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Help Identify Plant?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:54

It is only toxic if you eat it.

In fact the very young stems of P. esculenta were eaten, cooked like Asparagus.

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Phytoam.htm

I like the plant myself, we have a few dotted around, but we do not have anyone visiting who is daft enough to eat the berries.

 

Warning!

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:39

Be careful with Nigella too, amazing what Love in a mist brings up.

Now you know why proper Botanical names are so  important!

Lycoris americana  shares the same name as Colchitum too!

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 21:00

Well, we do have three freezers, but mostly our apples go into store. They usually last until April, depending on the severity of the winter and the ingress of rodents.

There is no point making Cider or Apple wine, sadly I am allergic to alcohol so never drink the stuff.

advice with Allium

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 20:57

A bit early but they do make their growth over winter and they are from the coldest part of Caucasus and Steppes, so they will survive.

Moles AND Crane flies

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:41

That is how I do it, except that I tend to wear very soil covered gloves, to avoid leaving my scent in the run.

Great if your runs are easy to reach, ours are below a thick layer of brick rubble.

Bramley Apple Tree

Posted: 17/10/2013 at 17:39

Well, we too have been apple picking today, but our tree is more like 30 feet tall and produced over 300 pounds of apples.

Severe pruning has been carried out.

Scab is not uncommon this year and Bramley does seem to get it. They are still usable, just need peeling.

Spray over winter with a Winter Oil wash and then  in Spring and Summer with a suitable fungicide (if you use such things) or Copper sulphate if you can get it still.

 

WHEN DID IT ALL start for you .... ..... .... . . . ..

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 21:36

I started when I was about 11 because I was Travel sick! No one else in the family was remotely interested in gardening.

'Snowball Shrub'

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 17:28

It is the sterile form of this which produces the big 'snowball' type flowers.

Ours is grown as a multi stemmed shrub and it does get tall. Not sure if one can make it into a tree form though. The way is to treat it like a standard Fuchsia or Rose. Buy one with a single stem to begin with, then rub out any growths when they are tiny which appear on the lower part of ther stem, only allowing the stems at the top to grow.

Old sick apple tree?

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 12:19

Snap!

Hedgerow fruit

Posted: 14/10/2013 at 12:16

We live in a very cold part of England (same isotherm as Newport which has recorded the lowest temps in England over the last few years) We have no South facing walls (no wallls with soil at the base) We have most of the avaliable Chaenomeles and they all (except for some reason  C. j. Nivalis) produce lots of fruit. Never could tell the difference in taste from the true Quince.

Our Cydonia Queeches Prolific has had 1 fruit on it in 5 years, despite flowering well and is a martyr to Black spot. I think, as said, it is just too cold here for it. Sad really.

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