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Posted: 05/12/2013 at 15:28

Hi all

I haven't been well so the bracken has taken a back seat, so to speak. Nothing more has happened about it and of course now it's hard to see where it's been as I did pull up each frond as soon as I saw it.

It's not an option to move lawn or borders but next spring I will try the idea of the plastic bottle - provided there aren't too many coming through! I don't like the idea of glyphosate but I think that next season I will definitely have to do that, or it's just going to spread and I can't dig up the whole garden - it's too big as it is! I will start saving plastic bottles ready for action. Not sure how you get rid of rye grass - that isn' t the same as couch grass, is it?

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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 21:06

OMG blairs - what a story! Where was your parents' house then? It sounds amazing!

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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 20:03

No, not married to anyone's ex as far as I know, Dovefromabove!

Your pots were on the front porch, you say... but were they inside saucers or straight on the ground?

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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:44

Patsy: Its Latin name is:

Erigeron Karvinskianus

and I've seen it in many National Trust gardens in the summer and autumn - it seems to seed itself readily in the least likely places and looks beautiful.

Thanks for all the replies. Verdun - you suggest using them like any other container and putting crocks or gravel at the bottom, but would you put the whole thing in a border first or in a saucer? Otherwise the contents would spill out of the bottom if you move it. 

I also like the temporary/seasonal planting ideas from Dovefromabove - I wish I was that organised though! 

One of the pots isnt straight at the bottom too - bits seem to have broken off leaving a jagged irregular bottom to it so I will have to bury it a few inches into the soil in a border as it wouldn't support itself otherwise. Can't see a way of levelling the bottom edge easily.





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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:06

Thanks, Patsy. So are the  chimney pots on soil or concrete, and are you filling them with compost or just using a potted plant in them? I guess that if bulbs are planted we'd have to fill them with compost so we could plant the bulbs deeply enough?

I have one of those Mexican daisy plants which looks very pretty and frothy  and I think that might work well planted into it.

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Posted: 24/11/2013 at 17:43

So I have a couple of old terracotta type chimney pots - one over a couple of feet tall, the other 6 inches or so shorter. I'm not sure how to plant them up. Someone said to put a planted flower pot in the top, but surely that would dry out too soon? I want something a bit more permanent. Should I fill them with compost all the way up, in situ in a border, or inside a terracotta saucer on the patio? I like the idea of growing bulbs in them, and/or maybe a clematis. Any ideas?


Posted: 08/07/2013 at 00:00

Emma - cotton buds??? Really? That would take me well into the next century....and I'm 60 in August 


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:58

Thanks, Jennifer. I deam of  torching Neighbour's garden in the dead of night so the bracken problem might be solved at a stroke. Plus we might get some nice new neighbours afterwards.....

In case anyone from Special Branch is reading this, that was a JOKE. The torching is in my imagination ONLY. *sigh* but I fear they are not to be reasoned with.It's taken over 10 years for them to get round to having a horrible conifer removed which was draining our garden of light and moisture, and theirs too. A monster of a tree. They still have another they won't remove because it hides a hideous mess of invasive perennial weeds and detritus. Makes our garden look like Sissinghurst.....and I am no Vita Sackville-West!

I will try the tickling of the bracken with glyphosate, but it might well take me a while to pluck up courage to make a start. I don't want to affect any wildlife so that will take a lot of thinking about. Points taken about the rubber gloves - will take appropriate Elfin Safety precautions. Thank you!







Posted: 07/07/2013 at 19:43

GRRRRR. MILES of bracken under my soil? There was no emoticon for 'totally aghast face'! I hate the stuff. It's also in my neighbour's garden and that is a bit of a mess - they aren't interested in gardening so bracken and bramble is running riot and invading our garden. Can anyone recommend a product then that contains glyphosate that I can smear on the b******s and try bagging them to kill them off? Spray would affect neighbouring plants so i don't want to  use that.


Posted: 07/07/2013 at 17:07

Thanks for the replies. It's going to be very tricky dealing with it as it's popping up in the midst of established clumps of plants, so I'd have to smear glyphosate onto each bracken stem and cover that with a plastic bag. Would that work? I've just been pulling them up when I find them up till now. Does pulling them up weaken them eventually or not?

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