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Unidentifued white flowering climber

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 22:18

My next door neighbour has it and it is pouring into my garden and of course they are doing nothing about it.  Been there many years with a depth of many feet of old growth, a frightful fire hazard and my house would go up too.  Once saw a letter on this website from a man who had just planted six against his garage!


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 07:15

Yep, I prefer them!

Growers or Killers?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:47

I knew someone who kept ordinary snails as pets in an aquarium. She was really knowledgeable about them.  I don't think they do as much damage as slugs so I leave snails alone, and it admire their beautiful shells.  A few I throw into the neighbours, not gardeners.

years ago I saw an old codger being interviewed on Gardeners World, who resolutely killed worms.  Too messy, dirty whatever.  His garden would have hurt your eyes, it looked like it was painted on.  Total and utter control.  Hope he didn't have a wife.

Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:52

Make an assessment of the amount of fruit.  Not much. Not worth bringing into the house today.  The pathetic few eaten in situe.  Carry on eating.  There turns out to be more than was at first apparent.  But definitely not enough to bring in now. Carry on eating.  Satisfactory result.


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 18:43

Well, they can be harvested whenever one chooses, of course, but I have found that piece of advice to be correct.

just had a thought.  Few and far between, so it made me reflect a minute.  Here in Ireland we are really particular about our potatoes, and they must be as dry and floury as possible when cooked. With smiling skins, I.e split skins.  The term "waxy" is a terrible insult.  I'm not joking here. We don't like the look, feel or taste of waxy potatoes, even for potato salad!    So, we leave them in the ground until they have flowered and the foliage dies down naturally.

anybody like to come in on this?

Ivy Grow Bag

Posted: 01/07/2014 at 17:33

Why not grow some sort of virginia creeper, upwards.  It is very quick and actually rampant.  I have it falling downwards across windows (after coming sideways) if you see what I mean.  It changes to wonderful colours later and I change bedrooms just to lie in bed and stare at it.  Ivy, which I also have, is dangerous stuff in the wrong place. Very damaging and to sit under would be dusty and frankly horrible.  Good for birds nests, tho.

Fascinated by Fasciation

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:14

Looks like something from the Muppets.

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 23:56

Caz, you may or may not remember what you saw initially of your mystery plant. The morning glory is a seedling with two strong seed leaves nothing like its real leaves later on. And it has a reasonably stocky growth.  The bindweed,or convolulous, emerges, perhaps from a minute shred of root or perhaps a seed and starts as it means to go on, ie, like taking over your world.  Don't, what ever you do, plant it out in your garden.  Perhaps some of the really knowledgable gardeners here will wade in, but I'm sticking to my guns!

Geranium ID and sunflower woe

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:49

Fraid to say, but I think that mystery plant is bindweed!

Talkback: How to grow pulses indoors

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 22:13
Read somewhere putting a little pressure on the sprouting seed, on the surface, benefits or encourages longer shoots. Advice came from someone in china, I think.
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