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Shrub ID please.

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:41

Oh, I'm not often right but I'm wrong again then because my philadelphus are much more rigorous than that

My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 20:39

Thank you!  Yes you are both right it is sorrel - sheep sorrel apparently - I would never have known where to start with that - I googled all sorts of descriptions including spade shaped weed with thumb - then Artjak suggested French sorrel - so I googled that and scrolled down all the varieties until the shape exactly matched sheep sorrel.  No I'm not absolutely sure about the source - only that it first appeared in the container my rose is in and still predominantly stems (excuse the pun) from there.  It does appear round about the container too but it is thick, fast and furious in the container.  It can be therapeutic for a short time, pulling each leaf and out it comes with a long clean stalk - but it soon becomes laborious because it is just so dense.  Less than a month ago I cleared the whole tub and now it is back to where it started.  My only thought with the birds is that their favourite fat ball hanger is right above it.  Maybe it was a bit of a leap in logic.  If it's not the feeders or birds then that is absolutely fine I'll keep them where they are and continue to enjoy them.  If I thought I could clear the problem then I'd have considered my options.  I have fat balls, on three hangers and two other hangers have seed mixtures in the compartments (I'm not sure what the mix is though, the details are in French so I just look at the pictures of the birds on the packet ).  Yes I have seen the birds spit the seeds but what they are and whether they germinate or not I haven't a clue.  But thank you so much for your own experiences because it has helped a lot - I shall keep the feeders where they are 

Shrub ID please.

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:13

It does look like a philadelphus - I have a couple - slightly different flower but I know there are a couple of varieties.  Exquisite smell - I love them

My bird feeders are placed where I can enjoy watching...

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 17:11

I chose a spot in front of the conservatory to create a haven for birds and roses and it is my real sunny flowery area - my herbs are also there too.  However I'm wondering if it is really the best place because my pots and borders fill very quickly with one particular weed and I think it may be coming from the seeds the birds either pick up or eat from what I put out.  For example it fills my Pierre de Ronsard container and and the border below - it is easy to pull out when there are only one or two due to its long single root - but it is prolific and very difficult to pull when it gets a hold.  Does anyone recognise it as a bird food seed?  I know I can't have everything and I expect the odd weed plus I feel the birds are safer where I can see them and they don't really seem too put out by my often constant presence.   Where do you have your feeders?


edible or interloper?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:55

That is fantastic - I'm sure it must have been hard work at the time but it sounds so exciting to me and what a great education while earning your pocket money 

I worked in a sweet shop after school - and all I gained in that period  - is a load of fillings


edible or interloper?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:36

Gosh how do you know these things!!  There is a field across the road (a very busy main road) which is planted each year with alternating vegetables - always pumpkins in autumn - I don't know what it is at the moment but I will see the men and their wives out with baskets harvesting it in a couple of months. Could that be the disturbed land?   Okay - that's another one to be whipped out this minute. 

Thank you Dove

edible or interloper?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 16:21

I have a suspicion this is a weed and I have seen it before but can't remember what I decided it was (it's the dark spots that I recognise).  It is thriving in one of my herb containers.  Does anyone recognise it?


ID help please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:25

OOps I took so long typing - I thought for once I was going to be first to reply

ID help please

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:23

I think the top one is a member of the geranium family Katvet, I have lots of it in my garden too - there are areas where it is quite pretty - others where it is just not wanted.  It pulls up easily though.  I don't know what the blue one is, it looks very pretty but that's not to say it is welcome to take over.  You will definitely get an Id on both from some of the more experienced members - I just get over excited if I recognise something.

herbs and dahlias

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:15

It is small Fleurisa, it is a minute little shoot and I don't know what I was thinking, but I have managed to remove and re pot the basil without too much disturbance so that both Dahlia and basil can thrive in their own space

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