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Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:22's slow yes...but it's not ugly, laborious and certainly not ineffective...

for ugly, I would suggest those canes people use to train the plant up for poisoning.... you won't see those in my garden...

Pink flowering wall plant in Scotland

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:16

..charming photo....

My own garden

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:14

..Hello...nice to see you... you have some nice roses there to grow.... there is still time to apply some fertilizer, if you live in this country....I'm not sure whether or not you're American..?   I only feed my roses once a year in March and grow them fairly hard from them on... no manure...

...those 3 you have should all be strong growers in any case..

..sounds as though you have a good sized garden already...with some lovely trees there.... best wishes...

Cornus kousa Milky Way

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:55

...the way mine is growing, I think 10 foot in 5  years... if left to it's own devices it's likely to reach 20 foot and just as wide as it ages...however, as you can see from my photo, I'm growing it in a border and I aim to prune it...which is tricky and not always advised for these as it can spoil their appearance...but I'm growing it multi stemmed and I cannot allow it to reach those heights and widths, while I'm still here... so my aim is to try and keep it as a large shrub... otherwise it might have to go...but I  just love these....

..  my variety was bought as 'Chinensis'...but 'Milky Way' is the usual clone I think...   this one was planted 3 years ago now and is about 6 foot tall... it's the first summer it's flowered for me.....




Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 21:32

..yes you can clear bindweed organically but you need to be very persistent, and over a period of about 3 seasons... not everyone can be bothered with that kind of regime... but once you get started it's actually very easy... simply nip off all the stems above ground getting it a bit below the soil as much as you can with your fingers, even just an inch or have to keep doing this as soon as the weed appears above the soil, or at least once a week and no later...preferably checking every day if you can find the time...  it just means going along and nipping off every single shoot that keeps popping above the surface, so that the plant is unable to photosynthesize....thereby starving the root...that is what you are trying to do... the following season you will notice improvement...much more so the year after and by the 3 year you may not see any at all...   I've been here 5 years and it's all disappeared from my garden... maybe last year I had just a shoot or two... takes time...and if you doubt this was the way Beth Chatto cleared her well known Essex garden of the weed....

....p.s. I've cleared 2 gardens this way successfully.... I never resort to chemicals for any reason, which is a personal preference.....   best of luck if you should try this...but understandable if you don't...

Help! Peaty and boggy soil ... any plant suggestions?

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 10:55

..I'm sorry to hear of your problems there..but you definitely have a very large one plant you would know about is Callistemon...the bottle brush... and I think I'm right in saying that, they not only grow in hot dry drought areas, which we tend to associate them with here, but also around billabongs...

...some of those perhaps..? or seen enough of them...?

Pros and cons of book writing.

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 00:31

...I think you mean bibliographies rather than bibliophiles.... I'm not sure you need worry unduly about're not plagiarising anything exactly, just referring to earlier works....I wouldn't have thought you needed any permission to do that... some are long since passed away in any case...

..hopefully others will help you out more here...

Garden tattoos? Or generally cool and interesting tattoos?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 23:29
SweetPea93 wrote (see)
All I have to say is if you don't like it look away because what people do with their own bodies is absolutely NO concern or interest of yours.

I wasn't doing anything to get attention. I was simply curious to see what other art people may also have, because unlike you I appreciate the scrawls and scribbles that adorn a person's body.

Maybe I'm just not judgmental about how people look. I'm glad of that.

..don't take it wasn't aimed at you in particular... and you're quite right it's nothing to do with me..fortunately...but we are entitled to an opinion on it... it's also difficult to ignore when people are standing in front of you, having a conversation....

..perhaps I should clarify..I don't judge people by it..that would be absurd...what they do with their bodies is nothing to do with me.. but when someone covers themselves in black ink, of various designs and exposes their bodies for everyone to see...then yes it looks attention seeking and dirty to my eyes and I'd prefer, given the choice, not to see it.. that's just my opinion and nothing more.... no need for anyone to take it to heart... 

...I meet some really nice people every day with tattoos'.... but I won't be forced to like what they have chosen to do no more than I would force anyone to like my garden.... and a lot wouldn't I can assure you of take care...and enjoy your tattoo's...



Orange Flowered Climbers

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:06

..the clear black centre is puzzling..but you say you only saw it briefly?...  difficult to think Thunbergia would have survived the winter, even this last one, but like Philippa says, anything seems possible this year... yet you say it looks as though it's been there a long time... so..

 ....I'm wondering perhaps if you saw a climbing rose..? there are orange ones... and I'm not suggesting you don't know what a rose looks like...but at a glance..?... another is a plant called Fremontodendron 'California Glory'.. this is evergreen and grows huge on a wall.. the flowers are yellow, sometimes with a maroon centre... but the flower buds are strongly coloured's probably in flower now wherever it's grown...

..just a thought to go with the others..

Sugs and snails

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 16:39

..I know mice eat pea plants...I lost all my peas to them once...lots of creatures might be doing the others...caterpillars...?   this mild winter just gone...brought them all out...

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