Latest posts by Wayside

Horticultural grit

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 14:14

Not sure the definition of grit, but if the small stones are dis-solvable  - like chalk - then I guess you could have a problem.

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 14:46

Asking as some seeds fell on my head, and I thought I might have a go at sprouting them. 

The tall three look like they've outgrown the space, it's hard to see the tops.

Last edited: 12 July 2017 14:47:58

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 14:43

Yes seems not many people photograph them because they are so tall.

Perhaps this is a better shot:


Last edited: 12 July 2017 14:46:13

Gooseberry Bush Being Eaten Alive

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 11:02

I thought I'd avoided them this year, then out of nowhere they were stripped bare.  Poor plants.

Uprights at Abbotsbury

Posted: 12/07/2017 at 10:59

Visited Abbotsbury subtropical gardens.

Still digesting the place.

There's a thin garden next to the colonial tearooms.  Can someone ID these tall specimens for me:


Maps and guides were a bit lacking there.  Certainly an interesting location.

Shed questions

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:58

Nice doghouse, Riley.

Compost heaps and rats

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 20:56

I love all animals, but if there is one animal I'd love to rid the garden of, it would be cats.  They just decimate the wildlife.  I'm really fed up with it now, and am trying to think of ways to cat proof some wildlife areas.

I'd be tempted to have raised the rat babies.  Though they say fancy rats have been bred to sieve out aggressive traits.  Terrible quandary...

Invasive plant on lawn - identification and advice please!

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:42

You can eat the young leaves.  But do so before you use any weed killer.  I've just dug out a load, as it was very close to an apple, and I feared using a chemical that might hurt the apple.  Already I can see signs that it's desperate to make a come back.  I did figure that if you get a taste for it, you'll probably turn the tables, and after a while there won't be enough.

Last edited: 22 June 2017 23:47:56


Posted: 22/06/2017 at 23:38

I must learn how to sharpen my tools.  I've an old (ancient) and new pair of hedge shears.  The old ones come apart, and I've had a little joy sharpening them.  And they are a great to use.  All the modern entry level tools I have, have been complete and utter garbage.  The £5 Lidl tools look superficially as good as other £20 nasties.  And my loppers and secateurs blunt pretty quickly.

Last edited: 22 June 2017 23:38:56

Cut back leylandi hedge

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 17:43

A bamboo screen will shade out regrowth, and it will likely look the worse for it.

Privet may be a little common, but it really is great stuff.  But if you really don't like, I'd swap it out for another evergreen.  At least privet is semi-evergreen, and gives privacy.

Privet will take quite a beating, so fastening something to it won't be a death knell.

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