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Purple cranesbill is taking over the garden!

Posted: 02/07/2017 at 09:40

I have never had a cranesbill I couldn't dig out - although some of them are a bit thuggish with tougher root systems....

If you really can't get it out you could try using the Round Up gel which tends to be marketed towards spot treating large leaves in the lawn. This allows for controlled application of weedkiller just to the foliage of the plants you want to remove.

Apply fairly liberally to the leaves making sure that none can contact plants you want to keep.

Leave for 4 weeks and then reapply if the plant isn't dead.

If applied carefully Round Up gel will only kill the plants you want to remove and will have no untoward effect on the soil etc

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 20:55

He's doing ok thanks Chicky - just have to be around to administer meds etc

Ultimate Alphabet 'Z'

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 20:44

PP - I thought twice about it!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 18:37

Thanks for the reassurance about smell Chicky. A quick Google seems to suggest they only start to smell if you have somebody in to kill the wasps and the wasps and larvae rot in the nest

It will be impossible to remove the nest so I'll live and let live. If necessary I'll stick a sign up redirecting people to the back door. 

I only finished planting out bedding (nicotiana and cerinthe) this afternoon - so I'm a bit behind too. Hopefully a bit of colour & scent later in the season.

I soooo wish I was going to Hampton Court this week - it's my favourite show. Unfortunately long days out are a bit difficult at the moment...

Ultimate Alphabet 'Z'

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 18:30

"Z" - in morse code


Zeta (I think - on the card hanging off the tower thingy)




Resurrected Seventeen

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 17:09

Busy day today applying fungicide to house render (it goes green with algae because of all the trees) and cleaning gutters, brushing off cobwebs etc etc. Tomorrow we have to brush off the dried solution then (hopefully) that's that job jobbed for a couple of years.

Ruby - sorry to hear about OH's health issues. As with Hazel and her daughter - it must be very worrying and frightening when it happens. I imagine it's not something you ever get used to.

Joyce - not much I can say except to send you and your family my very best wishes. Hope your OH is awake while your daughter is there

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 17:03

We always like to see garden photos Hosta 

I have a couple of nursery beds - they are incredibly useful when you're 'making' a garden. Now that I've stopped digging out new borders (for a season or two at least) it will be good to use them for cut flowers and herbs instead.

Congratulations on the sofas Clari!

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 16:46

For those that asked - yes we do have a back door - but it's a bit hidden & no one uses it except me to get to the bins and the cat to use the cat flap. Our front door is very much at the front of the property.

At the moment the wasps are at the side of the porch & not actually hanging around the front door itself. I'd prefer it if they weren't there but, for now, they don't look as though they will sting anybody. They didn't even attack me when I was busy brushing cobwebs from around the area where they seem to be getting in. Yesterday I didn't know they were there - now I do.

I'll leave them be for now. If they become a nuisance I'll deal with the problem. I was unsure whether an occupied or a deserted nest might eventually start to smell which would drive me nuts if I couldn't get in to remove the source. Does anybody know if that might happen?

Wotcha gonna grow in your allotments Hosta?

Last edited: 01 July 2017 16:47:25

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 14:58
Dovefromabove says:

...Hello Topbird ... go you steady on that ladder! 

Last edited: 01 July 2017 09:30:25

See original post

 I don't 'do' ladders more than 4 steps high Dove. Fortunately I have an OH who seems not to mind scaling the heights. I did the bottom half

Solution applied - need to leave it 24hrs before brushing off.

We've also done lots of de-cobwebbing and washed the gutters, drainpipes and outside lights. The cobwebs seem to catch all the beech and birch seeds so they are very obvious at certain times of the year. House looks a bit better already

From all the wasps that were buzzing round my head, I deduce there may be some nest building going on in the small roof space / eaves of the porch. It's a space with no access unless you remove the tiles and expose the rafters. Unless they start becoming a pest around the front door I'm minded to leave the wasps to do their own thing.

Would be grateful if anyone can suggest a reason why this is not a good idea.

Last edited: 01 July 2017 15:00:22

Hello Forkers ... July Edition

Posted: 01/07/2017 at 09:23


Nice sunny day here. Boring job to do.

Our house has a cream render but the proximity of many large trees means green algae grows in certain spots on the render - makes it look very grubby. Was last treated with special fungicidal cleaner about 4 years ago - and now it's time to do it again. Horrible job. Hopefully decorator will do it next time when the house gets painted again in 2019.

After that I might finally get around to planting some nicotiana which have well outgrown their seed trays. Was waiting for damp soil to plant them in - finally had some decent rain on Thursday.

Enjoy your Saturday everyone - hope all poorly peeps feel better soon

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