Latest posts by quercus_rubur

The daftest thing you've done in your garden

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 20:53

Bronze Fennel, then went in hospital the week it was seeding. That was in 2008, still digging it out of the border  

Sambucus query

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 10:06

Julie, they can be either, but Sambucus nigra Black Lace is a shrub and my experience - I've had mine in about 6 years - the roots won't travel that far. I cut about a third of mine out each year in late winter/early spring and it puts on a good 6ft each year. As long as you time the pruning right you'll still get those beautiful flowers.

Even if it was a tree, most trees don't damage house foundations anyway


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

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 09:51

I forgot about Sweet Peas, they mostly come up, but apart from these and the ones that self-seed - like Californian poppies - I get nothing or a very poor show. Maybe I give off negative vibes when I'm putting them in  

Or maybe they don't like Radio 4. I'll try some heavy metal instead!

Identification of tree /shrub

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 22:03

I'm betting on a hybrid broad bean tree then

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 

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