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Hester Scott

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What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 27/06/2015 at 06:19

i have some wretched things to contend with, but no horsetail, japanese knotweed.  And nor do I have varicose veins, so I am calling myself a lucky woman this morning!

Plant ID

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 08:55

Actually, Justin, I think you are on totally the right track.  Just try googling tansy and wildlife together.  Much better than perovsKia which I don't think would contribute much, but could be wrong there too as I think it is a wild plant in some part of the world. Could you put it in some other part of the school property to do it's good work?  I can see a great future with you and the kids becoming dedicated guerrilla gardeners!

if you want it in your border just do it.  It will be easy and effective and encouraging.  You can hack at it another time.  One thing I would not put in a border is comfrey tho bees love it.

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 22:49

Yes, I think I could be wrong that it is Achillea.  Right about the rest ,tho'. ?

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 22:16

Looks like Achillea to me. Is there a strong bitter smell from it?  It spreads underground like fury and can be hard to get rid of.  Also called Tansy;  I had a kitten called Tansy. The softest sweetest little thing you ever saw!

Am I grumpy cos.....

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:37

Celandine, hate it and it's nasty little potatoes. wygeilia ,( sp). The cranesbill with the small pink flowers, packets of seeds with mixed colours, like lobelia, plastic planters, coleus and I will think of more in a minute!

3 for ID please

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 21:06

Definitely not sweet rocket, looks to me like evening primrose, which I think has been suggested.k

Red Admiral

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 10:47

Gone to God by now I'm afraid.

How do I get a Tree Preservation Removed?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 08:17

Perhaps you could put up a few pics of the plot.  It sounds quite an interesting challenge.  sometimes a few restrictions bring out the most satisfactory outcomes.


Posted: 08/12/2014 at 00:13

I do think there is a difference between gravel and grit whiich are obtained from a gravel pit and riddled out as part of the process of extracting sand, and gravel which is extracted by dredging the sea floor.  The latter is acknowledged as damaging.  Anybody interested enough can look back to see that it was this method I was concerned about.  Never mentioned cars, lorries etc. and of course it is desire able if it can continue to do good work in the flowerbed.  I don't expect it to leave the planet, but like water, carbon etc the slower and more controlled and responsible this movement is, the better.


Posted: 06/12/2014 at 10:29

Hope not digressing too much, but Debra's query on grit brings it to my mind again.  Am I wrong to feel all this top dressing with grit is ecologically a bit off.  Looks lovely on pots, but so much gravel is dredged with what that entails.  Grit is largely unrecoverable for reuse. Would love to know gardener's opinion here.

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