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Can Anyone Identify This?

Posted: Today at 14:36

I have a golden leaved variety that appeared in the garden.
It grows to about 4ft each year and I cut it back to 6" in the spring.
I seem to remember that the fruits are edible, and I have tried them. A bit like a bland nutmeg flavour.

Old,spent potting compost.

Posted: Today at 14:26

I've been putting mine onto the borders for 30yrs. Soil is lovely, but the borders are about 18" higher than the lawn now

It makes a good addition to the compost bin too

Last edited: 25 September 2016 14:28:17

Whose poo is this?

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 14:31

Not me! I wasn't even in the area

Looks a bit like a badger poo to me or hedgehog

Last edited: 23 September 2016 14:32:15

Unidentified Ceanothus

Posted: 23/09/2016 at 13:12

Not sure which you have, but why not take some cuttings.

Found this - 

The RHS Propagation guide suggests taking a 4" heel cutting in summer. 
Find a healthy sideshoot and carefully tear it away from the parent 
plant so that it comes away with a sliver of bark - this is the 'heel' 
of the cutting. Using a clean, sharp knife, trim the heel so that just 
a short spur remains. This heel contains the growth hormones which 
encourage rooting. Use a standard cuttings compost, and provide a humid 
atmosphere (a clear plastic bag secured over the pot will do) to reduce 
stress on the cutting. It is also important to shade the pot from 
strong sunlight.

Soft sand in the garden?

Posted: 22/09/2016 at 14:47

I'm having some landscaping done and there will be about 1 cu metre soft sand left, which they can't take.

Will it be ok if I get them to spread it thinly over the soil then dig it in? I'll seed for a lawn in that area soon.


Take a Look

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:07

Great - esp the last one!


Posted: 20/09/2016 at 14:47

A cheap but not overly pretty answer could be bamboo screening.

Aster "Victoria"

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 13:10

Some info here

Appears to be a Aster novi-belgii cultivar, so care will be the same. Some info here -

Last edited: 19 September 2016 13:11:48

Thorn proof gloves

Posted: 19/09/2016 at 10:42

They are expensive, but they're completely thorn-proof and so thin and comfy they're like a second skin.

I've had mine about 5 yrs now, they're scruffy, but still impenetrable and wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair when I need them.

late chilli plants

Posted: 18/09/2016 at 14:58

The above pic was taken 2014 and I've sill got masses in the freezer!
I'll grow again next year for a top-up

They're widely available - I got mine from T&M - Super Chili 
Even if you don't like chili, it's a lovely compact plant and looks great as a plant in its own right

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