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    Originally posted by slackster View Post


    Look at my new boy racer toy!
    Not bad, but I was cutting my teeth on an ATCO in the seventies:

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      Actually it was crap, the fully charged battery wouldn’t make it round Dad’s lawn.

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        Ha ha. The ATCO brand has been around yonks. There’s YouTube videos of people trying to spark up ancient models...

        Meanwhile, in actual plant news, I came across a patch of these in boggy ground near a sloping ditch:


        Quite attractive, I thought. Bit like a lily, I thought. Then I looked it up and saw that it’s Skunk Cabbage (thanks, America), a highly invasive and unwanted super-spreader that crowds out native bog plants and, er, stinks.

        It can stay there for now as I’ve loads to be getting on with, but now I’ve clocked it, its days are numbered.

        Keeping an eye out for other problem plants, too. No sign of knotweed or marestail yet, but a patch of young hogweed has emerged on a path, so that’ll have to be carefully blitzed before it gets to highly toxic giant-size . No doubt the usual ground elder and bindweed will be out soon and need sorting, and the type of bamboo that spreads by runners will require a good seeing to along with most of the brambles (leaving some patches for wildlife and berries).

        Also did a closer recce of the woodland trees. Only a couple look dead/diseases, but there’s lot’s of Ash in there, which might be a (costly) worry if the dieback fungus rips through (The Council are currently felling all affected Ash trees on the A40 verges round here - it’s a huge and expensive operation).

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          Those look like our lettuces.

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            Spent a few hours hoeing off the hundreds of giant hogweed menace youngsters (that had grown from baby gem lettuce to oversized Savoy cabbage size in just a few days), and was just about to put this to the sword, when I realised it was emerging Gunnera:

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              A satisfying but stinky day sparking up 8 big bonfires with all the brambles, fallen branches and other debris.

              From this


              To this


              ​​​​​​​Clothes all in the wash now. Smelt like I’d had a session in a 70s pub....

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                We have got a nice carpet of “Glory of the Snow”, a perennial I’ve not seen before.

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                  Ah, I was feeling quite pleased for weeding between the slabs in my fully paved 6x6m back yard. And I planted some sweet peas and sunflowers.

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                    Slackster, earlier today;

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                      I real rotten job today: clearing grass clumps and assorted weeds, that have taken root over the last 5 (unoccupied) years, from the driveway, which is composed of small (10mm) black granite/basalt stones. Hunched over and down on the knees for hours, prising the obstinate little blighters out. At least another day’s worth of this to go...but I’m not sure my back or mental health can face it tomorrow.

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