Latest posts by Wayside

plant ID please

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:25

I'm an expert in growing these.

Easy to pull up.  Strange smell, that I personally like.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 11:44

Giant hogweed can play havoc for up to 7 years!  Which does make me think I had something akin to that on my fingers.  That's a good link above.  Suggests it normally is found near fresh water streams.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 11:38

I (and partner) have a reaction to brushing past our hops.  Which is a shame, because it makes a really impressive living barrier.

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Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:46


Bob – Hogweeds, both giant and normal, can cause a bad reaction. Another plant that can cause reaction is Fraxinella/Dittany – smells beautiful. Aloe Vera can calm the skin very well.


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:44

I had some blisters on my fingers for a few years.  Whenever it gets hot.  Not sure where these come from, as I had them when we didn't have a garden.  But it was suggested they could be an allergic reaction to a plant.

I know that spurge can upset your skin.

Then I heard on GTQ that Hogweed was bad, but only just searched the web and saw how bad it could be. 

So my questions are:

Is, are there any other plants I should be careful not to touch?

Is there an easy way to identify hogweed?

Mulching questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 10:37

Really fighting over the last couple of weeks to keep things watered here in the South East.

I have three new hedgerows, and have tried to mulch when and as I can.  Much of it appears to just disappear.  Even some top dressings of horse manure (I read suggestions of putting this on in subsequent years, rather than the first year, but I ignored that), just to bulk my soil up a bit.

The shadier places don't suffer so much.  I remember reading on the web, about someone that was trying to turn an old agricultural field into a garden.  And they had to introduce some nursery trees first before they could get going with the garden.

In woodlands you get lots of leaf litter and some shade.

I've loads of piles of old garden waste, that I turn and hand clip, jump on etc.  Over years this rots down.  I don't actually get that many bags of compost back in return and those bags don't go far.  On chalk it disappears quickly.

I'm thinking how I can improve matters.  Perhaps with some green manures. 

We added about three car loads of horse manure to the garden, and it's a mystery as to where that went!  Seems you can never have enough.

I have some rocks as mulch, but then I'm not sure how you go about top dressing with other matter, do you rake up the rocks, top dress and then throw back the rocks?

Life seems to be abundant in the shadier parts of the garden.

I'm interested in green manures that I can grow on a minimal amount of soil.

Last edited: 18 August 2016 10:38:55

Espalier apple and pear trees

Posted: 17/08/2016 at 14:37

Ids would help.  The pear looks decorative.

Olive Tree Help

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 16:20

I'd grab one for that price, were there many, are they flogging loads of trees?  Which Wyevale?  I'm in Sussex.  I'm on chalk, and my olive book, seems to suggest they'd be quite happy on that.

Another plant ID

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 12:57

Looks hibiscus like, but my leaf is totally different.  I'm sure I'll be corrected!

Evergreen Shrub ID Please

Posted: 16/08/2016 at 12:54

I've read that it's lower growing than regular laurel.  And I assume it can't generate as much energy being the variegated form.  I'm going to hack out some old growth, give it a root trim and a pot and soil upgrade, and actually water it.  I've never bothered in the past, so it must be pretty drought tolerant.

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