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Discussion in 'Pests, Diseases and Cures' started by Black Dog, May 31, 2021.

  1. Black Dog

    Black Dog Gardener of useful things

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    Moin Moin everyone,

    Our first weekend with beautiful weather made me tackle our front garden. But after a few hours I had to give up for the day. I swear to god, since they shut down the local power plant, the dandelions are growing stronger than ever. If I didn't know better I could have sworn one was even hissing at me....
    And those in the pictures below are the small ones....

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    So what kind of weeds are keeping you busy?
     

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  2. hailbopp

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    All of them:)
     
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    • Selleri

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      You are sitting on a goldmine @Black Dog :biggrin:
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      I used to grow Dandelions in a pot when we had mostly gravelled garden and four guinea pigs. Now I have a steady supply in the back lawn that I keep strictly herbiside free for the benefit of our pets.

      The worst weeds are those that are really too pretty to destroy until it's too late and they have self- seeded. :whistle:

      My pet hate however is grass. Apparently grass loves to grow everywhere apart from the appointed lawn area. It's a devil to get out from the depths of Hydrangeas.
       
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      • Black Dog

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        True, If I had to pick one it would definitely be grass in all its variants...

        A close second would be Ivy. I grows in a never-ending stream of frost resistant green. Through the fences, below the shrubs and over the walls...
         
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        Wholeheartedly disagree :biggrin:

        Ivy is great! Near us there is a house where the front garden is covered with Ivy, totally smothering the central conifer and the walls. For decoration, they have huge rocks, also covered with the stuff. It looks absolutely magical :dbgrtmb: and certainly stands out from the regular square-lawn-and-summer-bedding lot. The owner spends hours clipping the plant into perfectness.

        Mine is a bit less clipped :redface: but is still the best plant in my garden. When it flowers it is covered with bumble bees and butterflies. One autumn something like a batch of migrating butterflies rested on it for a day.

        And you get the bonus of birds, currently we have a blackbird nesting there.

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        "Should have used a comb before leaving the nest" :heehee:

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        • hailbopp

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          I agree @Selleri I use quite of lot of Ivy in my garden to cover various hideosities. I like the large leafed Variegated Hedera Gloire Da Marengo and Goldheart. Neither are fast growers here anyway and are excellent at brightening up dull corners. We have a nest of wren chicks currently in residence utilising the cover. Yes certain Ivies are a pest but using the right variety in the right location they are extremely useful.
           
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          • Black Dog

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            Seems like your ivy is tamer than mine. We have the very common "spreading through underground root system from an abandoned patch of a neighboring garden where it grows crotch-high to the sunny side of the fence (our garden)"-variant. It is a real pain because it starts plopping up everywhere, grows under trees and bushes trying to choke them.
             
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            I'll see your taraxacum and hedera, and raise you calystegia sepium.

            :wallbanging::help:
             
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            • NigelJ

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              As well as bindweed I'd add couch grass.
               
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              • JWK

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                My main enemies: Creeping thistle, Hairy bittercress and Creeping buttercup.
                 
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                  All of the above. This year, apart from the usual border weeds contributed by FYM, there's also the 4,000m2 that used to be a lawn, full of every weed known to man. Well apart from celandine and nettles, that is. I treated the 90% of couch grass last summer and have to wait until October to prepare and sow a new lawn. Party time for the weed seeds!
                  The one that gets pulled out on sight, though, is Geranium lucidum. Sneaky thing that lies too flat to get mown. It's bright pink flowers and then red leaves give it away, though. Ha! Hahahahaha...
                   
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