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Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:30

whatever you do, don't compost the dead runners after the glyphosate - it would  pollute your fresh compost and make it unusable for years to come.


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:26

I'd give it a good feed right now and then use the lawn clippings to mulch it and keep moisture in - they seem to need a lot of water when they are very young.  FairyG's advice is good - don't cut back too hard though if it isn't growing very vigorously.

now - back to the sunshine - I only came in for a cold drink.....

Oriental Poppies

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 15:20

Lovely plant - showy flower - but takes up a lot of room and in flower for a very short time and then dies down so needs something longer lasting in front of it.  They have a very long tap root and are not over keen on being moved.  I would wait until it has finished flowering and the leaves are dying down then lift the whole plant/clump and drop into a deepish hole where you want it to be and water well for a week or two while it tries to get that root down to the water table.  If you wait too long, you won't be able to see where it is once the leaves have died down!

I love them dearly, but recognise they are not a good value plant in my garden.  Most years we get violent winds just as they are coming into flower, and the petals are then scattered to the four winds.


Posted: 29/04/2014 at 10:00

absolutely, Edd.  Life has told me that the plants in my garden grow where they want to be, and not neccesarily where I think they might look best.  As you will appreciate, mine is not a highly manicured garden!

Is this a weed?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 18:06

another useful  bed-filler which lifts easily when you have a supply of something more interesting to plant instead - the lime green coloured flowers are very atrtractive.  Do wear gloves when handling - the sap of all euphorbias can cause serious skin problems.  Useful for under a hedge where nothing else wants to grow


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:58

a weed is only a plant in the wrong place!  I have them all over the place too, including pink ones - no scent though - and just lift them after they've flowered, leaving only those that are in sensible places - Meerkat is right, they make excellent groundcover until you're ready to put something else in, and they seem to grow in places where other things might not want to be (damp, shady)

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:57

never heard of sharpies before - must give them a try - thanks Clarington and LL.

I picked a load of labels up from tesco end of season bin - 10p for 50 - but being a war baby I shall be having another scrubbing day when the pile of dirty labels grow too big!

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 15:50

I've been weed-killering the sea holly that is prolific in my Languedoc garden - I hadn't realised that it needed cold, and it certainly didn't get too much of that last winter.  As soon as the sun comes out after rain it pops up everywhere and has long tap roots that make it hard to eradicate.

I always try things both ways for trees and most seem to germinate quickly if sown immediately after they fall.


Posted: 04/04/2014 at 09:48

did I miss something?....homemade garlic solution Lyn?....sounds a good idea, and probably nearly as smelly as comfrey liquid for their roots.

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 30/03/2014 at 13:18

reminds me of a bag of compost in my reenhouse one year which seemed to be full of crocus bulbs - as fast as I| removed them more appeared.  I decided it was a zealous mmouse or squirrel lifting them from somewhere and storing them for the winter....

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more seed sowing queries

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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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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