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Posted: 09/08/2013 at 06:57

What you could do is to get a smallish stone and fasten the bottoms of the plant stems to it with an elastic band or string. This will act as a replacement weight for the lead band they came with and hold the plants at the bottom until they take root. Even if they just stay on the surface they will come to no harm whatsoever as Waterbutts commented.

please ID this plant??

Posted: 16/07/2013 at 11:47

I agree with Alan. Its a perfect plant for a wild flower garden and will happily seed itself all over the place.

plant name

Posted: 13/07/2013 at 11:08

I thought at first that it might be himalayan balsam until you described the flowers as growing up the stem. Is it at all possible to take a picture of the flowers?


ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:39

I'm so glad you got it identified correctly Alan9 I do have this in my pond but it is the lilac variety - didn't know it also came in white!

Happy gardening


ID Pond Plant please

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 17:01

Hi Alan

The plant you have in your pond is called Cabomba.

Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 12:54

I have noticed that both slugs and snails seem to be attracted to the seed mix bird food I put out. They even climb the bird tables to get to it as well as eating .the ground feed I put down. This seems to be an environmentally friendly way to lure the horrors to a pit trap sunk into the ground with a cover in the form of a piece of slate or stone sat a reasonable height above the entrance to keep out rain. I haven't tried it myself but it may work. Any beasties trapped can then be disposed of.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 13:12

Sorry - I meant Photinia and not Robinia - my senior moment!

Mystery Plant

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 13:11

Hi Bookmonster

I am not altogether convinced that the shrub you show is Robinia despite the several confirmations. I suspect that it may be an Eleagnus. I think this as in one of your pics it shows the lower surface of the leaf to be very pale - almost white in colour and as far as I am aware the undersurface of Photinia leaves are darker. Variegated Eleagnus can revert to all green in colour if the green shoots are not pruned out as soon as they appear. I do hope that further research will assist you.

Happy New Year!


Help please

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 13:19

Hi Andrew

Wow that is quite a large area. Glyphosate mentioned by Nutcutlet is a weedkiller that does not harm the soil. It is one that is taken in by the roots of the plants you wish to get rid of and kills them but does not last in the soil so you can plant it up as soon as the weeds die. It is best applied in July/August when the plants/ weeds are growing freely. I agree with Welshonion - try to clear a small area at a time. One thing you can do with the area you wish to save for your greenhouse/ patio is to buy a large quantity of weed suppressing fabric and once you have cut back and levelled the area cover it completely wuth the fabric the hard standing for the greenhouse and patio can then go on top of the fabric.This means that that section of ground will not need to be treated so saving you the expense of glyphosate.

Bracken is a native British fern and is common in moorland areas. Unfortunately its spores and bits of its roots can be transferred to gardens in potting compost but at least when the first little leaves appear it is easily dealt with. It is poisonous so wear gardening gloves when handling it just to be on the safe side. I do hope this helps Andrew but you can always send another message on here.

Help please

Posted: 01/12/2012 at 20:02

Hi Andrew

I notice you say that you just 'cut it all back'. If this is the case and you have left roots etc. behind then all your hard work will be undone as the plants will simply regenerate. Weedkiller is quite a severe (and expensive!) control measure and it will all depend how big your area is as asked by Mogsby. Some weedkillers can affect the soil afterwards making any further growing rather difficult. If you can give a little further information then perhaps some solutions can be suggested to you.

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