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Latest posts by Shadoweaver

'mind your own business'

Posted: 31/01/2015 at 08:20

I agree with Verdun!! Don't do it!! We inherited this in our garden and whilst it does provide ground cover it just smothers everything with its creeping, dense mats. One part of our garden is a damp and partially shaded area and it positively thrives in these conditions. It is fairly easy to pull up from stonework and gravel although if you don't get all the roots - of which there are many! - it will certainly come back! This is an ongoing battle to control along with willowherb and hairy bittercress!!






new to gardening

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 19:11

Hi Nigel. Got the gardening bug about seven years ago and am still learning ????. My advice would be don't be intimidated by the thought of getting started. You can always move plants or shrubs in the wrong place. There are plenty of brilliant gardening books packed with advice and online resources like this one designed to help. Decide what colours, heights and textures you want to see and then look at Garden Centre plant recommendations, books and advice from others To see if the fit your plan.

I can thoroughly recommend any of the RHS books, especially the Gardening one. Alan Titchmarsh's books have proved an excellent resource especially 'How To Be A Gardener'. Their are plenty of Garden Planning books too for inspiration as well as local gardens! Now you've got the bug you'll be forever peering at other peoples planting schemes and coveting plants!

Good luck and enjoy the fun of creating your own little bit of Garden Magic! ????




Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 25/01/2015 at 14:43

Hi All. I have two of the Stewart 52cm heated propagators which each fit two of the large seed trays and they have been absolutely brilliant! Over the last two growing seasons they have enabled me to bring on multiple sowings of chosen seeds far quicker than I could have achieved using a non-heated propagator (which I had previously). I don't have a proper working greenhouse (yet!) so seedlings live on either on a windowsill or in a small 4-shelf, budget, outdoor 'greenhouse'. The propagators have certainly helped achieve fairly consistent results (coreopsis, echinacea, cosmos, rudbeckia etc!

David K raises an interesting point when he says '...trying to beat nature by producing stuff early is doomed to fail'. In part, I'd agree. Raising seedlings too early in the season can certainly result in failure if the outside growing conditions aren't conducive to planting on and you don't have a greenhouse or similar. However, if you are planting seeds in a heated propagator within the recommended planting times then I don't see you are trying to beat nature per se. I view it that you are simply helping to create the optimum conditions for seed germination rather than relying on opportune weather conditions and possible disappointment as a result of our crazy climate. Exactly what having a greenhouse - perhaps with a heated bench - is trying to achieve. They can certainly give us 'greenhouseless' folks the chance to create a greenhouse effect in miniature although I accept that its probably not a tool everyone is comfortable using or would want to use

Warmest wishes


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 20:20

Sounds like a hard problem to solve DK 

(getting coat...........)!



Pale yellow or lemon plants

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 21:37

Just had a ganders at some of the suggestions and I can see a few that I'll be adding to my list  for sure 

If you still need additional suggestions have a look at Coreopsis 'Moonbeam'. Pale yellow flowers from July to September, airy foliage and fully hardy (mine are just starting to shoot up). Grows to about 60cm.





Camera Corner

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 22:33



Evening all. Been following this thread very closely and loving the pictures. The astro turfed car made me smile. Brilliant! The garden pics have given me some great ideas for my own planting, so thanks for sharing everyone 

Thought I'd contribute and share a few pics taken from my own garden in the last week or so.

Have a great evening one and all.



Where are YOU?

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 21:46

Woodthorpe, Nottingham! good to see other Notts folk here too. Hi everyone 


Posted: 20/04/2014 at 13:15

Hi Lulu. Looks very similar in habit and colour to the magnolia I planted a few years ago called George Henry Kern. I've included a pic taken a couple of days ago for comparison.

I chose this one because of it's relatively compact habit and approx height of 9ft max. Of course, there are many different styles and you may have something entirely different.....just looks quite similar. Good luck narrowing it down 



Flower or Weed?

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 20:22

I'm agreeing with willowherb! It's one of the nuisance weeds that loves my garden. Must be a good seed bank in my soil as I never let it flower or go to seed and it still pops up all over the place every year!!  It's easy to hoik out the ground though!

Japanese knotweed shoots & Mower contamination ?

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 12:59

I agree with Muddy Fork. Looks like bindweed (calystegia sepium) to me too, David. A common, perennial weed that's a pain but relatively straightforward to deal with. If you do a search on the forum you'll find plenty of suggestions, tips and tricks for dealing with it! I think mowing will weaken it if you keep it up, anyway     Shame it's so prolific as the flowers are actually quite nice!!


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