philippa smith2

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Posted: 16/09/2014 at 18:00

If it looks similar to a foxglove leaf but "fuzzy" and irritates your skin, it could be Borage, Alkanet or even Comfrey .  Nettles have a different shaped leaf and would normally be pretty obvious.

Slugs and Sedums

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 17:52

Liriodendron.............I surely sympathise..........earlier this summer I found a large orange Slug on the tip of a Kniphofia flower spike.  He must have clambered a good 5 foot to get there.

Although it seems hard to believe, there are quite a few plants that Slugs and Snails just seem to turn their noses up at...........rarely our prized ones tho


Slugs and Sedums

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 17:06

Like the above, whoever put Sedum on a list of slug proof plants should be shot....or at least be made to write up their claim so we can all have a disbelieving snigger.

My sedums suffer every year and I have to say I've spotted more slugs and/or snails on them than I have Aliens

Lawn damage

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 16:30

Well OK Verdun............that's a fair enough answer and I "did" promise ( sort of ) so an Éclair for you too.

I think Mollis can have 2 Eclairs  tho as he/she obviously has my sort of "lawn" thanks Mollis 

It's my birthday

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 16:13

Happy Birthday Busy Lizzie ........hope you have a lovely evening out

Grass I.D. and care clues please

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 20:00

Miscanthus (zebrinus or used to be I think ).  In your area it will go for some time but come winter, cut it back to get the new growth in Spring It will last for ever.

West Acre

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:50 too...........just have to be satisfied with the pics tho....big sigh

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:36


The Manzanita or Wishing Tree

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:30 you know which Manzanita you are after ?  Arctosaphylus manzanita  perhaps ?  Evergreen shrub .....2 mt in height and spread, peeling bark and pink flowers and frost hardy ( tho to what degree I don't know ).  There are several different ones.

I'd think it unlikely that you will find it sold as growing specimen as such in this country.

Your best bet would be to look for seeds from someone supplying the more "exotic" stuff.

All I really know is that the wood is incredibly hard and is often used for making perches/branches for Avicculture ( parrots in particular ).

Hope you manage to find something


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:45

Janey.....if you have the facilities to overwinter them safely , they will need potting on just as you would do with any other tender plant.  If you can keep them going, you will be well prepared for next season. 

Otherwise, I fear you are far too late if you were hoping for fruit this year

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