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What is this tree?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 21:20

I think it's a crab-apple.  Some of them have small berry sized fruit.  Golden Hornet is one which might fit the bill.

Last edited: 25 October 2016 21:22:16

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:01

This is probably what you are looking for Philippa:

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:34

I'll kick-off with a couple of photos of my blueberry patch.  They are worth growing just for the autumn leaf colour!

Please can you identify this plant?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 15:00

There are a lot of them.  Have a browse through this site to see if you can spot a match:

Weed identification

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 13:20

Looks like creeping wood sorrel (oxalis corniculata.)  Almost impossible to get rid of and digging the roots out is your best bet.  Once it gets into cracks in paving etc., you're pretty much stuck with it.

Truffels or just fungi?

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:13

They look like truffles to me.  Try to find a mycology club near you - google 'mycology club' and add your nearest city.

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:08

This may help Judy:

Look for 'soda ash' or 'sodium carbonate'.  If you can't find any, the link above tells you how to turn baking soda (widely available anywhere) into it.

crocus en masse

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:04

Agree with berghill - lift turf.  Bulb planters go too deep - crocuses only need to be about 5cm deep.

Killing Weeds

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 16:01

I suspect he meant sodium chlorate (sodium chloride is common salt.)  It was banned for garden use by the government in 2010.  Roundup works fine but use it in the spring when weeds start growing strongly and it will kill them right back to the roots.  Don't pull the weeds up until they are completely dead or the roots won't be killed.

Disturbing a newly planted Peony

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 22:52

I assume it's to protect against frost losgood.  To help with that you could put a couple of inches of compost or bark chippings over the top during the coldest part of winter which will protect the roots from freezing then carefully remove it once the hardest frosts have passed.

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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

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Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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