Sara 4

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Monster weed

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 23:08

Could it be Himalayan knotweed, rather than Balsam?  (Persicaria wallichii)  I can't find many pictures of it on the web, but it grows very tall and into large stands, spreading from underground rhizomes and aerial roots which could be the 'rooty stem'. There is a DEFRA fact sheet, but it doesn't tell you what colour the stem is.

planted tulips now, is this OK?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 23:15

Marion, sorry for late response but that sounds like a really useful book - I am completely mystified about bulbs (hence planting them all at the wrong time) so I will look out for it.  Thank you.

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 22:59

That looks terrific, and I see what you mean about the dry stone walling now - presumably you had to buy those lovely smooth rocks?  I was/am a bit worried about using the ones I've got actually IN the pond cos I scrounged them or  dug them up and they're all quite pointy.  I like your Easter Island head too!

Trillium - getting plants for not much is just what I need to do.  If I can lay my hands on some oxygenators, will they do their stuff over winter, or as not established will they just freeze to death?  I'm happy to do the main planting design in the spring, but it would be good (financially and motivationally) to get some things in place. 


Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:08

That's a helpful site donutsmrs (I see you are in the Westie fan club too) - is there any way of knowing which fuchsia are hardy, or do you take cuttings in case and see if any of the others survive?  I have a few in hanging baskets which I was going to plant out and hope for the best.

Is this poisonous

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:04

Apprentice Gardener, these hideous things spread like wildfire from the seeds that the birds drop.  I have dug up an unfeasible quantity of them, and while, as nutcutlet says, they are marginally more attractive in the spring/summer (light green foliage, yellow flowers) you probably don't want 20 of them.

Pruning probs

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 19:01

Any idea what they are? The first one looks like a fuchsia to me, but I'm no expert (and I can't find my glasses, either!)

Alternative lawns

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 18:58

Vis the holes in the sleepers, I find the little sedums work really easily if you aren't going to be walking all over them.

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 15:14

That's what I'm hoping for, on a smaller scale - I'm just getting nervous about getting it wrong

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 13:17

When I buy my country estate, Clueless .... it looks fabulous but I really rather hope my pond build costs a bit less than that.  I have forwarded it to my boss though - she has always wanted a swimming lake and has the space.

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 23:59

Please get your camera out ... I'd love to see.

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Last Post: 27/10/2013 at 00:56

Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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Last Post: 22/10/2013 at 22:58

So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Last Post: 05/11/2013 at 11:46

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Last Post: 05/10/2013 at 17:16


Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Last Post: 04/10/2013 at 00:55

Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 09:31

Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Last Post: 13/09/2013 at 10:41

Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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Last Post: 01/09/2013 at 12:04

My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Last Post: 02/09/2013 at 23:24


Will seeds grow? 
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Last Post: 16/08/2013 at 11:56


I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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Last Post: 08/08/2013 at 21:24

What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 12:15

Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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Last Post: 29/07/2013 at 21:51
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