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Latest posts by gardenning granny

Removing Ivy

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 23:00

You used to be able to get SBK brushwood killer in Garden Centres - I'm not sure if it has now been banned (most of the really useful things get banned) - it would work well if you have thick stems, also good for brambles.   I believe there is now a gel that you paint on, but it's pretty pricey and labour intensive if you've got a lot to treat.  Ground elder takes time - a lot of time.  Dig out as much as you can and burn the roots.  As soon as it starts to reappear spray the young growth, and keep spraying any new growth once a week.  You will conquer it eventually (years rather than months)  Unfortunately, like brambles, it's one of those things that loves to grow under a dividing fence so you may need to befriend your neighbour and get them to tackle it from their side at the same time.

Winter project

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:28

Four is a lovely age - I used to take the children for lion hunts in the garden when they were that age - amazing what a bit of rustling under a bush can conjure up in the imagination.  And then Grandmother's footsteps but "Granny you're cheating" as I disappeared behind a tree whilst they were advancing!

Now the youngest grandchildren are 11 but all know where to find the edible bits of the garden and which plants are horribly poisonous....something all children need to learn.

Enjoy you youngster....they grow up too soon.

Plant ID

Posted: 23/12/2014 at 10:21

stick with the name we all know and understand.....unless you're running a botanical garden and need a bit more precision

just fancy if we'd told Lynn that we thought her plant was a taramesalata thingy - though she'd probably have laughed!

Winter project

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 22:51

Oh dear - with grandchildren staying wioth me at present we've been maionly in the kitchen making gingerbread houses (two of those) stuffed dates and fudge.  I'll try to whizz round the garden tomorrow and take some patient, we grannies are very busy at this time of year!

Winter project

Posted: 22/12/2014 at 19:36

Sorry Star gaze - they weren't my grand children - they were three little girls. 

My three boys entertained me with a 2-section hippo (had to plant only blue flowers around to represent water) a mole (head - gap - feet) and two eyes and a mouth made of wood to nail to the apple tree. - oh yes and a large alligator which emerges through the undergrowth.  Boys have different ideas to girls!

how to grow Bignonia from seed

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 17:32

Thank you - I'm going to try the oleander seed - looks like feathers - I brought back too.  Let me know if you'd like some of those to try.  I love a challenge.

Finally got some of the caudatum seeds planted today, too.   Watch this space!

Finding a plant

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 14:17

I grow allium Christophii for my son, Christopher - will that count?

The enormous seed heads grace vases in several rooms....but continue to disperse their seeds at intervals too...untidily....just like my son!

Finding a plant

Posted: 20/12/2014 at 10:13

now, if you've got the right soil that rhodo just has to be the one - it's gorgeous, just like I'm sure your granddaughter is.             

Plant ID

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 18:28

Yes cleome - they can be quite spectacular but definitely an annual - I seem to remember they were a bit prickly too.

Good luck.

Finding a plant

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 17:55

naughty naughty Verdun - steady on!

Discussions started by gardenning granny

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

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Are you gardening in France too?

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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where have all the avatars gone?

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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 11:11

help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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Last Post: 07/11/2014 at 09:18

more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 15:03

guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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Last Post: 18/08/2014 at 21:39

can anyone ID this plant please?

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Last Post: 30/06/2014 at 22:13

seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 19:26

When can I put the geraniums out?

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