Heather Michaels

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What are these infiltrators?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 11:45

Hello everyone, I'm looking for some help please.

Can anyone ID these?

I noticed these infiltrators in my garden a couple of weeks ago, unfortunately I've been so busy with other areas that I haven't tended to it and they've got somewhat larger than they were. I'm guessing by the looks of them that they aren't friendly.

I've attached a set of pictures, I hope they are clear enough and give you enough to ID. Essentially, I have several snake like infiltrators in my barked fernery/stumperie area. They certainly weren't there last year so I'm guessing the storms blew them in but they're growing fast. One tendril is now four foot long and has thick leaf growth (unfurled) at the tip, and has further leaf growth at four inch intervals down the length of it. Its presently winding its way through my Hydrangeas and there are several more, smaller ones growing up to join it. I'd really appreciate your help as I suspect I need to get these out quickly.







Lawnmower grumbles...

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:04

SweetPea93, head to Wilkinsons if you have one locally, they have so many  gardening tools etc right now and at really low prices. OK they're not going to be the best of the best but they'll be a fraction of the prices that you've seen so far and you'll find something that will help you for sure.

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:07

Thanks Bob, I've just been doing some reading on it. Great that it grows in the shade, my garden does get sun, but only full sun in the height of summer for a few hours a day as we're tree lined so there's a certain amount of shade all the time. Its already brightening up my front garden like a beacon! But I'll certainly keep an eye on it and not be afraid to chop it back/down or sideways if it looks as though its taking over. Thank you 

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 16:02

Thanks Dove, that's the one I just found on looking in a different place. Its absolutely beautiful. We've just acquired it without knowing what it was or how it grew, so now my challenge is to make it grow like a bush!


Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:59

MuddyFork, with abject apologies you were quite correct . So much for the famous google!! Found different images and it is most certainly Kerria Japonica, or Japanese Rose as it says and that explains why is looks a bit like Rose to me!  Gold star for Muddy Fork 

And thanks to Dove too x

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:56

Thanks MuddyFork, just googled that for images and def not that. The flowers are very different on this to the Kerria Japonica, this is much more fluffy, wispier petalled and fuller, the Japonica seems to have only 5 petals making a very neat flower in a single layer, this one is multi layered but thank you

Can anyone help ID this little beauty please

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 15:17

Hi all,

I'm hoping someone can help me out with an ID on this little beauty please? Two pics below, one showing primarily the flower and the other, hopefully, gives a clearer picture of the leaves.

Thanks in advance, Heather 




Transport needed for flooded gardens

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 13:00

I'm not able to offer any assistance at this stage, but you are all amazing, what a wonderful thing to do. Bumped again!

Can I put Alkanet on my compost heap ?

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 12:51

I've got a lot of forget-me-nots growing in my garden right now. Or have I?! Now I'm wondering if its Alkanet. I'll have to get comparing!

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Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:14

Carolyn I'd say just plant whatever you like to eat! Personally I have trouble with Basil but others have managed to grow it for the season without too much trouble. The hardiest ones are parsley, thyme and oregano (in my experience). Mint will usually grow well but can have a tendency to take over so if you're planting that put it in a pot of its own where it can grow as aggressively as it likes! So long as you water them enough to stop the compost/soil drying out and they get some sunlight each day they should be just fine. Are you growing indoors our outdoors? If indoors, I'd hesitate at Rosemary which is a tough enough plant, but it comes from the med originally where it can grow in oodles of the heat and sun that we don't tend to get here. Hope this helps

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