the window at the waterlogged garden... 

Plants for very wet Clay soils

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 21:14

A lot depends on the size of your plot, Kevin. if you have room, you could plant a tree which will take up some of the water. The most important thing before you start is to improve the soil with compost and perhaps dig in some good, bought topsoil. If water really is a problem, you could also dig a drainage trench and fill it with stones. Much will also depend on the aspect of your plot (north, south ,east or west) and whether it is in sun or shade. If the soil is just wet because you live in a rainy area, clay will dry out in better weather to be hard and solid, brick-like in fact. This is where the dug-in compost comes in; it changes the texture of the soil to help it drain better and make it easier to dig and plant.  Clay soil is usually pretty fertile. Here is another point: if you live in a new house, the soil in your garden may not be topsoil at all, but the clay subsoil dug up by the builders. It will be a funny, grey-beige colour and look unpleasant and congealed.  If your soil is like this, you will need to replace it with topsoil.

Sorry if this is condescending and tells you things you know, but you haven't left much information.  


Work in Progress

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 20:53

This is an astonishing garden. Are you planning to open it to the public? How about the NGS?

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 18:17

This fabulous garden shows the importance of a good basic structure. I particularly like the fact that you have used gravel and paving rather than grass.

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