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any ideas??!!

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:47
nutcutlet wrote (see)

Have another goat posting the pic


Looks like JcBlue found that other goat. Perhaps it will eat the Dracunculus.

Leaving tulips in the ground

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:44

I have just been reading Sarah Raven's guide to growing tulips.

Her recommendation is to plant deeply, and by deeply we are looking at a 12" hole with 2" of gravel for drainage and a bit of bonemeal. This is done October/November and then, after flowering, the old leaves are cleared away and the patch mulched.

She claims that there is no advantage to lifting tulips and that shallow planting encourages the bulbs to try to divide and thus weaken themselves.



Overgrown rockery

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:33

If you lift those plants that you wish to save, you will need to check very carefully that you are not transplanting pieces of celandine with them.  Wash the roots and grow them in pots with clean compost.

You don't want to be spreading celandines around your garden.

Too many raspberries

Posted: 08/05/2013 at 19:05

In years gone by, professional growers would spray between their raspberry rows with paraquat ( now banned ) as it was a contact weedkiller and would kill off the errant shoots without damaging the wanted canes. whether anything similar is still available I do not know.

Personally I find the shallow rooted new plants are quite easy to pull up as and when, and can then be shredded or replanted somewhere else.


Poorly Aucuba

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:54

I don't think that this blackening is always an infection. I remember something on the RHS site that waterlogging in cold winters can cause this.

Cut out the blackened affected shoots and give it a feed, fingers crossed.

Weeds ID

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 23:45

The second photo appears to show the older darker leaves being as photo one and the newer later foliage being lighter in colour and starting to become lobed, both images show the double serration along the leaf margins indicating the same plant.


bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 18:04

Bee flies 'bombyliidae' often seen around primroses in early spring. several different species occur and are generally identified by the wing patterns, veination. The most commonly seen is Bombylius major.

primroses are adapted to be cross-pollinated by bee flies, with both pin eyed and thrum eyed types of flower held on seperate plants. I implore people to look closely at their primroses and see the differences from plant to plant in the arrangement of stigma and anthers.



Weeds ID

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 17:42

Looks rather like a parsnip, is it a wild parsnip ? I don't know how common this is.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:53

Have tried to keep out of the garden today so as not to tinker anymore until the plants have had a chance to settle down since the last time I tinkered.

So I restricted my urges to a little gentle weeding, thinning, planting out and potting up a new Hosta 'Big Mama'.

I am now trying to work out wether my 'sunny border' at the foot of a south facing wall is in fact sunnier (as it gets afternoon shade from the house) than my woodland shade garden that is now getting a serious scorching from the afternoon sun.

Gardeners World

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 18:45

Given that the gardening is now repeated on sundays, the Beeb could have made the programme as normal and then just shown the repeat, (always assuming that you can have a repeat of a programme that wasn't actually shown) 

I suspect the reason that Gardeners' world is off air during the snooker, is that the BBC have only a limited number of camaramen/women who are skilled in filming a rectangle of closely mown green while the experts wander around doing a bit of potting.

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cuttings from wallflowers

Does anyone have experience of taking cuttings from ordinary wallflowers? 
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