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Yesterday at 19:40
Thank you all! Yes, I think it's the Sambucus nigra ''variegata' - I thought it was an elder but I didn't realise they came with variegated leaves. (I've seen black, gold...). Really lovely plant at Michelham Priory Gardens in Sussex.
Yesterday at 14:45
Hi - does anyone recognise this pretty, variegated shrub please? About 2m tall. It looks a bit like an elder. It's just finished flowering, but I found one spray still in flower for the photo. Thank you very much!
3 days ago at 08:24
I will go and have another look at it! (It's not in my garden). I wonder if it could be a self-seeded native?
3 days ago at 17:04
Thanks - and sorry. I'll try and take a better picture. I don't think it is a hellebore as it is too tall.
22 May 2017 08:07
Good morning! Does anyone recognise this plant please? Thank you!
18 May 2017 08:49
Thank you - great ideas!
17 May 2017 20:55
Thank you - good ideas. I want to chuck some seeds around in the autumn (but I'll need to recognise the seedlings)
17 May 2017 18:06
I've already got forget-me-nots, poppies and love-in-a-mist but has anyone got any other favourite hardy annuals that can be sown in autumn to self seed that you can recommend? (I've also got foxgloves and aquilegia although they are not annuals)
15 May 2017 14:24
I wondered if it was broughton star, but the Monk's House one looks darker.
15 May 2017 10:30
Does anyone recognise this clematis please? It was growing at Monk's House (National Trust). I love the colour and would like to get one! (Otherwise I'll have to go back when the gardener is there). Thank you.
15 May 2017 10:28
Hi - I've been thinking about this too. I think that mulching well and using ground cover plants does help, I'm not sure about the evidence but I think my ground cover hardy geraniums (for example) shade the roots of the other plants and slows down evaporation. I installed a soaker hose and irrigation hose which, although it does use water, is perhaps more targeted. I'd be interested to hear what other people say - because of the way our house is built I am limited to 2 water butts, which isn't enough.
15 May 2017 10:08
Hmmm - plenty to think about! Thank you!
13 May 2017 18:27
I garden for an elderly couple and there's always loads of weeds coming through their path and drive. I don't have time to hand weed them and I don't use weedkillers on principle. I remember hearing something about studies using soap? Baking soda? Does anyone know of methods to remove weeds from paths without weedkillers or flamethrowers? (I've read about using salt, but that sounds like it would wash into the borders and kill everything else!). Thank you!
12 May 2017 17:36
Thank you! Much appreciated!
12 May 2017 17:35
I didn't use to like ferns but now I'm learning to love them!
12 May 2017 08:56
I've got a lot of clay borders in shade. I'd recommend adding as much manure / compost as humanly possible - plants will cope with shade but not if the soil is poor as well. Be realistic about what will actually grow or you are letting yourself in for some heartache - it might be better to go for shades of green, rather than hoping for abundant flowers. My garden is full of slugs and snails, so I also only grow plants that they don't particularly like (ie, not hostas, I'm afraid). Plants that have, however, done well are: hellebores, ferns, clematis, hardy geraniums, acanthus mollis and some roses also cope, in particular my 'dance de feu' which is beautiful. Good luck!
12 May 2017 08:51
Hi - can anyone tell me what this is please? Weed or something nice?? Thank you very much.
12 May 2017 08:41
11 May 2017 18:27
I hope you enjoy using it!
10 May 2017 08:47
I've got one and I absolutely love it and use it all the time. I bought it partly because I have RSI so a repetitive action, such as using shears, sets it off. The only thing is that you have to hold down 2 buttons to keep the trimmer running - would you have a problem holding your hand in such a position? Otherwise it's very light, and satisfying to use. I even use it to trim off weeds in my borders when I don't have time to do it properly but just want a tidy up. My one niggle is that I don't think you can sharpen the blades, so eventually I'll have to buy a new blade for it.