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Help! Have I got Japenese Knotweed growing in my garden?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 21:09

Yes, pretty though it is and the bees do love it, but get those flowers cut off now or you will really regret it. It has completely taken over parts of the banks of the River Dee in and above Chester. You only have to brush against the plants when they're seeding to set off the explosions, great fun but disastrous

Mysterious plant

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 11:28

It does sound like borage, are your gloves quite thin?


Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:30

I have the same rose Wendy, almost no leaves at all now despite regular spraying since first leaves in the spring. It's been in place for several years now on an arch, but I don't think I would put another rose in it's place because  the spores or whatever they are must be in the soil because, although I try to pick up and destroy all the fallen leaves, I'm sure I don't get them all. 

slug slime

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 20:41

I've found that wetting your hands with cold water then rubbing with plenty of salt works quite well, then rinse with cold water again.

Friend or foe??

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 16:59

Burdock isn't it? Teasel has a bigger more oval head I think.

Identify these anyone?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 23:22

Any news yarrow2? I'd love to know, can't resist a mystery! 

Belfast sink.

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 20:29

Pam, I would love a cutting. Am going to attempt to message you but have never done it before so don't hold your breath!

Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 23:05

Blimey! You're just showing off lilylouise! Seriously though, love that African blue, where can I get some?

Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 17:32

I've had purple basil in mine for about a month and it's only just got going properly, but provided your sink is well drained and the weather stays warm it should be ok. It looks great even if you don't get a huge crop. Grew my purple basil 'King Crimson' from seed, but I usually just take cuttings from a shop bought one, root them in a jar of water then just pot them up - quick and easy and most of all cheap!

Belfast sink.

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 14:23

I use mine for herbs, it means I've always got thyme, chives, marjoram and parsely close to hand when I need them in  hurry. Obviously only small amounts, if I need bigger quantities I have a proper herb bed in the allotment. 

In the past I've used it for trailing pinks and a pretty dwarf phlox.

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