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Feeling very foolish

15 September 2017 21:07:14

Remember my Japanese knotweed alert a while back?  Well, after several discussions with the local council, our neighbour behind us and investigation by their gardeners, it turns out not to be knotweed after all, leaving me feeling relieved but very sheepish after all the sympathy and concern my friends here expressed (especially PCON, thank you). 

All the growths that sprang up are/were from the large aspen tree in the neighbour's garden which was cut down last autumn.  Apparently, if you cut down an aspen before it has died, it will keep on throwing up suckers from its extensive root system in a bid for survival.  A forest in Colorado covering over a hundred acres has grown in this way! So yesterday, with the growths treated with glyphosate having died off and the ground softened by recent rain, I decided to dig.  The photos show part of what was uncovered. The roots, which must have been under our garden for some time, extended to the edges of the lawn in all directions and are under the concrete paths too but hopefully (unlike knotweed) won't break through there.  I'll be keeping a watchful eye in spring and will continue the Roundup treatment for any suckers spotted in the borders. 

The lawn is now a mess of course but I'll deal with that over the coming weeks. 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 15 September 2017 21:54:39

That is good news, Joan. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 15 September 2017 21:56:43

Do NOT feel foolish with your concern about Japanese Knotweed. You're alert, and that's half the battle. Luckily you don't have that problem in your garden, Joan. Yes, you'll have to keep observant about any more Aspen seedlings. But hopefully you have taken action soon enough to eradicate any future problems.

Scrubber Scrubber 15 September 2017 22:34:49

I but  agree with Jacinta. It must have been very worrying. The lawn will recover and easily enough but isnt that a snakey old aspen! I would be terrified if I saw it next nigh or near my garden. We are surrounded by Himalayan Balsam but its controlable in one's garden

fraoch fraoch 15 September 2017 22:47:58

It's great it's not knotweed, and don't feel bad about making a mistake. We all make them! Good luck with getting rid of the rest of the Aspen.

PCON PCON 15 September 2017 23:07:49

Delighted to hear it, Joan. I did not know an Aspen could do that, but I do have a bit of a problem with Poplar suckers in my garden. Not so much in the lawn, but in some flower beds.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 15 September 2017 23:22:46

So even if you don't have the dreaded Knotweed you have a fairly agggresive plant to deal with!

Jackie Jackie 15 September 2017 23:29:26

Awwwww Joan that is such great news and no you shouldn't feel a bit like that. You were spot on to be concerned. In fact it made me much more aware of what is going on around us. Also a couple of weeks after you posted that journal RTE news had a piece on about knotweed invading the countryside. A couple have  it on their land and it's travelling across the motorway near their home. Frightening. Apparently it's rife around waterways and hedgerows. So glad you know what you are dealing with now and can get on with sorting out your lawn in due course. 

Dick Dick 16 September 2017 16:22:28

Good to realise that it is  not knotweed Joan. I suppose if it is not knotweed, it must be yesweed:)

Mary B Mary B 16 September 2017 22:06:35

That's a relief Joan, thank goodness it's not the dreaded knotweed!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 17 September 2017 10:57:31

Oh that is good news Joan . Just sorry you had all the , justified , worry about the dreaded knotweed.  Never knew Aspen could spread like that  but thankfully you can get that under control. So interesting to see the photos and how it can spread. Happy for you the worry about the Knotweed is gone.

Spring bulbs in Lidl

12 September 2017 22:05:30

I was in our local Lidl today and lots of spring bulbs have arrived.  There is a decent selection of tulips, daffodils and assortments, all reasonably priced.  The tulips marked 'premium' were good sized bulbs and generally everything looked to be good quality.  I didn't buy any, as I had already bought or ordered most of my bulbs except for tulips for the patio pots but they didn't have the colours I was looking for. 

Happy shopping! 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 September 2017 22:38:42

Thanks, Joan. I don't normally shop in Lidl, so they're definitely worth checking out. But next year I am aiming for less pots.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 13 September 2017 07:36:36

Thanks Joan for the tip off. They are a great price and I don't want to spend a lot on tulips as I don't keep them from one year to the next.

Jackie Jackie 14 September 2017 19:28:25

I saw these in Lidl and I would usually get them. But after getting some in Mr Middleton last year and seeing the size and quality of the bulbs, plus the fabulous flowers too, I decided to buy again from Mr M. Sometimes I find the bulbs in Lidl are quite small and yes while the price is good the flowers are definitely not as tall nor as good as the dearer ones. They do have some nice colours though

September foliage - red and green

11 September 2017 22:10:53

Lots of showers in Dublin today and cool with it, autumn has definitely arrived; just as well I was occupied with non-gardening matters.  Over the weekend I followed Monty's advice from Friday's GW programme, cut off the agapanthus flower stems and gave them one last feed of tomato fertiliser.  

