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stoopid question time

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 10:55
PeterE17 wrote (see)

stoopid answer time ... many rose thorns  have an oval base so the thorn looks like it is 'floating' on the stem and will break away easily. Bramble thorns are more integrated into the stem. Rose stems are round mostly, some bramble stems are squarish with flat or even concave sides.

Brambles and roses have different growth habits and patterns, but I would imagine that won't help you at the moment.

Then there are the leaves, which are utterly different. The ol' net has some pictures no doubt


Thanks for the info re stems and thorns. Re leaves looking utterly different, you mean like this?


 Not that different really? (not surprising seeing as they're part of the same family...)

Just worried about throwing the baby out with the bathwater when clearing thorny areas.

Also found this on a website : Bramble can also be confused with rose (Rosa spp.), which like bramble has five petals, compound leaves, and thorns, but bramble lacks the distinctive stipules at the base of the rose leaf. " so am now on the lookout for stipules

Fidgetbones, the moving emoticons are from - just cliock on the one you like then copy and paste the text from the box at the bottom of the page

stoopid question time

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 21:04

Bearing in mind my recent discovery of a gooseberry poking out of a corner of brambly stuff, very close to my also-recent discovery of a tayberry amongst brambly stuff. And also bearing in mind that there seem to be various roses (inc climbing and rambling) scattered around. If a spiky stem has neither forming blackberries nor flowers on it, exactly how does one tell if a spiky stem is a bramble or a rose?

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 15:56

The video accompanying text says she did put the frog somewhere safe Sounded sorta like an old-fashioned kettle coming to the boil

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 10:34

Tracey, probably one of the cats brought it in - ours used to in the old house (they haven't been outside in this garden yet). I'd know if there was a frog in the house if I  came in the front door and found all 4 cats crouched around something in the hall (e.g. a box), staring intently at it with a mixture of curiosity and distaste. Inevitably, when I moved the box I found a frog hiding behind it. I think they can't resist the movement, but then spit it out cos it tastes nasty . Daisy Doglet has alerted me to the presence of our pond froggie hiding behind flowerpots in our new garden in a similar way .

Sorry to hear about your losses owing to Red Leg, jatnikapyar . Hopefully the ones which make it will be resistant and breed to produce stronger offspring

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 16:47

Love the sage/oxalis combo (but then as I said, I do have a "thing" for purple and silver foliage )

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 00:34

Look! Look! Went out this evening and he (or maybe another one, seemed smaller) was sat on a lily pad - how cute is that



Frog sighting :)

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 19:07

Our pond is only about 30cm deep so definitely no fishes, but newts and frogs and toads will do me fine (even though the cats would like to have a fishpond all of their very own....). Years of growth would fill it up so I'll need to keep an eye on sludge levels and keep on top of leaves etc. I really want to see our newt again - hope it's OK.....

Frog sighting :)

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 17:46

I've seen a newt in our pond (well actually I scooped it out with a handful of gunk from the bottom when I was checking the depth of our pond after we moved in) but not seen it since then (of course I put him straight back in after squeaking with excitement and showing thecatsfather!). I've seen a toad in the wood pile by the shed, and I've seen a handsome frog behind my containers in a shady corner about 15ft from the pond:


 But today I saw froggie actually in the pond  - this was very exciting


 After I took the photo I touched the leaves and he swam away looking really cute

I'm thrilled with our pond


suggestions for sloping section

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:59

Hi all - our new garden has steps up to a lawned area. Alongside the steps is an area of terracing which I have already "made my own" with my containers, and also some planting in the top bed (the one with the ladies mantle and cat statue in it), small perennials but will grow and some are trailing so will come down over the log roll. But I find the grassy slope above it quite boring (this is my view from the kitchen window/back door) and it's hard to mow too. At the top of the slope is an apple tree (on the left) and a pear tree (on the right - in the middle of the lawn but its branches reach to the top of the slope) . Alongside on the right is a cotoneaster.


Ideas/suggestions for what to do with the slope area to make it more interesting? It faces East and this photo is taken from the back door, but as it's higher up it's not too much in the shadow of the house in the mornings. Also the left (South) aspect is reasonably open (currently overgrown shrubs but will be cut back to approx 6 ft high, and only the neighbour's (lower) garden beyond, so will get sun across it sideways on too. So partial shade, and very sheltered (prevailing SW wind).

Ideas gratefully received!


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/07/2013 at 20:42

Love the colour you've packed into the front garden - it looks great!


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Where's Froggy? 4 frogs, can you spot them all?

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