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Help! Anyone recognise this planr?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 13:11

They're far too small to be thinking of planting them out so just grow them on till roots start to show at the bottom of their cells then pot them up into 4"/10cm pots and grow on again.  By the time they're big enough to cope with life outside in the borders they'll be recognisable by someone.

What on earth is this weed??

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:16

It is ground ivy - glechoma hederacea.   It producers runners and twining stems and creeps everywhere and gets entwined in roots of shrubs and perennials.  

Easy enough to pull out though whenever you see it.  Just make sure you let it dry out before you bung it on teh compost heap or it will spread in there too.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 17:16

Be careful what you wish for.  Our pond and others in the paddocks across the road have been invaded by singing frogs that chorus very loudly for months.  They started last night and will go on into July and August which makes for a lot of noise once it's warm enough for the windows to be open at night.

Be honest now

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 16:54

RHS studies have shown that snails just come back. They marked their shells and then kept an eye out.  The snails know where the juicy stuff is and come home.  I expect slugs are the same but it's harder to measure as they have no shells to paint.

I use wildlife friendly slug pellets around susceptible plants, throw any offenders I find into the road to be squished by passing cars and leave others well alone depending on where they are in the garden.   Some are valuable re-cyclers of garden waste but they're not welcome on my veggie babies, hostas, hemerocallis, daffs or clems.


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 16:48

Good photos Busy.  Well done.   No gardening here today as the weather has been filthy - cold, wet and windy - and I have been a tad tired after taking 6 teenage Hip Hop girls to Brussels to buy outfits for their end of season demo.    It took them 4 hours to get everything.

I have contented myself with shuffling a few house plants about and sanding down and cleaning 3 galvanised pots I bought in a flea market.  Once dried they'll be painted and decorated and varnished ready for life in the garden.    Also sanded down the bird boxes I rescued from the drunken fence posts.  They'll be cleaned and lightly oiled and put out again in a new location of next year's nesters.

Hoping for sun tomorrow as I have loads to do outside and babies to pot up and pumpkins to sow.

Something eating my lettuce seedlings

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 13:31

Slugs or snails.  Get some wildlife friendly pellets and use them sparingly but regularly to protect susceptible plants sucha s vegetable seedlings, daffs, hemerocallis, clematis shoots, hostas and anything else they munch on.

full shade

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 01:06

You are going to have a very limited choice of things you can sow direct and I can't find any annual plants that will cope with full shade.   Annuals germinate, grow, flower and set seed in one season and need sunlight to fuel it all.

However, there are shrubs, biennials and perennials that will be quite happy there and can give you a  long season of interest through the year from foliage, flowers and /or stem colour.

Mahonia is a shrub with glossy, evergreen foliage and scented yellow flowers in late winter to early spring with dark purple berries later on - is a good form and widely available.

Angelica gigas is a tall plant that would provide height and foliage interest as well as flowers in late summer - 

Foxgloves are usually biennial so flower, set seed and die in their second year.  They are easy to grow from seed and come in shades of white, apricot, cream with purple speckles and the common pinky purple form.   There are also perennial forms but these can be tricky in my experience and the biennial forms set seed freely so you'll always have some new stock flowering every year if you don't hoe up all the seedlings.

Tiarellas are low growing and make good ground cover.   They have pretty lobed leaves and produce frothy, creamy flowers in spring.

Hostas should do well.  They come in a huge variety of leaf size and colour from green through gold, glaucous blue and variegated and they produce spikes of white or lilac flowers in summer.

Saxifrage 'London Pride' should be fine too and will produce rosettes of glossy green foliage with 30cm spikes of tiny flowers.

You can look up all of these on the RHS website or google to find cultivation details then go to your local garden centre or nursery to see what they have that fits your wish list.

full shade

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 22:34

I can quite understand about begonias and impatiens as I find them unattractive, plasticky looking things.  However, what you can grow depends on soil, exposure and moisture levels as much as shade or sun so please tell us if you have light sandy soil, heavy clay soil, something in between like loam; is it shallow or deep, moist or dry, alkaline, neutral or acid?   Is it sheltered or exposed to strong winds, heavy frosts and so on.

Cold and exposed garden

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:22

Frankie - I mulch vulnerable plants but my garden is too big to mulch all of it every autumn.  On the other hand, we do get a lot of rain with all that wind so things don't dry out.   The last two winters we have only gone down to -6 or so a couple of times and it's winter wet that does as much, if not more, damage as winter cold.  

Cold and exposed garden

Posted: 10/04/2015 at 08:17

HI GM.  I don't know its botanical name as the label has long since blown away but I bought it as a babe 8 or 9 or 9 years ago at Kalmthout Arboretum which described it as a tree whose bark was used by the natives to ease toothache.   It has large, vicious thorns and a strange but not unpleasant smell.   I have a clematis Red Ballon growing through it.

I don't have a picture but will try and remember to take one when it's in leaf.

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