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Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 14:56

Hyacinths are rather ugly, I will agree.

I think the crux of the matter for me, is not the actual plant but how its used.

I cannot stand all bedding arrangements although bedding has its place and those of older generation took much pride in landingstrips of brightly coloured non-hardy vegetation.

My pet hate is gaps, as was the requirement in the 50s and 60s when showing off single specimens was the done thing whilst I'm also too much the control freak to let things run loose and flop everywhere in an unsightly manner. No no no.

I like lush but controlled. I like shape and form, foliage and texture over colour and perhaps find plant combinations most difficult when having to consider flowering colours and seasons. I mean, my sofa only has to match the wallpaper and it stays the same colour and doesn't grow or need any pruning or maintenance and will never die on me just because we had a wet winter!!

I need a lie down now.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 13:18

@powwow, love the ladder idea!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 12:27

@BobTheGardener, what a hive of activity!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 10:43

@Zoomer44, lol

Weather here in Kent is rainy. It's that light spray kind but the garden looks like it got a right downpour through the night as some of my buckets have puddles. Good for the garden!


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 10:35

My favourite way to eat stir-fry chicken is with crushed coriander seeds of which I mix in lashings with only a tiny pinch of salt and pepper.

I can't get enough of coriander and grow it every year in my garden for the salad leaf, the beautiful flowers and that scent which I adore and they will keep going all the while you deadhead it



Posted: 03/06/2012 at 09:52

I've spent years lobbing mine over the fence in the hope that a bird or passing car will dispatch said critter and I can avoid the guilt trip but this year I not only read that they make their way home but also realised that it is only man that has a conscience and that nature encourages survival of the fittest so, I stamp on snails and guillotine slugs sans guilt (knowing that a grumpy tiger or bear would not think twice to do it to me) and at least I am not prolonging their suffering with poisons or salt etc.

Fast and guiltless survival of the fittest just as nature dictates.

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 09:39

Yes! Thankyou gardenfantic, I've been wracking my brain over what plants I actually hate...busy lizzies for sure....I think......maybe...if they are the really gaudy kind, yes those gaudy type.

give and you will receive

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 09:36

Well you are lucky to have family and friends who respond to your kindness!

I've been trying to give cuttings and seeds away for a couple of years now and the smiling recipients either takes the thrusting flowerpot with polite bemusement or promises to get back to me with requests that never turn up!

It's not like I grow ugly plants!

I've even thought of having a plant sale but I can't trust to leave a money box laying around whilst a boot-fair is no good since I don't drive and the last resort would be a plant swap in my area except I'm too shy to knock on doors.

Good luck with your generosity!

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 19:52

Dito to the poppy and Berghill's garden is flipping fantastic and huge! You'd lose me for weeks at a time tending to the plants. Oh the joys!

Talkback: Most hated plants

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 18:23

I've been wondering all day what plant I hate...still can't think of one...

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