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Jim Macd

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mystery plant id please

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:47

Pasque flower. Pulsatilla vulgaris. It's a really beautiful native, they don't like being moved and prefer a south facing dry slope.

Planting Buddleja

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:40

I would be surprised if they'd had the Buddleja in a heated environment which would be the only reason to worry. I wouldn't have even given it a second thought to be honest and just planted it out. They're tough as old boots. I have seen them growing out of chimny pots and cracks in walls on tower blocks. It will be fine.

Quick question re; Gladioli corms

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:19

A Gladioli shower on GW said it's fine to leave them, so why showers dig them up I don't know?? Maybe they’re just really, really cautious or they just like digging up bulbs? I don't know.

wildlife garden in the shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 13:48

If you want to check how toxic a plant is is very usefull. Some plants are only slightly toxic like Onions and Rhubarb while others are only toxic under certain conditions the above website will help you out on that.

wildlife garden in the shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:37

yeah, the commas didn't come out.  It was supposed to come as a table/list, never mind.

wildlife garden in the shade

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:19

Barren Strawberry Potentilla sterilis Bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta Columbine Aquilegia vulgaris Creeping Jenny Lysimachia nummularia Deadly Nightshade Atropa belladonna DOG VIOLET Viola riviniana Dog's Mercury Mercurialis perennis Enchanter's Nightshade Circaea lutetiana Figwort Scrophularia nodosa Foxglove Digitalis purpurea Giant Bellflower Campanula latifolia Greater Stitchwort Stellaria holostea Ground Ivy Glechoma hederacea Hairy Sedge Carex hirta Hairy Woodrush Luzula pilosa Hedge Woundwort Stachys sylvatica Herb Robert Geranium robertianum Hops Humulus lupulus Hybrid Woundwort Stachys x ambigua Martagon Lily Lilium martagon Moschatel Adoxa moschatellina Nettle-Leaved Bellflower Campanula trachelium Oval Sedge Carex ovalis Oxlip Primula elatior Primrose Primula vulgaris Red Campion Silene dioica Remote Sedge Carex remota Sanicle Sanicula europaea Snowdrop Galanthus nivalis Solomon's Seal Polygonatum multiflorum Star Sedge Carex echinata Welsh Poppy Meconopsis cambrica White Dead-Nettle Lamium album Wood Anenome Anemone nemorosa Wood Avens Geum urbanum Wood Cranesbill Geranium sylvaticum Wood False-Brome Brachypodium sylvaticum Wood Forget-Me-Not Myosotis sylvatica Wood Sedge Carex sylvatica Woodruff Galium odoratum Woodrush Luzula sylvatica Woodsage Teucrium scorodonia Woody Nightshade Solanum dulcamara Yellow Archangel Lamiastrum galiobdolon Yellow Pimpernel Lysimachia nemorum


How to improve my water retention

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:13

to answer your question, add as much organic matter as you can organic matter holds 20 times it's volume of water, which is a lot. So compost and well rotted manure will do well. And then mulch to stop evaporation, so no bare soil. Then shade it with your plants.

Heavy Clay Soil

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 10:52

Yeah as dove says, don't add sand especially not fine builder's sand, clay and sand make bricks. Organic matter is the best thing to add. Clay soil isn't all that bad though as long as you add organic matter.

Polluted ground

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:31

 In an ideal world I wouldn't worry but the sewage could contain bacteria viruses and parasites. Not good things to have in your garden. Obviously if your neighbours are fit and healthy there's nothing to worry about but if they're not then I would be very concerned.

Plant ID

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 15:19

It could be almost anything from where I'm sitting I can't zoom those inamges on this ancient work system. The chloritic one ont he left could be a rhody and the one on the right could be Euonymous or a pyacantha etc? Wild stabs in the dark for me until I get home on my Mac . Better photos would help though. Sorry not a criticism of your photograhy techniques just my frustration with 20th century OS.

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