Latest posts by Leggi

Please help me identify this really invasive plant!! And how the spread

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 21:04

It's older than the dinosaurs and it's as big a thug as you're likely to find unfortunately. If you type horsetail in to the search box you'll find loads of information on how to deal with it from previous threads. Good luck!

Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:33

Sorry GG, I forgot to reply to you 

Thanks for the tip about how to identify English or Spanish bells, I'll have a keener more persistent eye for them next year. The pink ones sound lovely too, and if everything grew exactly where we wanted we'd probably all have too much time on our hands 

Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:59

Thanks Dove and Bob, yesterday I potted up the smaller ones and this evening the big ones (leaves about 3/4'' wide) went in heavy duty black sacks. I found all my perennial plants underneath so I'm quite pleased and there's a bit more space for some new things too. 


Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 15:07

This is the first year in about 5 where I haven't planted any annuals apart from sweet peas and cosmos. Mostly that's due to a lack of space and all window sils and two cold frames packed with veg seedlings for our allotment for our first whole year there.

I think the longer we live with our perennials, watching them go to sleep through the autumn and waiting patiently for signs of life in the spring, they become like good friends returning after a holiday. I think annuals are different in that respect, less of reunion with a much loved friend and more of a flirtatious glance shared with a beautiful stranger in a supermarket perhaps. Joyous too, of course, but different.

Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:50

Hi Lizzie, no there aren't any others nearby. These must have either been dormant in the soil or spread from seed. There is an alleyway that runs behind that patch of the garden but I've had a peek down there and it's just all concrete. I've had a closer look and there appears to be two types, a much smaller leafed variety (which I assume is the English type) and the other two with larger leaves. I have potted the smaller ones up and might keep them. The bigger ones I'm not so sure about.

Patty3, I probably won't weed kill them as I'm generally adverse to using chemicals. Not through any moral objection, just that I normally find there is a non-chemical solution which is just as easy (like digging up ).


Problem with Bluebells

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:01

I'm not sure if they're English or Spanish bluebells but this year 4 large clumps have come up right in the middle of my main summer perennial boarder, squeezing everything that has previously grown there out.

I know in the wild you're not allowed to dig them out, but at the moment I'm thinking that digging them up, or even worse weed killing them, is the only option. It's quite a small garden so all space is precious and I'd much rather have the plants I've put in over the years than four clumps of the same thing. I fear that if I leave them they will take over completely.

The question is, is there an easier way to deal with them other than the methods I've already mentioned?

greenhouse stawberrys

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:01
They are apparently self fertile but need the action of wind/insects to move the pollen on the flower. Gently brushing the flowers should be more than adequate.

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 23:03
Mine is coming in to leaf now too, but I'm also in the south east.

keeping mice off pea seeds

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 14:11
Unfortunately they like all seedlings really, they do tend to go for the more succulent ones and will often dig up seeds to eat. I've tried humane traps but with no success, getting cats seems to have worked for me (not deliberately for that reason though).

I'd try the paraffin trick as it's the smell that's supposed to put off mice rather than the pea taking on too much of the chemical.

advise needed

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:53
No need to apologise. It's a friendly place, ask away.

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