Discussion in 'General Chatter' started by Archie's Mum, Mar 14, 2020.
Just had another look at that photo and they are not Bluebells are they, Forget Me Nots?
The only problem I have with an open craft store is how difficult it is to resist picking up items to inspect, compare colors to see what goes together, etc. and then put them back. When I went to get my framed item, I took a detour past the needle "kits" to see if there was a ready-made project I might want to try. I had to stick my hands in my pockets to keep from pulling them off the rack, same with the pattern books. That and I feel for the staff. Our Governor waited until the big Federal rescue bill passed, protecting workers from financial ruin, before issuing the order to close the non-essential's. There are lots of folks sewing face-masks and other PPE's, but I can't see keeping a mega-craft store open. No perfect solution, I guess.
Yes, they are forget-me-nots, also self sown. I leave them all to do what they will. I get rid of any dead foliage as the other plants come up, but I leave the seed heads as long as I can for them to do what they do all on their own
Bluebells are a bit of a problem. I have a lot around and about the garden and they seem to like coming up either very close to or in the middle of other plants, so I can't dig up any which are in the way I just have to be brutal and pull off the leaves as they come up, which is a great shame, but I don't want the garden full of bluebells and nothing else
When we lived on the outskirts of London, one of our favourite trips was to see the wild primroses around the Easters and the Rodings .... whilst taking in the local graveyards for Bob's ancestors, of course
I don't have any bluebells I do have Grape hyacinth (running amok) and things that look like white blue bells.
Where I used to live we had bluebells, whitebells and pinkbells.
Grape hyacinth are a real pest and the white bluebells may be three cornered leek which is often called wild garlic. Pull up some of the leaves and have a sniff - you'll soon know if it's bluebell or garlic
Doesn't smell like garlic.
In that case, they are probably white bluebells
No matter how many I remove the three cornered leek always comes back. We also have primroses, violets, bluebells ( unfortunately Spanish not native) and soon to poke out their heads, wild orchids all of which arrived on their own.
I think the more you pull at them the more they fight back
I do have this growing in my garden, it really smells of onion/garlic when I attack it with my strimmer.
Three cornered leek? That’s onion weed. DO NOT TRY TO PULL THEM OUT.
They have bulblets and they fall off the mother bulb then you will have a thousand of them. If you have some kerosene or turps (used for cleaning your house paintbrushes) fill an eye dropper and squeeze the kero or turps into the centre of the plant, down low. The bulb will rot and bingo your onion weed will die. Good luck. Once you have them they are hard to be rid of.
I also have grape hyacinths given to me last year, hundreds of them but with our terrible drought only a few came up, maybe I’ve dodged a bullet but they are pretty.
I think that might be garlic mustard
Here’s another Aussie word for you guys...Strimmer=whipper-snipper
I'll have to let it get bigger before pulling it then. Also it says the seeds can stay in the soil for up to 5 years
I think the Americans call it a weed whacker.
It never ceases to amaze me how the plants you don't want are the ones which seem to survive anything - but then they say that a weed is simply a plant growing in the wrong place......
I actually had to look up ‘strimmer’ it’s a new one for me.
I've got a battery one
I have no idea what onion weed is good for though except helping to tear out our hair. Thankfully we don’t have it in this garden but our other one had it in the lawn. This garden has dandelions in the lawn but that died in the drought so they were given free reign.
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