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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

TPO and mature Sycamore - to buy or not to buy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 20:37

Sounds like the tree was there before the houses.

Blackbirds in the mower shed

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 06:21

I'm surprised you don't see the thrush singing, ps2. They usually stand on a very prominent perch.

Rampant Climbing Rose

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 06:17

It's really funny watching it with the sound turned off.

Worried this is Japanese Knotweed!

Posted: 05/07/2014 at 20:57


Which birds nest is this?

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 11:12

There seem to be a lot of second nests this year, so please be careful about doing hedges for a while.

Crocosmia Lucifer

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 10:53

Aspect can make several weeks' difference.

Under Attack!

Posted: 24/06/2014 at 07:08


You have to be very careful, I agree. I'm still having trouble identifying from the picture - looks a bit like alkanet or comfrey, in which case a bit of short-term yellowing will be worthwhile!

Under Attack!

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 19:15

I'd paint the leaves with glyphosate, mow the lawn normally and wait for results, although it might take several summers. 

Cows in garden

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 11:36

Does the farmer even know what his beasts are doing? Just have a quiet word with him about your garden, and try to find a non-threatening way of introducing a timescale into the conversation.

Plant/weed ID

Posted: 18/06/2014 at 07:12

As invasive species go, it's about the easiest to deal with. Very shallow-rooted annual, so simply pull it out with the root, give it a crush to break the stem and then put it somewhere to dry out. If you (and the neighbours, Dove!) do it now, and again in a month's time you should get rid of it in two summers. Whatever you do, don't let it flower and seed.

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