Rainwater Fanatic

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Plant Identification help please

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 12:28

Thanks Nigel4ever, I think you have it. I have resorted to Glyphosate weedkiller where it was growing on its own, but where it is appearing in amongst other ground cover, it is a bit more trcky. Spot weedkiller it is.

Thinking of installing a pond

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:47

Hi Norm,

If you are looking for low maintentance, I would steer clear of Koi, although at 4 x 6 I assume you were probably not thinking about them anyway. Goldfish are a much more resilient bunch.

Also, you will probably find that the bigger the pond, the easier it is to maintain. Of course you will need bigger filters etc, but in the same way that if gardeners look after the soil, the plants will (sort of) look after themselves, with a pond, if you look after the water, the fish will probably be alright. With larger ponds, you have a bit more time to catch any water problems before they cause problems for the fish.

I have had a pond for many years, but my neighbour gace me a great tip this year which I had never heard. Throw a couple of corks into the pond and it gives the local honey bees a life raft should they ever fall in.

Good Luck if you do decide to go ahead.


Water butts

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 10:34

Thank you Gill. 

I managed to get through the whole of last year being completely water self sufficient in the garden, although to be fair, it was not the most challenging of years with all the rain. Hopefully 2013 will be a bit more normal for all of us gardeners and we will really be able to pit our wits against mother nature!

If you want to check out the next Grow Your Own issue, we are giving away 10 of these in one of their competitions.

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 16/11/2012 at 06:49

Thank you to everyone who has pitched in on this. 

Green Alkanet looks like the closest match for the second image, and I think I am going to have to go with petasites for the first. When I searched google images for petasites I see that these can get really quite big, and this one of mine has never developed leaves bigger than 4-5 inches across. It does however look like it in most other ways, and so thank you nutcutlet for that.

Thanks again for all of your suggestions, at least I now know my enemy!



Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 16:12

Thanks nutcutlet,

The leaves look really similar, although this one you have found is spikey, and mine are smooth edged. I can't quite remember what the flowers were like, but I don't think they were as nice as these. 

It looks like the right family but not the exact same plant

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 15:35

To be honest nutctlet I am not too sure. As far as I remember they come out on quite long stems from ground level. 

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 15:00

Thanks so far. Green Alkanet looks like a positive ID. Looks like it is time to get digging and see if I can get rid of it for good.

The first is definitely not bindweed, although I am blessed with plenty of that as well.

It spreads through the roots which are quite deep and they do snap quite easily when pulled. The leave size does not get a great deal bigger than this. If left to its own devices it will create a dense blanket about a foot tall. I had masses of it in another part of the garden and had to resort to some pretty heafty weed killing to eradicate it.

Come on Berghill, you can do it!

Plant Identification help please

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 13:32

Can anyone help me identifying these two plants?

The first is incredibly invasive. It has white flowers in the spring (I think)

 I treat it like a weed and am forever pulling/digging it up but it is a persistent little blighter. 

The seond plant has foxglove type leaves, but I am pretty sure it is not a foxglove. It has tiny blue flowers which are just coming out now. It too is invasive and pops up all over the garden.




Anyone with any ideas?

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 09:49

What a fantastic transformation!

I have been toying with the idea of giving up some of the lawn area to create something more interesting, but my wife is not so keen. I am pretty sure that if I show her what you have done here she will have me digging up turf by the weekend.

Very inspirational.


Water butts

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 15:31

This is something which we have been working on for most of the year and will be launching next week. It is a fantastic way of getting rainwater from the house to anywhere in the garden. Let me know, if you think we have hit the mark.

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