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Weed or plant

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 15:53

No plant is necessarily a weed, just a plant in the wrong place,as bluebells, muscari and foxgloves can all be called weeds by some people though I think this  could be colts foot which spreads by seed and underground  runners and is difficult to remove. I suggest you remove some to see how easy its is. If it flowers it will look like a yellow daisy and set seed easily, so don't let it if you decide to keep it 

Please recommend a flowering plant

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 15:35

In my garden where there are bluebells I have added snowdrops as they are well before the bluebells, narcissus and hyacinths as these are again before them, large evergreen ferns to provide interest all year around, native foxgloves digitalis purpurea to flower just after the bluebells (I grew from seed) and I have just added japanese anemones for late summer. I also have included some shrubs and pieris would work well for you on acidic soil. I have also used large heuchera which seem to be doing ok as well though I do not have any Allium triquetrum and you may need to remove some of this before planting any digitalis or heuchera. Never add plug plants as they will soon be consumed by the plants you have mentioned. You should also be able to grow small azaleas and rhododendrons which will complement the bluebells and come in lots of different colours. Check on their finishing size as some can grow huge whereas other will nit grow bigger than a couple of feet.


Posted: 10/08/2014 at 12:05

Thanks all I will try though there are hundreds of them. I think I will have to tackle one area at a time and just keep pulling any flower heads off the other areas so they cannot seed.


Posted: 08/08/2014 at 17:33

I used to have an area of about 50m square with paths through it which were full of ragged robin, cow parsley and buttercup but the last few years it has only come up with docks and lots of them. I sprayed the are off with roundup and once everything had died down replanted it in the spring with astilbe, troilius and iris etc but in amongst them is a huge number of docks and course grass so much so that I can barely see the plants I put in. I assume that I will have to dig everything out if I can find them. Does anyone have any suggestions as I am on heavy clay which is at the moment solid so not a hope of digging them all out and anyway the area is huge.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:22

As my clumps are large and I will be splitting them, I am going to cut back half of each plant and see what happens, that way I will still get the brown ones with frost.

Weed or not!?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:43

Don't just try to dig out the roots as they easily break and you end up with more and the roots can go down a very long way.

tomatoes with blind trusses

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:41

Probably yes as tomatoes don't like extremes at either end of the temperature scale.


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:32

Thanks for all your comments. I was just wondering as Monty said deadhead Buddleia for more flowers on Gardeners World on Friday which I have never done before so went straight out Saturday and deadheaded mine. Then wandered around the garden to see what else I could cut back that I never had before that would re-flower, and noticed the Astible and Ligularia Przewalskii, and though I normally leave both for winter interest as I love the frost on them wondered if I could get a second lot of flowers first.

Identifying a plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:18

It might also be sedge.

Curing my hedge? - Dying in parts

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 22:11

The privet hedge that I have, had to have one part taken out as I wanted the down pipe from the house fed into the well as it has a pump in this well to top up my pond. The privet hedge that was taken out was put in the pond to make sure it had enough water whilst trench was dug from down pipe to well and then it was replanted. The back of it was brown and did not change due  to the cherry tree behind it casting full shade. Despite pruning it is only just beginning to recover after two years.

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