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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Sambucus query

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:00

I think you may be right nutcutlet. I have a black lace with a seedling similar to the one in cherokee's photos.

As Kef says it does also come true from cuttings - courtesy of my postman who stood on one the the branches just after I planted it

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 06:10

Seriously, the leaves look like a Catalpa. If those "bean" pods get elongated then it is. Let us know, we wait with baited breath.

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 06:07

They look like Broad Beans. Maybe you've got a hybrid broad bean tree! Now THAT would be good. I love broad beans! 

Best way to get rid of bamboo

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 06:00

It is a bugger to get rid of. A few years ago my daughter planted one which the garden centre assured her was a non-invasive variety. Within 2 years it was coming up everywhere. That's when you ring Mum .

Armed with loppers and fork we had to dig right down and cut as much of the root as possible. Did that for the next 2 years, at which point they moved... er .. you don't live near Cardiff do you Sazac? In which case, sorry 

Saint or sinner?.....don't like annuals

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 05:50

Saint Verdun!.

Waste of time, money and effort. After years of abysmal hanging baskets mine now have hostas and ivy in them. Fragrance I get from most of the shrubs and daffys.

As for veg, with the exception of sugar peas, beans, garlic and onions  I'm even beginning to think annual veg aren't worth it either in my small garden. Think I'll stick to fruit, perennials, shrubs and trees next year. 



Posted: 16/05/2013 at 05:36

Ah the eternal question, what is a weed?  The discussion earlier in the week over Dandelions seemed to split the group in two, with those who remove at any cost and those who love and leave them be.

My favourite "weed" is the Nettle. My nemesis is Bronze Fennel, 

The definition of a plant in the wrong place is pretty spot on 

victorian garden/cottage garden

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:21

I have 2 wigwams in my front garden, one has Clematis growing up it, the other has/will have beans and peas. I think a potager looks a good idea Lizzie 


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 23:09

There's a thought .. a tortoise! 

The jungle in my garden needs to go.

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 22:30

Don't Wintersong, I have budding none-gardeners next to me and I recently cut down a 6ft branch of bramble as far as my loppers would reach over the hedge. I have nightmares about their garden reaching that state

I already asked the council if I could turn the strip between us into an insect-friendly plot. They said as it was council land and as my neighbours are council tennants it was their responsibility. 

Anyway, after that response last year I stopped mowing it, but the dandelions etc. are driving me nuts so yet again I'll start mowing it unless they do. Oooh I just saw a pig flying past!

Evergreen Clematis

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 22:18

Nutcutlet, I'm taking you at your word . My armandii seems to have disappeared this year - it's 2nd year. I'll keep my fingers crossed it will rise from the ashes!

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