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What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:34

KEF,, I checked again for curiosity sake.  Seems they have separated annual types from perennial types but the name has been applied both as datura and brugsmania.  It's not the end of the world and no real need to be too technical. For me, they are the same plant.  For me, the treatment would be the same whatever technical changes have been  made.  I would certainly recognise datura and a plant sold as brugsmania as looking the same 

However, garden debate is great.  Being right  or wrong personally is not important 

A picture too would help and what does the label say tansmum?  We will advise accurately when the label is revealed

What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:14

Just dId a check blairs.  Change of name but same plant. 

I grew it for a while, as said, but not a plant that suited me.  Daves garden does often get things  wrong I found.  

I wouldn't be offended if I was wrong.....I'm often corrected.  

New allotment overwintering

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 20:07

I'm against covering the ground with anything non organic.  Don't  like it.  Think it deprives the soil of life

I would...and do...cover with manure, compost etc.  I do it now.  Your pelleted chicken manure is a bit's more of a fertiliser really.  Agree with bob use that in spring.  

Black plastic does work though and if it's what you want to do it will keep weeds, ESP annual ones, in check.  And its cheap and easy

Wildlife gardening...hopes for the future

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:59

Jim. Agree with a few things.  Auntie E sounds lovely doesn't she?  Too young to be my auntie as I'm a decade younger.    Still an oldie tho!  There you are girls you got my age.  But I'm like Peter pan I'm told so I'm very young indeed.

Those Spanish bluebells, yes they are a awful and the wild primroses as cultivated plants now .....are far superior to those pretty polyanthus .  I do though have a pond, albeit a small one. 

However, I do like my plantsman's garden.....simply a garden with collected plants....even those that are sterile (maybe because they are sterile and dont seed everywhere and flower forever) 

 I need to find a bit more of a compromise though.  Don't want nettles or a "left to be wild " bit.  I get lots of bees, butterflies etc on my agastaches and the like.  I don't really spray too much, use slug pellets very sparingly and, in the growing season not at all, and don't use artificial fertilisers. 

So, I'm getting there.  Ahead of most but behind some! 


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 19:42

Lily, euonymous, acers ....if not too exposed.  Some of the green varieties colour up magnificently in autumn.  What about the Chinese sorbus.....can't recall the name at mo...?  Brilliant autumn colours and tough. not too hot on trees though.

I know what you mean about the sumach tree.  My neighbour's glows like an orange fireball, as does his other suckered shrub and......

Just returned with my dog from his walk on the's eerily magical out there. Ran up the steep bank....prob 400 top to see the sea, lighthouse and st Ives bay coast. my young sister's ashes are there so even in the dark its a solacing place fo be.   Puffed now.  Well, puffed when I got to,the top anyway 

It's been dry, some sunshine, windy and warm.  Got a collapsible bin full of cut down plant material and one border  is now almost fully planted, tidied and considered.  Managed to get another hellebore own .pink seedling that is delightful and too.  Should flower well in early spring.

Quite concerned about the winds forecast on Sunday night .  Cornwall is supposed to get the full force of it around midnight.  Just sense something a bit different coming!  


What to do with a Datura

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:31

Same plant, yes.  It grew huge for me in the garden and overwintered outside too.  It is toxic and big so I got rid of it.   White fly was a big issue too as well as other bugs.    Overwinter as KEF said But beware is poisonous.  Young children?  


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:26

I warned a neighbour about stag horn sumach few years ago.  "oh, it will book.  I like it" he said.  It's now spread to another equally large shrub several metres away.  He still "loves it".  When a third shrub appears he may change his mind.  Just don't plant this unruly but beautiful thug


Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:20


What is the soil/whatever like below that half spade depth?  Is it hardcore, cement,stone?  Can it be broken up at all? If so, I would look to compost or manure to trench in rather than top soil

Whatever ??ou do it will be physical.  Dont give yourself a deadline.  Do,it at your own will get done. sounds like an exciting project though

Camera Corner

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 18:01

I thimk the imagination of the photographer prob determines how good the picture is.  For me, framing is important ..viz.  to get everything you want in the picture. Im sure attending a short course will give me greater insight.  

Remembrance Sunday

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 17:53

We naturally consider everyone no longer with us I think.  Most of us have a natural empathy that is ESP focused at  this time.  

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