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Posted: 10/02/2015 at 21:03

Looks like Osmanthus there Panda. ,can't see the label properly or enlarge picture but it's looks like no myrtle I know.

Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 20:56

No, raised beds don't future proof anything.  Unless your beds are going to be 3' high???   They create problems too with slugs n snails....try it for yourself.  

I "define" my veg patch with a lavendar hedge, a mixed shrub planting and a runner bean framework in summer...currently this framework has wallflowers growing there.

raised beds look awful very often.  Unless built aesthetically they look overly formal and contrived.

raised beds pose as many problems as anything else.  Save your money for,manure,,compost and slug nematodes 

you will not know the condition of soil imported either or the weeds ...jap knotweed can be imported.  I've become very aware lately of importing bugs, weeds and other  issues with bought in soil or compost 

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:22

Well done Mark.  Don't plant it in same spot as the old fellow will you? 

Sometimes we need to accept plants die and be replaced asap.


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:19

Nice plants Yviestevie.  Enjoy planting them 

wishing you well Edd.  The depths can often make us stronger...!  

My man flu, as already said, is a very serious condition.  It hasn't put me off eating so I guess I'm surviving .  (Hate sayng this but I think women DO have a higher pain threshold than men.  It seems my niece had this bug last week and coped really well? Clearly she gave it to me though )

had to sort an issue with local branch of bank today.  Can't phone direct.  Can't see someone there and then.  I have sympathy with bank staff ...I even confronted a bad tempered customer when he was rude to a young cashier last week....but often the management can be, er, robotic and unthinking at times.  Or just plain unhelpful ? 


Cheaper alternative to raised bed

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 18:07

Jason, do you have a soil drainage issue?  Heavy soil?  

It seems to be the thing these days to have raised beds and so often I've seen them incorporated in areas where drainage is not remotely an issue.  The hype is you will have larger, tastier veg on a raised bed.  However, if you already have well drained soil you are simply going to have beds that will not hold onto moisture during the summer.  I am not a fan of raised beds unless in areas where flooding is a problem

a friend...a gullible convinced raised beds will produce better crops.  I tend her veg patch, know her soil and know her.  Her soil is absolutely suitable as it is.  She is "the grass is greener on the other side" type.  I refuse to support her on this.

I'm aware my views will be in the minority


Pampas grass

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 12:06

You said it keyser.... A bonsai.  The bigger version is a thug 

Astilbe Chinensis 'Purpurkerze'

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 11:58

The whole stem down to the base 

new flowers will come from the base in spring

Pampas grass

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 07:13

Agree with Ryan...nice to see you back again Ryan.

Daryl you will be able to remove pampas grass and I think you should get it out and plant sone thing you really want there

pampas simply grows and grows no matter how you "prune" it 


Posted: 10/02/2015 at 07:10

Sounds like you've tested yourself Edd. Sounds too like a place I've been....emotionally anyway.

think I understand your post.  Good luck 

still full of cold, soreness and, ok, man flu.  Worst thing is it's affecting my appetite . Not so cold but cloudy today.


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:59

Denise if you have the more common varieties ....check under the papery old,flower heads and look for a pair of buds.  Remove flower heads to these buds.  You can also remove the odd old stem to the ground.

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Not more photos.....

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Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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