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Sue West's forum posts

Total number of forum posts: 21


Re: Re: triffid updated

from Sue West

Thanks Carol, It is absolutely huge, I'm only just over five foot and feel quite intimidated by its size.

  • Posted: Sat. 21st July 2012 20:53

triffid updated

from Sue West

Hi, I posted a picture of a rather large plant that had appeared in my Mums garden a while back. Unfortinately, no-one could identify it. I did say at the time that it looked like it was going to flower or grow even taller than its four foot. Well, much to everyones suprise, it did both! I have enclosed new pictures. It now stands at about six foot tall, with about around five flower spikes and tiny yellow flowers. Its leaves are covered in fine hair and the largest are over a foot in lengh. We remember this being in the same spot last year and possibly the year before, but it is the only one of its kind in the garden and is situated in an awkward place so we dont think my late Father planted it there. Any ideas?

  • Posted: Sat. 21st July 2012 19:59
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Butterfly

from Sue West

Can anyone identify this little butterfly we saw in the garden. It was about half the size of a typical butterfly and vivid red. Had to take the picture quickly as it would not sit still!

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 19:10
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Not a buttercup

from Sue West

These small flowers/clovers have been growing in the patch of weeds and grass that we laughingly call lawn. I know they are not buttercups, but have no idea what they are. They are very small as you can see from the attached picture, sorry about the muddy hand! The flowers start off bright yellow, (not done justice by the pictures) and as the flower ages, they turn orange and finally redish. I am happy to let daisys, buttercups and other clovers grow there, I really just want to know what they are, thankyou.

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 19:07
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plant or weed?

from Sue West

This has appeared in a flower bed that was only dug out last summer. The only plants that have ever been in there were begonia. This reminds me of a house plant I had many years ago. It is low growing, seemingly ground cover and has a purple tinge to the leaves. Its only about 15 cm in diameter at the moment. Is it a plant or a weed?

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 19:01
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Triffid?

from Sue West

This is growing in my mums back garden. It stands nearly 2ft tall and is about 1ft wide. None of us, or anyone we have asked know what it is. It looks like it is about to flower, or perhaps just grow even taller! For all we know, we have a very large weed growing, although I do seem to remember it being in the same place last year, then it vanished. Any ideas?

  • Posted: Tue. 19th June 2012 18:57
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Re: Re: Slugs and snails

from Sue West

Thanks Liz, I will definately give this a go. I have hear of slugs and sanils not liking copper as it gives them a mild electric shock. The pellets sound like my most likely solution, used along with the removal of them. Fingers crossed!

  • Posted: Mon. 18th June 2012 20:58

Re: Re: Slugs and snails

from Sue West

Thanks David. I have checked inder the tubs again today and there were a few, which I have removed...........again. I am unsure about using slug pellets as I heard they can posion hedgehogs. I have used a liquid slug control, but it does not seem to be doing much as you have to use it when you know the next day will be sunny????? So it seems that removal is the only way, time consuming, but if it works then so be it.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th June 2012 21:29

Re: Re: Slugs and snails

from Sue West

Thanks Frank, will try this in the back garden with the tubs.

  • Posted: Sun. 17th June 2012 21:23

Slugs and snails

from Sue West

Despite the wet weather we have had lately, or because of, my Petunia in tubs have been chewed to sticks. I like to remove the snails as I see them, usually in the evening. Today I found what can only be referred to as a snail campsight on the underside of the tub, with about 30 mobile homes on one tub! Can anyone advise me of a way of keeping them out of the planter itself? The tubs in question have feet, are plastic and sit on a bed of stones, and we did not have this problem last year.

  • Posted: Sat. 16th June 2012 23:36
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