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Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 21:09

Berghill - you're absolutely right to warn people.    

Plants are mysterious things.  I can't grow Chinese Lanterns but Honesty self seeds happily in beds and paths.   Friends on 2.5 acres of heavy acid clay grow Chinese Lanterns like cress but can only get Honesty to grow in one small spot.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 14:06

Nope. My soil is very fertile alkaline loam on a clay subsoil.   Some well drained, some moist, some in full sun and some in shade.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 12:10

Berghill, I know you're an experienced gardener whose advics is sound but I've never had a problem controlling this plant and have even struggled to get the white one to grow at all.   I have far more problems with phlomis russeliana spreading itself with gay abandon and, of course, weeds like nettles, couch grass, creeping buttercup, dock, thistles, flag iris and mares'tail that won't take a hint.

Invasive shrub

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:08

Japanese anemone - hardy herbaceus perennial and great for late summer and autumn colour.   Can be invasive when happy but is easy enough to control when the new growth starts to show.

 

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 10:06

Thanks Dove.  I've checked and they do use solvants rather than caustic soda.   Just waiting to find out how long it takes as they're at Waterloo and that's about 50kms from here so needs some planning as I'm a busy girl.

However, if we get the hard winter people are predicting, it'll be agood winter project to keep me quiet in the dark days when gardening is impossible - that and painting obelisks and metal garden chairs and maybe sewing new sofa covers which I hope will be chic but not shabby.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 07:41

Thanks everyone for these answers.    I can probably re-glue or pin joints.  More worried about the state of the wood after dipping.    

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 19:43

Thanks Artjak.   No sandblasting available here and I doubt it would do the spindles or chair seats much good.    Sounds like a great efffect for a mantlepiece though.

I've only found one dipping place too and they've quoted €30 per chair.   Cripes!!

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:20

Has anyone ever had furniture dipped in an acid bath?   I've been given 7 pine kitchen shairs complete with truend legs and spindle backs which will be a nightmare to sand down to the wood again.  

4 have been sanded, painted with white acrylic, stencilled and distressed and then "protected" with acrylic varnish except that they were then left in a damp shed and it's gone mouldy.   The other three look as though someone has thrown layers and layers of gloss paint at them.  

Just wondered how long they take to dry out again before they can be sanded and fed and treated and does it adversely affect the wood. 

Love the sunny yellow vase and flowers Artjak.

Pleached hedging advice

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:39

Hornbeam is the plant to use in heavy or damp soils and the size and crinkle of its foliage lends itself well to close pruning which a pleached hedge will have.  Beech prefers lighter soils and good drainage but with some moisture retention so not poor, sandy soils.

Help with Clematis

Posted: 26/10/2014 at 18:34

My pleasure.   The feeding regime is applicable every year to ensure good blooms.

Good luck.

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