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30/03/2014 at 20:06

I have a Large Conifer in my garden and today I noticed pink/red heather like flowers on it , which I have never seen before, but my main concern is that when I touched and shook  the tree a cloud of ' dust ' came from it. Can anyone tell me what and why this is ? Thanks in advance !

30/03/2014 at 20:16

That's pollen Tracey 

30/03/2014 at 20:19

 thanks Ryan, so nothing to worry about

 

30/03/2014 at 20:21

No, I only know this because my college tutor showed us all the other day, her said he'd never seen so many flowers (if you can call them that) and pollen come off that conifer before 

30/03/2014 at 21:00

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/40975.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

The 'flowers '?

30/03/2014 at 21:01

Yep that's them 

30/03/2014 at 21:08

Thanx !

 

30/03/2014 at 21:13

I thought my neighbour was having a bonfire today but it turned out that it was the pollen drifting across from my conifer and I have never noticed it happening before.

30/03/2014 at 21:17

It must be due to the weather or something! I've never noticed any before this year...Not complaining though, it brightens up and fairly ugly plant (in my opinion 

30/03/2014 at 21:19

 Thanx for comment Forester2 !

30/03/2014 at 21:20

 so your not keen on conifers Ryan !!!!!

30/03/2014 at 21:27

You could say that  For me, there's so many other plants and trees that would look much better than those things haha

30/03/2014 at 21:28

Although I must admit, I do like those flowers! 

30/03/2014 at 21:36

 we have got other trees , apple, a couple of rowans,  2 cherry, but good old conifers are a good barrier from bad weather and also keep the sheep out of the garden !

30/03/2014 at 21:44

Hey Ryan, there is more to conifers than people think.  Taxus Standishii is a glorious pillar of olive turning yellow in summer with the occasional red "fruits";  juniperus Sulphur Spray is a lovely mound of glaucous grey with white tips in spring; Taxus Coppershine becomes a beacon of orange in spring then copper then yellow; juniperus blue Star has the brightest blue foliage to rival any eucalyptus; conifers from almost black to bright green to almost purple brown in winter.  Look at the fresh lime green new shoots on Picea Albertiana Comica.  And  form too......adding narrow height or mounds all year round.  

Conifers have a bad press cos they have been planted in the wrong situations or allowed to grow too much.  There are some comifer gems out there 

30/03/2014 at 22:13

Ok, ok Verdun ...Ill admit that you're pretty good at persuasion  I really like the Blue Star one! Blues my favourite colour, although none of the others realllyyyy did anything for me, but maybe as I mature I'll grow to love them, but don't hold me to that! 

30/03/2014 at 22:19

Ha ha Ryan.  Persuasion is my business 

I can recommend a beautiful bright  yellow flower that is so easy and flowers throughout the year.  Unaffected by flood or drought.  Taraxicum Officionale is its "proper" name ....can't remember it's common one though   

30/03/2014 at 22:28

Aren't you funny!  Unfortunately, I don't think they'd fit in with my planting schemes, I've decided to scrap yellow just now  I'm sure somebody (who also doesnt know what a taraxicum is) will buy into your suggestion! 

30/03/2014 at 22:34

31/03/2014 at 17:09

Apart from all the conifir chat ha ha....is this white pollen really nothing to worry about????? we noticed the same cloud of smoke coming off 2 of our conifirs yesterday, we thoughts our neighbours bbq had somehow blown over in the wind....the trees in question do have lovely purple heather like flowers on their tips.

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