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Flower or weed?

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:10


Flower or weed?

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 09:00

That's excellent, thank you! I knew someone on here would know. 

I may have to move it though, as it's right on top of the David Austin Golden Celebration rose I planted a couple of years ago which is still really low & floppy. It's totally hiding it really! 

Any ideas when the best time to move it would be? It would be a shame to lose it, perhaps I should leave it to seed & collect some & wait until next year then if there are more it won't feel so risky. Or just cut it back hard after flowering, a perennial should survive that I guess. 

Flower or weed?

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 12:10

This massive plant appeared in the border in spring, shot up in no time with huge foliage & is now flowering. The speed & size suggests a weed to me & the slightly tatty look of the leaves & flowers. The flower is a recent picture, the foliage from a few weeks ago, it is larger still now & multiheaded in flowering.

However, I did buy some unusual plants from a plant sale that were unlabelled & I don't want to pull it out if it is some type of perennial sunflower or similar.


Edging for beds

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 09:09

Our borders are curved & we set in granite setts.

Although square themselves, as they're quite small they follow the curve fine. 


Posted: 30/08/2013 at 10:18

I think it's another name for sciarid fly. Tiny little black flies that love the surface of wet peaty compost. 

I hate them & have had them on houseplants in the past. There was a soil drench that worked for vine weevil & them on the market, but I think it was one of the ones that they stopped selling. Also a powder years ago.

I used to add a layer of sand or gravel to the top of pots & water from below, extremely sparingly. 

I often get them in the greenhouse, but ignore them there. I suspect in large enough quantities they may eat roots, but I've never experienced problems.

So I'd be optimistic if I were you.


Posted: 17/08/2013 at 09:20

We've had a musa basjoo for at least 10 years. We're in West Sussex.

It always used to get fleece wrapped for winter & was fine. Then for a few years we didn't bother. The top growth would die off but it would always come back, widening each year with enormous new sections all around the original.

A couple of years ago we started cutting it down to a manageable height for wrapping, this way it gets really tall again each year rather than just mid height & much wider! 

We even had a bunch of bananas grow on it one year! I'm not sure they're edible on this variety, or they didn't get big enough or ripe enough. We didn't eat them anyway.

We lost a red banana, not sure of the variety, but even wrapped it didn't survive the first winter sadly.

The leaves can look slightly tatty when it's been windy but when they first unfurl & are undamaged they look huge & amazing.


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:29

I had loads of this in a shady corner, come to think of it I've not seen it this year. Will have to go & investigate. 


Posted: 15/08/2013 at 19:28

I've never seen so many blackfly as are clustered all over most of my beans, they are still producing though, just a bit yucky to pick! 

Definitely less than usual though.


Posted: 10/06/2013 at 08:35

I've had good results with ones over the years from that Isle of Wight garlic farm too.

Last year they were so bad though that I didn't bother re-planting any of my solent wight, I wish I had now, as the elephant garlic I did keep a few cloves of are doing very well this year. 

I'd say they're a good few weeks, if not a month behind though.



Easy to look after House Plants

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 19:55

Forgot to say, leaves turning yellow could be overwatering. Water when needed, ie when it feels really light, or the compost is dry, rather than just weekly whatever. If it's warm it may need more often, if the weather has been cold & grey it may need it less often. 

If not then maybe the wrong light conditions for that plant. 

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