philippa smith2

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I think these are mint

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 16:11

I think there is a variegated Apple mint too - not the best of mints TBH.

The Lemon Balm  should be unmistakeable - even a small specimen will give off a strong lemon scent when rubbed/crushed.

advice on various plants

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 19:27

Depends on the aspect of your Clematis but Vinca minor will do well in shady aspects and Campanula carpatica seems to do the biz if it's sunny. A good thick layer of bark chippings would probably work equally well.

Sounds as if you have been beavering away to make your borders - doesn't happen instantly but you have the right idea.

Even experienced gardeners make horrendous mistakes as you will see if you trawl thru this forum. Never be afraid to ask for advice - you can take it, see if it applies to you and your garden, use your judgement and go on from there. A mistake is a lesson learned after all

Could I grow something around the base of a trampoline?

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 19:01

Ah.........the pic helps Splandy but you are going to have to do a bit ( ? ) of work on the ground if you want something to grow in that situation.

If you could make a decent enough border, would it be possible to erect a bit of trellis top to bottom around 3 sides ?  Leaving a gap for your little person to access the trampoline ?  

As a temporary measure, some plastic greenery tied on to the orange bits may at least be a bit easier on the eye and give you time to think of the alternatives.

No experience of either children or trampolines so my suggestions could be rubbish.  Hopefully someone will come along and be able to help you in a more constructive manner.

Happy bouncing anyway

advice on various plants

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 18:32

The raspberry can be transplanted any time I think - as it has fruited already, you could cut off the fruiting stem - make a nice hole for it - water it in. I'm not a Raspberry expert tho so there may be others who could best advise you on that one.

The other plants you mention will be much happier if you can provide a border for them - the grass will only suck up water and nutrients and leave less for your climbers. As much good soil as you can and a mulch as you suggest.  Most clematis prefer their roots to be in shade.

If you have planted the common Passion flower, just be aware that it can be a bit of a thug - may be best to either keep in a large pot for a couple of years or to get rid.

It's very rarely that garden/plant queries are stupid - you ask if you are unsure and mostly on this forum you will find that someone is only too happy to help you out,

Rest assured that you aren't the only one to find the info on the internet can not only be baffling but a load of old cobblers to boot


Could I grow something around the base of a trampoline?

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:41

If it's a bit on the shady side, how about some of the variegated ivies ?  I don't know how well they would cling to the netting - depends on how stiff it is I suppose.

Are you intending it to be  a permanent feature ? The trampoline I mean.

Clematis would cling but depends how shady is shady ?

A photo is a good idea - may bring forth a few more suggestions for you.

help identify this plant

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:27

I agree - the flowers are very distinctive. 

Seedling ID, please

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 14:25

It does look similar to Ipomea but I think Dove is right - even the seed leaves are lobed - on mine anyway.

The leaves on the photo actually look quite thick ( technical term  ) - the Ips tend to be thin leaved from the word go IME.

Moving established Fatsia Japonica

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 19:20

They do grow in pots which is why they are also sold as House Plants but they will only usually "do" happily for a certain length of time if housebound.

However, if by "established" you mean anything above a couple of foot in height, I'd be careful about digging up - particularly at this time of year. I doubt they would be happy in a gravel situation TBH.

They are frequently available for sale - perhaps you would be better off leaving the plants for the next owner and starting again.

Bear in mind too that if you intend to remove something fairly obvious from your garden that your buyers have seen, you need to specify that you are removing them before you exchange contracts.


What plant other than Ivy to cover up unsightly lower-middle class concrete bird bath with vulgar inscription on it?

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 18:09 about " Why hast thou not binned me as I am truly awful" .

Other than that, move somewhere shady, apply a pot of watered yoghurt and hope nature will do the rest.

Unless you are only visited by "upper class" birds, I daresay it will be patronised ( or should that be used ? )

Black spots on nicandra leaf

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 16:16

You can always collect the seed and sow but IME, they will self seed happily.  You may also find that you will have one or two seedlings with variegated leaves - every bit as attractive

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