Latest posts by Gold1locks

Acer flamingo

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:29

I had a flamingo that kept getting scorched by wind and sun, I think the variegated leaves were a bit delicate for the position it was in.


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 19:22

Mum in law has hers on a window sill facing north and they can get a bit leggy so nipping out can help. Mine are now in my cold greenhouse, very compact. 

Although your eyes can deceive you, just moving a plant a few inches from the window can dramatically reduce light level - by a factor of two or more. 


What screening plant to block out brick building?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 21:59

Lonicera henryii is a good choice for a climber- evergreen with pretty flowers, though they are not fragrant. An alternative is lonicera Halliana, which is just as vigorous, and fragrant, and  semi-evergreen, fully evergreen in milder areas. 

Cononeaster x waterii is a superb shrub / tree growing to 12 - 15 feet, lovely evergreen, leaves, white flowers followed by superb red berries that last well into winter, and birds love them. It grows fast to that height, but then stops, A very similar one is cotoneaster x Cornubia. 

All are widely available. 

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:35

Thanks Nutcutlet! I am now on


Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:16

If necessary I pinch mine out when they are about 3-4 inches tall. Seems to work ok. Most times I don't need to do anything. Are you growing them in limited light?

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:06

I am being particularly dense tonight (started the plonk rather early!), I have logged on to Google, accessed the map, and my name doesn't appear on the list on the left. What am I doing wrong?

Ground elder

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 20:34

There is only one solution other than covering it with a light blocking sheet for at least 12 months, and it ain't digging!  if there is someone out there Who has Totally eradicated an infestation by digging then please tell me how. 

otherwise, glyphosate is the only solution.

Sorry about typing. Still trying to master my new nexus toy!






Where do you grow your Allium's?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 17:59

The thing about alliums such as A. hollandicum Purple Sensation  is that by the time they are in flower the leaves are dying back and look tatty, so the best place to place them is in full sun but behind low perennials such as geraniums, heucheras etc or underplanting them with low growers such as forgetmenots, that will hide the dying leaves. They prefer full sun but most will do ok in light or dappled shade

Going to try the theory of 2 cuts a week

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 19:47

Lawn weed killer won't kill any type of grass. wood green wonderboy is spot on 

. use glyphosate carefully on some leaves of the couch. When it has died give it two weeks - resow, or wait till September to be sure there is no regrowth, and then resow.






Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 17:33

You cant get agricultural roundup without a licence. I have some, and I reckon it is the same as the retail version with an added wetting agent. You cash get a more concentrated version in stump killer, but I don't think you need it for bindweed. 

The thing to rremember is that bindweed roots can go down several metres (no kidding) and glyphosate (roundup) only travels down a short distance before it is used up. So the root system below has enough energy left to send up more shoots. If these get to the surface and get enough sunlight the bindweed will get going again. So with this weed you have to ensure you keep on top of it till the root system is exhausted. 

Glyphosate takes 7 days or more before its effect is clearly evident, and meantime some shots from unconnected bindweed plants can appear. This is more likely if you have been digging it out, as every bit of root left in the ground forms a new plant that will  need to be treated separately. 

Glyphosate will work, I can assure you, if you are persistent.


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