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Does Anyone Recognize this Plant?

Posted: 27/03/2015 at 23:01


My son has just moved into a new house and we can't identify this plant in flower at the moment - can anyone help please

Bindweed Roots

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 20:44

I always stick canes amongst the growing bindweed and it will bind itself around.

When there is enough growth I tie  a plastic food bag over the cane and spray glyphosate up into the bag.  Then I leave it and normally it all dies and does not reappear because the roots are dead.  The plastic bag ensures that no spray touches the plants around.

Dwarf Dahlias

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 10:33


It sounds as though its a general 'thumbs down' for Becky.

Lovely to hear from Mattbeer87 - having coped with them in a HB garden centre - a job I always envy every time I go to Homebase  but don't think they would take on a 72 year old retired primary teacher!

The ones in pots are now looking a lot better -lots of flowers on top instead of hidden amongst the leaves  - perhaps they come into their own in Autumn but I would not advise planting in a bed.

What do people use for treating caterpillars organically and successfully?  I always feel very guilty if I use a chemical spray and make myself think of the emerging butterfly.  However they can ravage a pot and are so difficult to find.

Dwarf Dahlias

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 17:15

Has anyone tried the dwarf dahlia 'Becky' sold at Homebase this year?

They really do stay dwarf and have a very pretty flower.  However the one in pots were riddled with caterpillar and the ones I planted in a small bed got consumed by slugs and snails.

Did anyone grow them more successfully than this and what do gardeners do about caterpillars in their pots?



Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 17:24

My standard fuchsias fared much better than the trailing ones. A variety of trailing 'La Campanella' were the worst.








Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 10:30

Thanks nodlisab -  I do exactly what you do to overwinter but I did not know whether rust goes through the plant system to affect the stems and roots etc.

Billie - look underneath the leaves - most of the rust settles there but you can also see spotting on top of the leaves and then they shrivel and start to drop.

Fuchsia Rust

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 17:24

Its been a bad summer for my fuchsias in pots this year.  They, especially the trailing type, have been affected badly by rust and subsequent leaf drop.

I treated them by a fungus spray in the summer and removed as many rust affected leaves as I could.

I now wonder whether I will be able to pot up and over winter these fuchsias in the greenhouse to use again next summer?

Does anyone have any advice on this please?





mosquitos breeding in the rainwater butt

Posted: 06/01/2014 at 17:07

Dread to think what Avon 'Skin So Soft' has in it!!

Does Anyone Recognize this Weed?

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 15:37

Will keep my fingers crossed for your brother and all the others - this part of the world usually suffers from drought!

Does Anyone Recognize this Weed?

Posted: 06/12/2013 at 15:30

No - fortunately we are on top of the cliffs in Felixstowe though lower areas have been under water and populations evacuated.  They are expecting another sea surge tonight!

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