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Plant ID please

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 12:31

Thank you both

Gold star Dove - it has got a groove along the upper face of the stem and a quick Google has confirmed it is Common Hogweed.

I think I'll leave it for now - I love cow parsley, ammi, most of the umbellifers. This is a woodland border which I intend to leave a bit on the wild side with native flowers and this particular bit of it is in the rain shadow of 2 very mature trees. It's a small 2m x 2m area where it's quite difficult  to establish anything except bulbs and ground cover like lamium - so anything which will bring some mid height is very welcome. 

I'll probably remove most of the seed heads (don't want it everywhere) but a little self seeding won't be a bad thing. Thanks for the heads up about skin irritation Lyn - I'll treat it with due respect

Plant ID please

Posted: 18/05/2017 at 11:36

Hello all you clever folks

Can anybody ID this plant which is growing through the leaves of hyacinth bulbs in my woodland border please?

There are currently 2 stems growing at 180 degrees to each other (only one in photo). Each stem is approx 14" long at the moment and the central rib has some dark reddish / brown colouration at the base and is a bit hairy. Each individual leaf is approx 4" long and 6"wide at the widest point.

I've also seen it growing along local footpaths.

If it is of ornamental or wildlife use (or won't become a nuisance) it can stay. If it needs to go I can dig it out now the ground has been softened by heavy rain.

Thank you.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 16/05/2017 at 08:36


Good luck Clari & hope the ailments heal soon Dove, Wonky and Pat.

We had a bit of light rain yesterday but it just washed a bit of dust off the leaves - didn't touch the soil which is still bone dry.

Going to be mid 20's and humid this afternoon so need to do any heavy jobs this morning. OH wants to go out for lunch so best get a wriggle on.

Blitzing a garden rant

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 13:18

I'm feeling quite virtuous about the scruffy corners in my garden just now

Scented annuals please

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:58

Nicotiana have a delicious scent. They can grow quite tall but this year I'm growing a  slightly dwarf strain. Can't wait to see if it's as good as it's big brother.

Also love the spicy smell of stocks.

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 21:08

A minute on the lips - an inch on the hips

They're nice tho' ....Could right fancy one

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 20:57

Thanks for the heads up Fairy - I'll set the recorder.

Hope you enjoyed your Snickers

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:32

Deep fried pizza followed by deep fried Snickers for pud

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 18:29

I'm in mid-Suffolk aka the East Anglian desert

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:30

Just enough rain to settle the dust here. The soil is dry to at least 8" down in areas where it's not been watered. We've not had any significant, sustained rain since November and we had a very dry 3 months prior to that. 

Getting a bit desperate now

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