Latest posts by Birdy13

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:56

Wow - quick responses!

I broke it by mistake - didn't notice if I oozed, but just tried recutting the end that's been in water for a few days, and it did not ooze.

I know we have got euphorbia in the garden, but I thought they looked different - unless this is a different type.

Exotic plant or weed or triffid?

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 22:42

Don't know what this is - found a couple of them in a big neglected pot. Brought this one inside to photograph...

Here's a view from above


Should I nurture or destroy? 

A couple of plant idents, please

Posted: 28/11/2014 at 09:53

Top one looks a bit like my Acer - only yours is healthier.

Fragrant tree

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 19:33

I' m not sure James is listening any more, (sole post, sole thread!) ... 

... but it seems to have started some conversations... 

Fragrant tree

Posted: 23/11/2014 at 16:12

Hi James,

Re 'fragrant trees': some years ago we were in the botanical gardens in Oxford and there was a most beautiful fragrance in the air in one part of the garden. I traced it to a tree which I have variously remembered as viburnum stellata or magnolia stellata. I think the magnolia must be the right one because when I did a search I found this link...

... which looks exactly as I remembered it - beautiful fragrant star shaped flowers. The link says it is slightly fragrant, but I suppose that depends on time of year and how big it is. The video link gives no verbal information but will give you an excellent idea of what the tree can look like. It is also similar in size to the one I found in Oxford.

I hope this helps.

Tulip planting

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 11:11

  Bluebaron said 02/10/2014  Any good suggestions for a white and purple display?   For the purple how about Tulip: Queen of the Night ?   They come in May, about 60cm tall.



Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

Posted: 20/11/2014 at 14:45

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 18:23

Thank you both  for your input.

Berghill: that idea for calcium treatment is a really useful tip - I may use it also on my James Grieve, although interestingly this year, after the very first fruits which were affected. the later fruit seemed less susceptible to bitterpit. 

Rachel: no, I haven't started the pruning yet but coincidently did think about it Today. It's now on the list.

Fortunately, for the last two years I have been pruning a lot more intelligently than in previous years, but I'm grateful for the advice, and thankyou for the suggestion of burning rubbish and info about mulch.

Do Bramleys get bitter pit?

Posted: 19/11/2014 at 14:47

For many years my Bramley apple tree has produced a good quantity of good apples. 

I keep the tree relatively small - around 10-12 foot high - and last year, after some very careful and quite radical pruning in places, during the preceding months, it gave the best ever performance: the quality was so good I was able to store over a hundred for quite a few months.  

This year the story was very different: the majority of fruits and becoming affected with a variety of conditions...    






Some fruit, however, apparently escaped the adverse conditions, whatever they were, and I was able to store some of the most promising fruit again.

But today, when using up the last of these stored apples, this is what I found inside an otherwise decent looking apple...  


(Sorry about the fuzzy image)

It looks like bitterpit, a condition which I have come across in previous years in my James Grieve eating apples.   The questions I am asking myself now are 

  1. What is this condition?
  2.  Can Bramley's get bitterpit? If so, why?
  3. And why this year but, as far as I know, never before?
  4. Can the apple still be used - eg stewed - without spoiling the flavour or edibility of one's dessert?

The outside of the affected apples mostly showed no sign of anything wrong inside...  


  ...although the one illustrated above must have had a penetration wound that has clearly gone bad in storage.   

I was wondering whether the little darker flecks on the otherwise unblemished skin were relevant, or are they just part of a normal Bramley's appearance? (I know: I should know, but I'm afraid I don't!)   

Any ideas and advice from apple growing /cooking experts would be welcome.

Weed or flower?

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 09:54

Thankyou again folks  for your advice and ideas. I shall now look around for where to buy Geranium  Macrorrhizum. So far the various links on the Internet have been quite promising.

I might try a combination of them plus a few root divisions from the ones I pictured (photo, by the way, was taken in July 2013)

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