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Can somebody identify this one?

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 13:05

We have a number of these appeared in our front garden this year.  We certainly haven't planted them.  The flower is similar to Osteospermum but carried on long stems with multiple branches.


Garden Claw

Posted: 13/05/2015 at 12:51

I saw something similar in a local garden centre. Not Garden Claw so probably a poor imitation.

Ivy killing a holly tree

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 21:06

When we had our garden gutted 2 years ago, one of the few things left was the stump of a holly tree.  It was only about 9" above ground but has already grown into a substantial bush, as I discovered when I backed into it whilst digging

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 22:12

Mattbeer87, take care to compare prices between sellers.  Plant prices can differ dramatically for the same thing.  I don't mean larger versions costing more.  The precise opposite can be the case.

Example in point. Mouse Ears hosta anything from £5 to £12.  The £12 version was the smallest!

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:32

The only downside this year is a much lighter wallet when I came home

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 15:57

I've gone to the Malvern Spring Show (as it was known in the good old days) virtually every year since it started 30 odd years ago.

Not to put too fine a point on it, last year was terrible.  Huge gaps in display areas, poor layout etc, etc.  This year they have really turned it round again.  Probably the best I've been to in years.  More plant sellers, better layout in the Floral Marquee (once I found it ), more and better located food and drink outlets.  I could go on but I think you get the message.


Posted: 05/05/2015 at 17:32

It's a perennial problem and one for which there doesn't seem to be a uniformally successful solution.  It's not so bad if they leave the deposit in the border as you can use twigs etc to stop them.  Not so easy when they do it on the lawns.

One for the ladies. ......

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:19

You might be surprised at how easily side windows can be broken.  I've seen footage of tealeafs hitting side windows with very small stones and the window shattering.  Other than the windscreen, windows are more for keeping the weather out than anything else.

Dealing with garden waste

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:14

With a plot that size and overgrown I suspect you will have a few more trips to the recycling centre before you can implement an effective composting system.  Even shredded I think you will have far more material than you can cope with initially.

Could any of your neighbours make use of shredded material for their own compost heaps?

Return to the gardens of our grandmothers

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 09:23

My grandmother's garden was put over almost entirely to fruit and veg growing.  A few roses along one wall but that was about it. 

Discussions started by KT53

Bye-bye bamboo

...eating my words. 
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Last Post: 14/08/2015 at 07:44

At least it's well watered

forgetting you've left the sprinkler on. 
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Last Post: 10/08/2015 at 00:05

Suggestions needed

Replacement for bamboo grove. 
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Last Post: 01/08/2015 at 11:25

Leaking connections on Hozelock watering system

How to stop them. 
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Last Post: 02/07/2015 at 18:43

Dahlia buds forming but not opening

Turning brown from the tips. 
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Last Post: 20/06/2015 at 12:00

Phyllostachys aurea canes dying

Canes dying from the top. 
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Last Post: 01/06/2015 at 17:54

Fargesia nitida overgrown

Best way to get back under control 
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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 20:10

Can somebody identify this one?

Mystery plants appearing. 
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Last Post: 15/05/2015 at 14:01

Malvern Spring Garden Festival

back on track. 
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Last Post: 10/05/2015 at 08:17

When gardens fight back

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Last Post: 19/02/2015 at 06:41

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Stupidity of the NHS. 
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Last Post: 12/11/2014 at 18:56

Clear timber preservatives

Any experience? 
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Last Post: 05/09/2014 at 08:56

Spring bulbs lifted from pots

Worth keeping? If so what do I need to do. 
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Last Post: 15/06/2014 at 23:49

Hydrangea leaves being attacked

No idea by what! 
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Last Post: 26/05/2014 at 14:41

Employment Law

Where can I find easily understandable info on line? 
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