Gary Hobson

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Can anyone help me identify whether this is a weed or a baby seedling?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 07:40
cosmic_girl wrote (see)
Cherry brandy -yummy!.......

Another Rudbeckia in the beverage series is Cappuccino.

Cappuccino has even warmer colours than Cherry Brandy, and has 6inch blooms. This is a snap from last year:

Actually, I do prefer Cappuccino to Cherry Brandy.

I don't think those little plants can be Rudbeckias, of any variety.

If they are weeds, then the chances are that there should be plenty more, just like them, elsewhere in the garden. If they are all in one spot, then it might appear as though one plant has shed them, or it's new growth from one old plant.

I have some Echinaceas. The leaves are shininer than Rudbeckia, but tend to be pointed. I wouldn't have said those little plants were Echinacea (though they could be).

If you happen to have a photo from last year, you might be able to see what was growing on that spot.

Can anyone help me identify whether this is a weed or a baby seedling?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 15:20

Yes, I am a Cherry Brandy fan.

Can anyone help me identify whether this is a weed or a baby seedling?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 14:29

Are we all convinced that this is Rudbeckia? It might be; but I'm not sure.

I have some Rudbeckia seedlings coming up (from packet seeds), and the leaves look much furier, and less glossy.

Are we suggesting that these are self-sown seedlings? I've never found Rudbeckia to self-seed in my garden (though some peope may find that it does).

If it's an existing clump, from last year, then wouldn't there be more old dead wood sticking up from the clump?

May we have a second opinion please?


Posted: 20/04/2012 at 06:48

I am no expert on clematis.

But you could hold some paper over the soil, to hold it in place, and then carefully tip the pots onto their sides, to let all the water drain away.

I do have some large glazed pots. Most of mine do have holes, even if they are very small; though perhaps yours do not. Conceivably, someone who was expert, could dill a hole into the bottom of a pot, tipped on its side. In that case you could leave the plants in the pots, as they are.

Hopefully you'll get some much better answers, very shortly....

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:44
Gold1locks wrote (see)

Yes, but isn't the Voice that of Shoeless Joe , played by Ray Liotta! 

Yes, you're right.

BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:28

There's a trailer here....

Field of Dreams

The quote is actually voiced by The Voice.

(You have to click on where it says 'Field of Dreams'; this is how you link to YouTube videos, or other links you might want to make).

Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:38

Well, as you can see, my avatar is a hand-mower.

The one shown is a Qualcast Panther. Towards the end of last year I decided to upgrade to a high-tech silent Brill. Which is, as it says on the box - absolutely brill. I love my Brill.

Next most useful tool for me is a lightweight battery-powered strimmer.

And I couldn't live without a camera.

after watching Sarah Raven

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:37
burhinus wrote (see)

Miriam Rothschils took about 10 years to create a replica ancient meadow

You're absolutely correct.

Sustainability is the key to meadows. This important issue was entirely glossed over in Sarah Raven's programs. In fact, most of those programs had little to do with meadows. In many of her examples Sarah Raven was simply sowing or planting herbaceaous beds, somewhat like the mini-beds I've sown.

A natural meadow acheives a balance between flowers and grass because the soil contains no nutrients. The way that happens is through continual cutting of the grass (haymaking) and removing all the cut hay, so that the nutrients held in the hay do not return to the soil. In a naturally evolving meadow it takes decades to deplete the soil of nutrients.

Miriam Rothschild created her meadow artifically, by removing several inches of top soil and reseeding. She removed thousand of tons of earth. An operation like that is very expensive, and destructive. She admitted that destroying all the wildlife causes 'ecological disruption'.

Personally I don't accept that the destruction of all wildlife is necessary nor desirable. Nor could I afford an operation like the Rothschilds'. Unlike the Rothschilds, I don't own an Investment Bank.

In a mini-meadow, which is what I'm creating, it should be feasible to remove any aggressive grass from around the plugs, and mini-beds, by hand, if and when necessary. We'll see what happens.

Incidentally, I was in Tesco yesterday, and a packet of seeds caught my eye. I couldn't resist. So I've just made and sowed another mini-bed:

The presence of packets of seeds like that one, in Supermarkets, shows that a lot of people are interested in trying things like this.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 09:59
Wintersong wrote (see)

...I think you have to include Architecture ..

Just taking the single word Architecture, out of context.... It's worth pointing out that Architecture is an important element in the garden as art. What I'm thinking about is (back to Monty) the idea of ruined temples, ruined town walls, grotesque sculptures, etc. For some reason, a building is far more appealing, if it's been knocked about. Or very cleverly constructed so that it appears so.

Do you consider gardening to be like art?

Posted: 17/04/2012 at 09:16

The answer to this question depends on the person. It depends on the maturity of the person's perception of art, and of gardening.

If you ask someone who thinks that gardening is solely about growing potatoes, then the answer is definitely 'no'.

But if you were able to ask Monty Don, Simon Schama, or Carl Jung, you'd get a very different answer. And each of those people would probably have different reasons for saying that gardening is art.

Wintersong wrote (see)

I heard a quote on the Monty Don 80 gardens around the world that said, a garden is the only art-form we live in.....

Monty's 80 Garden TV series and book is packed with asides, and tantalising hints, about this question, as is his TV series and book about Italian Gardens.  Monty also made a TV series, several years ago, about the symbolism of plants. Though that was about the use of plant forms IN pictorial art, rather than the act of interacting with nature.

The answer depends on the individual. It's very curious that all of the people who have decided post replies on this thread might be classied as a 'certain type' of gardener. I suspect that many other gardeners will notice the title of this thread, and dismiss it. People react in different ways, both to the question, and to their own gardens.

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