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"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 21:05

Helianthus lemon Queen is a bit exhuberant in my garden and I may have to get ruthless with it this year.  Phlomis Russeliana is self seeding very happily and so needs rooting out a bit this year and lysomachia clethroides alba needs lifting, dividing and giving away as it's a bit too happy.    Cornus Midwinter Fire is a suckering thug.  I moved one shrub a couple of years ago but must have left bits of root behind so 18 months ago I dug up 12 new babies and transplanted them elsewhere and into pots and blow me if it hasn't popped up again in its original site.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 20:46

No problem here.  Never got a pensisetum through a winter yet.

Evergreen grasses

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:41

My garden is cold and exposed so we wait till March and then take the hedge trimmers to them but OH may well use his nice new sharp garden shears this year.   Too big a job for secateurs.

The evergreen forms such as carex buchananii just get a comb with a garden rake.

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 18:38

My sleepers were old na dhaven't bled at all.  In fact they've dried to a silvery grey and they had black plastic on teh inside to protect them from moisture in teh soil and prevent any leaching.   The shadier ones are actually growing lichens and mosses.

I've used wooden log rolls as edgers and they do rot very quickly really.   The concrete ones are much better as long as they're supported somehow and are also growing lichens now.

Clematis nelly moser

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 17:00

Between now and the end of March, Nelly and other group 2s need to have all dead growth cut back to a pair of healthy buds to remove unsightly stems.    After the first flowers they need trimming to remove some dead heads and induce the plant to put on more flowers in late summer.    Simples.

Edging for bed

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 13:16

We've used railway sleepers to make a mowing strip between the lawn and the beds and also as a retaining wall to get a level veggie plot.   We've used roofing beams to make reaised beds in the veggie patch.   We've used 9" high concrete "log roll" to edge paths in the woodland garden and hold back the soil and plants.

I can recommend them all as edgers but you'd need something stouter than the log rolls to retain soil so I would go for wooden beams screwed to upright posts sunk into the ground so they don't sink away to your neighbour's garden.


Suggestions for a South-facing wall

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 12:16

A cherry sounds good and when it gets to a decent size there should be plenty to share with the birds.   However I think the idea of training one to grow and fruit above your wall will require a stout framework to support it and I wonder if having cherries dangling visible above the wall is not an invitation to passing hands?   Also, unless you can afford to buy a largish pre-trained plant, it will take some time to get that high.

I'd grow a grape myself but that wouldn't fit with your need for an early harvest.

BBC Archers Message-Board

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 10:46

Nutcutlet - if you have Sky you can get BBC radio on your telly and a lot is available to listen to on-line too.

DK - why not start an Archers Potting Shed on here for refugees?   Those of us who don't follow the Archers can easily ignore it and those who do may find new friends.

Clematis not developing

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 10:43

A generous dollop of blood fish and bone and/or pelleted chicken manure every  spring to get growth going then a top up of special clematis food from spring until flowering.   Some clematis can take a year or two to establish their roots before putting on a lot of top growth and flowers.  I have several like that despite having deep, fertile, alkaline and mostly loamy soil.   When planting any new ones, scatter some mycrorhizal fungae (as for roses) on their root ball before planting at least 4 to 6 inches deeper than they were in their pot. 

the pope

Posted: 12/02/2013 at 09:15

As with any institution be it religious or governmental, there is good and bad.  Unfortunately, while there are no doubt good Catholics who live good lives, the Church has a long track record of centuries of bigotry, dodgy politics, cruelty and repression.   Recent revelations about exporting of children to the colonies, locking up and abusing women in the Irish Republic and the sex scandals around the world are cases in point.  This pope was deeply implicated in early sex scandals and preferred to cover up than deal with the problem.

I can well understand the earlier poster's anger if they have suffered through anything the church has done.  I can also understand deep scepticism about the amount of wealth the Church hoards but feel myself that all those magnificent buildings are our joint heritage and are worth preserving as testament to the ingenuity and skills of our forebears.   They don't, however, need all those grace and favour residencies, fancy frocks or limos.  

World poverty will not be solved till all politicians and business people are free of greed and corruption - pie in the sky really but getting better in some quarters though progress is slow in others.  Just look at all the bribery and 'lobbying' that goes on in US politics and all the lobbying in national parliaments and the EU and the diverting of international aid to the third worl to private swiss bank accounts.

Let this pope retire and look to his conscience.  Let the Catholic church elect a modern, forward thinking pope who will recognise the equal humanity of women and gay people.  Some hope I expect.

More importantly, let everyone recognise their own responsibility for their own moral behaviour within their family, social and national circles and not seek to hide behind religion and divine absolution.   And yes, gardeners are practical, pragmatic, optimistic and patient people and we could do worse than require our leaders to be gardeners too.  It would do wonders for their hubris and teach them humility.




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