philippa smith2

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Red hot pokers

Posted: 23/08/2017 at 22:11

Check which variety you have.

There are some which are very robust which should do well in the 2nd year.  Other types are a bit thin and weak and need  a bit more care and attention IME.


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 18:30

You have been reading too many horror stories I think

If you are unsure of stuff, just use your common sense - don't eat anything you can't ID.  If you are shredding anything, wear a face mask to avoid inhaling tiny particles/dust.  If you have sensitive skin, work with gloves where possible if you suspect the plant may prove an irritant.

Talk to your fellow allotmenteers - they are usually only too happy to put a novice straight


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 18:19

Repot  into something a little larger ? Is that a flower spike wandering towards the fireplace ?


Posted: 22/08/2017 at 18:10

Experts are usually people who have given that epithet to themselves

Whether on TV or other media, you take your pick and use the info with other sources - your own common sense quite often being a good source.

Expertise doesn't always mean experience.

I'd go with your German POW and others whose advice has been proven.  New ideas and methods shouldn't be derided or ignored but if a certain method works for you and you are happy with the results, why worry about the "experts" 

I know it's not a weed but

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 19:08

Non toxic friendly way to kill ??  Don't think such a thing exists.  Digging out and discarding would seem to be the way to go.

Can anyone tell me what this plant is called

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 19:03

It's a beauty alright - very popular back in the '80;s - don't seem to see it so much these days which is a shame

Garden fence

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 19:00

I think DFA is right - your neighbour can cut off anything which wanders over into his/her garden and perhaps pushing the plant back over to your side is simply the neighbour's way of suggesting you control the growth from your side.

At least something like Honeysuckle can be dealt with quite easily from your side - take comfort in the fact that things could be a lot worse and have a chat with your neighbour - as you yourself suggest, when things are a little cooler

Comfrey - should it not be picked in the first year?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:42

Max......if they are anything like my Comfrey, there'll be out of that tidy looking bed in no time.  You rarely need to do anything to gain a good root system -they do that on their own If you want to make some feed this year, I'd shear that lot off now and make use of it.  Fbones is right, you won't lose this plant any time soon.

100ft Woodland Garden Design

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:31

As the title says Woodland Garden, one assumes you wish to retain as many trees as possible and perhaps plant more ?

Have you tried contacting the Woodland Trust at all ?  They may well be able to advise/suggest how you can retain what you have/ what could be removed , etc. ?  They would also be able to suggest what other plants/shrubs/bulbs you could use to complement your woodland theme.  

Always worth asking the experts for advice - you can of course take the advice or leave it - as you would do with the advice offered on the forum.

From your photos, it looks as if you have a nice start - hope you enjoy it

Help .. need a plant for privacy

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 18:17

Unless you want to block off all light as well as people passing by, vertical blinds and a window box ( you can adapt for a bay window ) would perhaps be worth considering. It has to be something you can live with as well as putting casual sightseers off.

A temporary measure could be net curtains and employing a male friend to "flash" every so often  If you are lucky, people will studiously avoid looking thru your window.

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