I'm itching to plant some infill Narcissus 'Jetfire' and the new Iris 'Katherine's Gold' bought recently but the borders are still so full and flowering that I can't get into the spaces where I want to plant them!  Guess I'll have to wait a week or two. 

Leaves are starting to dress in their autumn finery, the young Sumach always being the first to colour up here, while the calm greens predominate on the shady side of the back garden.  I got Saxifraga stolonifera as a wee plant from Hazel at our last Johnstown get-together and it has certainly spread itself around in a short time.  Thanks Hazel, it's doing its job at the front of the shed bed and I hope to see flowers next year. 

DeclanfromTipp DeclanfromTipp 11 September 2017 22:29:35

The Sumack put on a great display annually . They need watching though as the suckers can be a problem .

Moya Moya 11 September 2017 22:39:45

Love the Sumach too - so far it's behaving here. Your garden sounds like it's still in top form Joan. The Narcissus will be OK if you wait a week or two.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 11 September 2017 23:00:30

Lots of leaves down here in the last two days, Joan. Narcissus 'Jetfire' is a lovely daffodil and I also bought Iris 'Katherine Gold'. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 12 September 2017 06:22:01

I love that Saxifraga. I have a similar one here. Certainly autumn is in the air. I spent a wakeful night listening to leaves blowing down the road all night, maybe we should close the window. :)

Lots of suckers coming up all over the place with my Zumach. I must check its colour today.

PCON PCON 12 September 2017 14:03:06

Wonderful foliage colours, Joan. On the corner of your lawn, it looks like the roundup treatment is working well. Best of luck

fraoch fraoch 12 September 2017 20:32:09

That Sumach is a fantastic colour. Really gorgeous!

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:44:30

Just don't take your eye off the Saxifrage or it will take over!!!!! It definitely should lower for you next year. Mine took a year to establish too! 

Cyclamen hederifolium

07 September 2017 21:23:11

I really love these little plants and watch eagerly for their flowers to appear every year. The paler one is the cyclamen that Heather gave me at the first Johnstown get-together I attended; when it came out of the bag at home, it was the size of a large brick! Thanks so much for it Heather, it's a treasure.  The darker one was bought in Mount Venus the following year and it always flowers slightly later. 

They are planted in two raised dishes at the front corners of the shed; between them is a narrow strip of soil covered with gravel which they have started to seed into, with a nice mix of the two shades coming up.  Of course, I forgot to take a photo of the gravelled strip! 

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 07 September 2017 21:31:14

Gorgeous plants, never tire of them. No garden is complete without them.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 07 September 2017 21:56:18

Really lovely, Joan.

fraoch fraoch 07 September 2017 22:52:08

I've never seen that darker one before, it's beautiful! Glad the one you got from me is behaving itself!

Scrubber Scrubber 08 September 2017 20:12:17

They are lovely joan. Mine are pink and others are pure white. They came up with the mushrooms this year and it was a lovely if unexpected arrangement!

PeterW PeterW 09 September 2017 10:17:04

Gorgeous plants Joan, I have really started to appreciate these in the last few years.

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 September 2017 21:23:20

That's a good idea planting them in planters - I buy some every year but never seem to keep any of them!

Plant ID please

04 September 2017 19:55:57

Can anyone tell me the name of this lovely looking flower please?  I've tried RHS plant finder and google but no luck in identifying it yet. Notice the long tail spur at the back of the flower.

fraoch fraoch 04 September 2017 21:08:43

Sorry, Joan. It's beautiful, but I haven't any idea what it is.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 04 September 2017 22:44:43

No idea, Joan, but it is a beautiful flower and looks like a flower that should have a gorgeous scent. Is it a climber?

JoanG JoanG 04 September 2017 22:57:16

Mary, it's a soft stemmed probably herbaceous plant about 2 ft high spotted by my sister-in-law at Huntingbrook on Saturday.  I don't know if it is scented and suspect it's a rarity. 

Jacinta D Jacinta D 05 September 2017 01:49:06

The centre of the flower looks a bit Orchid-like. It's very pretty.

Bernie (Yellow Rose) Bernie (Yellow Rose) 05 September 2017 19:15:01

Impatiens Sodenii?   A beautiful flower Joan and lovely shiny foliage.

Jackie Jackie 05 September 2017 19:44:01

Its very nice whatever is it! 

JoanG JoanG 05 September 2017 21:42:20

Thank you Bernie, I've just googled and that certainly looks like it and the description fits. What wonderful knowledge we have on this site!


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