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What is this?

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 20:24

This is a British forum and we are mostly in the UK apart from an odd one or two like me on the European continent or Australia.

i'm afraid I haven't a clue about your mystery plant.  Maybe ask on a US based forum?

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:49

That's a lot of roadkill Pat.  Definitely a route to be avoided.

Hosta - so sorry about Sebastian.  He sounds like a proper character.

Ours has been displaying this pm.   Took her and the dogs to be vetted for the trip to Malvern and she decided she wasn't having any of this worming malarky.   Shredded me and the vet and ended up in a harness with no claws sticking out.  She's now grumping in our bedroom under the dressing table.   The dogs were fine but don't much like all the prodding and poking either so Bonzo has gone to hide under my big hostas.

They have to have the same checks and jabs and worm, tick and flea treatments to go into kennels these days so a lot of unavoidable fuss.  Next year the rellies can jolly well come and see us at home!

Sorry you're unwell Clari.  Hope it clears up soon.

Lesley - tis I wot organises our meetings and sends out photos and reports of our garden meetings along with "what to do now" mails so it may all go pear shaped.  I have one lady happy to organise the meetings rota so I hope they'll carry on meeting.  Still in touch with old members that have gone home to the USA and UK and no doubt some of the current members will visit.

Have dropped off loads of games and Barbie and Bratz stuff to a local after-school childcare centre and Halloween and Xmas and Easter decs too.   Back up the attic again now.  Nearly done - apart form my huge pile of fabrics.........

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 16:36

As Dove says, it depends on how big is the area to weed.  If' your're starting out in a newly acquired garden it can be daunting if it's a new build or and old one that's been neglected and there are just weeds. 

Doing the weeding by hand lets you see babies of treasures that are worth growing so it's my preferred method too but I do resort to more drastic measures on paths and cobbles.   A mini flame thrower is on my list of toys to but for those.

Using vinegar to kill weeds

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 11:34

There's some helpful info here on using vinegar but beware, it doe snot discriminate between weeds and wanted plants so you must use it carefully - http://www.naturalnews.com/035750_weed_killer_vinegar_Roundup.html

Roundup and all glyphosate based weedkillers are in fact proving to be toxic as levels accumulate in soil, water and thus human and other bodies.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 05/09/2016 at 09:05

Not so good Pat.  Hope you and the motor are OK.  

Clicky shoulder sounds interesting Dove.  Hope it stays right.

Like your colourful huts Chicky but not those pebbles.

Dull here but set to get warm and sunny again tomorrow which is good planning as I have a last push in the attic to get done today and then a car to load up with spare plants to take to my last garden group tomorrow.   My group, started 20 years ago and ebbed and flowed as people came and went but a good strong group now so a bit of a wrench.

Must crack on.  Have a good one everyone, whatever you're doing.

Any idea what plant this is?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 23:24

Looks like one of the phygelius to me - native to south Africa so slow to get going in a British spring but worth the wait.

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:54

Oh yes - all those Pasos and Tangos done to modern rock.  

I always thought Come Dancing was ordinary working folk relaxing and competing without having to fork out for expensive fees such as tennis, golf, squash.  Posh presenters often as not but it was full of people like Len Goodman who began his working life as an apprentice welder before turning professional dancer.    It's very egalitarian round here anyway with people from every walk of life.   

Planting bulbs in acid soil (companion for rhodo)?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:39

Friends of mine have a one hectare garden on acid soil planted with loads of rhodos and azaleas and thousands of snowdrops, narcissi, cyclamen, tulips and so on and so forth.

If in doubt, look up the bulbs you fancy planting on the RHS website which will tell you if any need neutral or alkaline soil..  

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:30

OH and I both thought exactly that about her and Possum was horrified.

Badly overgrown garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 19:28

Difficult to say when so much depend on how much energy and time you have and whether or not you have any garden knowledge or experience.

Break it down into manageable tasks - clear obvious rubbish like the mattress and lumps of wood and old fence; buy, hire or borrow a strimmer to cut the overgrown grass to a mowable length; cut back any brambles or nettles that might scratch or sting your child and teach her not to touch plants till she knows they're safe.

Then assess what you have and what you want to keep or introduce to make a haven for you and your family and your friends to play and socialise.    Come back here with updates and more to get specific advice when we can all see what you have.

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