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Help in identifying this plant please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 18:16

I think it may prove hard to get rid of, although it may depend on how long it's been there. Moving it might also be difficult if you find you can't get all the root out, and as it seems to be next to a path, the roots may not be easy to dig out. If you decide to get rid of it, a chemical solution (glyphosate) might be the most effective way if the roots are too deep.

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:20

I found some a few days ago, in a lily that was planted in the autumn and is making its first appearance as a plant. I mean, how did they find my new lilies? I squished three at the time, and then another four this morning (all, incidentally, on only one of the six lilies in the bed).

Help in identifying this plant please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 15:13

Comfrey is really good for compost,  or for making a liquid plant food. It also has incredibly deep roots, so you may want to try to curb its habits in order to protect your pathways, other plants etc.

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 08:51


 Here's our mutant bluebell.

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 09:42

Perhaps if I act quickly I can set up my garden as a Bank Holiday attraction and charge my neighbours to come in and view the Mutant Bluebell.

Actually, the grandkids are arriving soon but I doubt they'll be interested - they're more intrigued by the electronic cat-scarer, because they can hear it and I can't.

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 23/05/2015 at 08:53

Aw, that's a shame, Tetley, I was thinking I could collect the seeds and make my fortune!

Asparagus New Shoots

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:50

I wouldn't risk hoeing until the plants have revealed where they're going to surface. Best just weed by hand at first.

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:08

The electronic animal scarers seem to work well. You can get solar powered ones  on Amazon for about £ 14, and they can easily be moved around to other locations as required.

Petunia surfina Baskets

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 18:04

Agreed;  they may well be trailing plants but the last two are not petunias. I would send the photos back to the supplier and ask for replacements.

Weird mutant bluebell?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 17:59

We have loads of bluebells running wild in the garden. They're probably a Spanish/English cross. Today I found one really strange one, which has grass-like growths protruding from the flower head.  Has anyone seen anything like this before?


 

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