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Invasive plants

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 17:39

Hmmmmm?   Prickly shrub wants to eradicate it folks 

hey!  Why not grow mint in your garden too...lovely on lamb?  

Talkback: Monty Don

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 16:12

Hiya Jane

wrong thread really but who cares?  

Cut lavatera back hard now and remove every leaf from the soil.  Mulch with compost to create a clean surface 

Weeds in lawn

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 16:09

Trouble is speedwell will spread and spread and spread and spread . A lawn of daisies and speedwell sounds enchanting, doesn't it?  eventually it just gets messy and, yes, weedy 

a nice green weed free lawn for me....soft to sit on and enjoy 

North facing drive plant ideas and Skimmia questions

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 16:04

Xyz, if your soil is alkaline I would not grow skimmias.  They don't need acid soil, a neutral soil is fine.  My own soil is neutral and skimmias do well for me.  You will be forever trying to acidify your soil and spraying with sequestered iron etc.  Best grow something that will thrive without too much tending.  No matter how much ericaceous soil you add lime will creep in.

hydrangeas will do well there....ok, not evergreen but have structure for mosf of it. In shade white hydrangeas are superb.   Sarcoccoca will grow there....evergreen, tough and scented flowers for at least 8 weeks from late winter.  Winter honeysuckle....Winter evergreen and has same winter scented flowers.  Daphnes too would grow there.    White arum lilies too would do well there as will ferns 



Anyone ever ordered from Bakker Spalding?

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 15:51

Several years ago, no naive, to gardening...I ordered from Bakkers (then not affiliated to Spalding).  The descriotions of the plants...."rolling carpets of the brightest blue" and all sorts of tantalising names.  The pictures,,of course, were fantastic...never ever seen colours like it.  I ordered a few plants and they were not good.  Thus, my one and only experience of Bakkers 

cannot comment on the Company now but prob great for bulbs and not so good for plants. 

Sophie, I imagine you will receive small bare roots or tiny plugs....let us know please 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 12:19

The bombing in Belgium is cowardly .......civilians are easy innocent targets.  It is, however, the way things will be from now on and in the UK too.  Terrorists are already here prepared and ready to go

a warmish cloudy morning....beetroot, spring onions and carrots sown and fleeced, blueberries,,rhodos, azaleas, camelias and (magnesium deficient) lupins sprayed with epsom salts. 


Camellias behaving very differently - one turning yellow

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 12:11

Ah!  flosmos.  It is the concrete base that is the culprit   Lime from the concrete.  Best move it asap 

Autumn flowering tall yellow daisies

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 12:09

I think Goldsturm is the best rudbeckia.  It spreads slowly but not invasive 

Invasive plants

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 12:07

Glyphosate will kill wild garlic.  If too close to plants you will have to dig them or "paint" with glyohosare gel.  I have cleared wild garlic a few times the latest in a lavendar hedge.  

Weeds in lawn

Posted: 22/03/2016 at 12:04

Lucid use a spot lawn weedkiller or a combined weed and feed.  Digging out weeds leaves ugly bare spots.......

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