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Latest posts by Joe_the_Gardener

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 11/12/2012 at 06:43

I always have to look up buddleia (or buddleja, as some people prefer)!

Aut of control Laurel bush

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:57


If you plant a tree, put £5 in a jar every year and you will have a good fund by the time it comes to paying a tree surgeon.

Hardy Fushias

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 19:45

Fuchsia, after Leonhart Fuchs (German botanist).

Thank you so much

Posted: 05/12/2012 at 08:47

Welcome aboard, Lisa and Nigel, and do feel confident to ask what you may think are silly questions that everyone except you knows the answer to. One valuable technique in meetings is to 'ask the dumb question', thus prompting the resident expert to recap the important points of a subject - much to the relief of everyone else at the meeting who have forgotten the details or who didn't understand it first time round.

Enjoy the board!


Laburnum Tree

Posted: 04/12/2012 at 09:33

Well, I think you've got the answer there, Rose, which is that it's all about good parenting and education. I spent all my childhood grubbing about among berries, fungi and so on, as did many of my friends, without any ill-effects. The answer is to get closer to the plants rather than further away from them. I'm more concerned about what many people deliberately give their children to eat!


Laburnum Tree

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 16:28

If we took out all the toxic plants, we'd have some very big gaps in gardens! The usual problem is trying to get kids to eat peas or any other greens. I think fear of poisoning is greatly overstated. 

Robinia Tree problems...

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 16:24

Miss Jones,

There was a question on GQT yesterday about Robinias dying, and it is quite a widespread problem. I've had three in my gardens last year.

I'm amazed at your problem with this so-called tree surgeon. I can only assume that he or she is an uninsured chancer masquerading as a professional.


Hedging shears

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 09:58

Has anyone bought new ones this year and what do you think of them? The models change so quickly that I'm not interested in reviews of any that are not currently available. Thanks.


Holes in soil

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 13:20

There are solitary bees that nest in colonies.

on their way to garden near you!

Posted: 30/11/2012 at 12:29


 I think it's the Fieldfares who make the clacking noise.

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