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Oh no.....not again...

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 12:36

Commiserations to you Dorset UK What a lovely man your friend was and as long as you remember him his impact on this planet will be his greatest testimony.

advice on horrsetail

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 12:21

Horsetail is a very persistent perennial and as its roots go down metres under the soil surface it is almost impossible to eradicate. Even the smallest piece broken off the main plant can regenerate. You can use a systemic weed killer making sure you crush the stems so that the weed killer is absorbed but if the horsetail is growing in a lawn or flower bed this is not an option. Regular mowing of grass weakens it. I have lived in my house for 33 years and I have still not got rid of it. I do weed it out the minute I see it and on my drive I use the weed killer I mentioned above but I have resigned myself to living with it

I believe that if you completely cover the ground with a weed resistant membrane and leave it for several years so light is excluded it will eventually give up the ghost but which gardener can do that!

Can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 10:35

Having re-looked at mine nutcutlet is right! Mine is a Sorbaria - sorry for the mis-identification! I'm curious now as to what daydaisy's mystery plant is.

Can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 07:52

It does look a little like a young Sambucus nigra 'Aurea' - which is Judith 5's picture. I have one in my garden which does sucker but its so pretty I'm happy to supply family and friends with the suckers.

If this was Yours ...

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:49

I let wild strawberries grow in mine. So teeny weeny but the taste is fantastic!

Black Bamboo

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 18:45

Hi Jan H11. If you are lucky enough to have home made compost then you could mulch with that. An alternative would be to use any spent compost you may have from plant pots used last year. A more costly item would be bought compost. My bamboo clump is old enough to provide its own mulch from discarded leaves but this does not really raise the level. My bamboo is sort of left to manage on its own and I don't do anything to help it (meanie me!)

Black Bamboo

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:55

I have a black bamboo which is probably similar in size to yours also with brown tips on its leaves which is gets every year. In my case it is simply windburn and has no detrimental effect on the bamboo whatsoever. My clump is so large - without being a garden thug - that I am able to cut canes occasionally to use as plant supports in the garden.

Help with remembering plant name?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:28

Good luck with tracking it down. Sorry I couldn't help. Liz

Help with remembering plant name?

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 11:53

Hi Gemma JF. There is a variety of Philodendron erubescens called Black Cardinal which seems to fit your description. I hope this helps. Liz

Hellebore plug plants

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 14:46

Depending on where you are in the country, after hardening off I would risk planting them out. They are fairly tough and if there was any worry about hard frosts you could always cover them at night with fleece or even newspaper - remembering to remove in the morning. My hellebores seed themselves all over the place and are looking particularly fine right now.

Liz x

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