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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 06:17

Another bonus this year has been the economic crisis. Councils seem not to have had the funds to do as much mowing of road-verges and other public spaces as usual, so there has been a outbreak of wild flowers in places where they haven't been seen for years.

Leaving the garden to itself for a year - what to plant?

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:12

How big is your garden, Viola? Unless it's large and complicated I would have thought that a gardener coming in once a month through the growing season would keep the lid on it.



Posted: 11/07/2012 at 09:05


I think it has been very interesting to see what plants seem to have done better this year. At one end of the scale, goosegrass seems to be rampant and, more strikingly, mid-season clematis seem to have done very well. I agree about the foxgloves and orchids - our local twayblades are superb.


Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 18:03

Still think it's Goatsbeard - I'll try to find time to say why later, but as a first check the leaves of Scorzonera are a lot more elliptical than those of Goatsbeard. Also if this plant is 50-100cm tall it's Goatsbeard. Goatsbeard usually closes at mid-day - hence another name 'Jack-go-to-bed -at-noon'.

Does anyone know the name of this plant?

Posted: 10/07/2012 at 08:40

It is Goatsbeard.


Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:22


As a general rule, if it's for sale in garden centres you can plant it out. As late summer () and autumn approach, you need to be hassling your friends for perennial plants they have split. Farmers' markets, WIs and gardening clubs can be good sources of cheap plants.

Happy gardening!



Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:16

It will do well in semi-shade, al. Mine don't get sushine until gone mid-day, and it goes off them at about 4 pm. They will do OK in full shade as long as the soil is permanently damp. They are woodland plants.

Whatever the colour they always seem to be bright, probably because the crinkly leaves always reflect what light there is.

Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 17:01

Well, seeding is the problem of course, so one shot won't do the trick.

Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 16:59

I've no problem with that, Flo. Many people aren't as addicted as you and me.


Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 14:45

Thanks Gary

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