philippa smith2

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"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 17:42 sound just like know it but will the word/name come ?  Will it heck

I first saw the Pokeweed at a NT garden where I worked as a volunteer.  The berries were such a stupendous colour it stuck in my mind.  Years later, it suddenly appeared by my pond in France.  I actually got these seeds from Nutcutlet .....never thought to bring the French jobs with me

A Strawberry huller RB ?  My strawbs never get far from the plants before they miraculously disappear - never did find out who ate them

What is this plant please

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:48

I think I might by with Tetley on this one..........I'm plucking them out every other day

There IS always an upside tho..........if you have chickens, they do seem to like it

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:43

Joyce 21.......the blue flowered pond plant is Pontederia ( Pickerel weed).  Dies down in winter.

Verdun..........looks like you have 2 kinds of Kniphofia......which ones please ?  Lovely pics of your garden

Painting a bird bath

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:32

I think you need to say what the bath is.......plastic, concrete, stone, metal ?.......before anyone could advise the correct paint to use

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:28

Oh hang on........just looked at No. 2 again.......they are surely headphones for Mr. Spock.....pointy ears and all that.

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:26

Runnybeak..........what do you mean when you say No. 2 is a difficult one ?  They're all a mystery you clever person

No. 1 .......Like BL I'm tempted to go for a scourer of some sort but I think that is too easy for a cunning mind such as yours

No. 3........well........some posh new lawn edging ? Nope.....I'm well and truly stuck

"What is this ? "

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 16:13

Sorry folks

I hadn't intended to keep you all in suspense but got waylaid with one thing and another.

The "what is this" pic I posted yesterday (? ) was a Phytolaca ( Pokeweed or Red Ink plant).  It's just finished flowering and all those little "lumps" will turn a deep wine red/purple in the Autumn.

I'm just going to look back and see if I can ID some of the clever stuff


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:41

It is indeed a Grape vine...quite well advanced too.  Shame if you have cut these off as they would have ripened in the next couple of months.

Would suggest you trace the vine back to the base, clear the weeds/bell bind away and nurture the vine.  If you don't get fruit this year, you should next

How to solve your snail problems

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:33

I was watching 3 of the local Hedgehogs in my garden last night.  One was stuffing his face in the feed bowl, another had rolled into a ball as he/she was being bullied and the 3rd was having a drink of water.

There were at least 4 or 5 slugs lounging around and not one Hog even looked at them.  There were also several Frogs which had come out of the pond and I didn't see them take much notice of our slimey friends either

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 17:01

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