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What plant is growing in my garden?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 20:54

Now known as Pseudofumaria lutea - a plant of many names! It's a bit of a pest in my garden, it loves the gravel.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 18:59

OK, so weedkiller of any kind will only work if the weed has leaves and is actively growing. Glyphosate is taken up by the leaves and travels through the plant to the roots. It takes a while to see any effect - weeks rather than days. Damaging the regrowth by trampling and crushing may help absorption. "Instant" weedkillers don't kill the roots.

My technique to keep ivy under control is to pull out the long growths as necessary, and dig out roots if I want to plant in that space. Ivy usually has shallow roots, the stems root into the ground as it grows horizontally across the soil. It's certainly not impossible to dig it out, but if there's any around in your garden or the neighbour's, it will come back. It is also spread by birds, they take the berries in winter, drop the seeds and the cycle starts again. It loves shady places, growing where little else will flourish.

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 17:26

Glyphosate is inactivated as soon as it hits the soil, you can plant up straight away as soon as you clear the dead plants. It may take several applications though, it can't get through the waxy coating on ivy leaves very easily. 

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 14:05

I think your ivy looks beautiful cascading down like that, can't you just cut it back where it annoys? You won't find anything else that does such a good cover-up job!

Orange bubbly mould on tree stump

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:49

Whichever, it's not likely to be harmful, it's just part of the natural rotting down process of the dead tree stump. It won't spread to live plants.


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:43

I bet it came from the bag of compost that you used to cover the ground - probably made with wood chippings. Can you show us a picture of the problem area?

orange evergreen plants help

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:07

Berberis darwinii is a spiny shrub with orange flowers and it's evergreen.

Chameleon plant

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 19:11

It's a marsh plant, and no relation to ground elder. I tried and failed to grow it next to a stream, the banks were not wet enough for it.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:17

Not Heartsease, it's a cultivated variety. It may not be a named cultivar.

More identifying...

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:12

Both the first and the second photos are of Thrift.

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