Hester Scott

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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.

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 29/11/2014 at 11:54

Cerinthe a great idea, also would not be without cosmos on the plot, only given up this week.  Perhaps not the best choice for cutting, but I love the big tall nicotiana there.  Strangely and contrary to most people's opinion here I would not grow sweet pea as the constant cutting, deadheading is better achieved at home.  I have a big perennial daisy, great for cutting and bringing home.  Coarse green leaves, chrysamthemum something.  I grow the multi flowered sunflower also cut the flowers off the jer. Artichokes.  Also the other artichokes would be good.  Been accused of preachiness, (rightly) but I grow flowers on plot to show the other allotmenteers, that there are alternatives to the dull straight rows of veg. 

Strictly 2014

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 09:06

Agree with Obelixx re jake.  In fact the whole show has become a contest of exaggeration and extreme gymnastics.  Pity.  I'm actually losing interest rather than the other way around, tho it's an improvement when they finally get rid of "the good sports".  I notice in the comments column in the Sunday Times culture section, a reaction of the public away from the present format of phone ins, howling audience, self regarding judges.  It would be great to see the entire kit and caboodle swept away, and re formulated, tho how long did it take for the elderly male compere to go in spite of years of "advice"  from the likes of me?

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