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Quince Tree

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 23:45

Hi Allotmentmad, quinces need a long growing season and some protection in more northern climes so it depends on where you are.  RHS advice is here:

http://www.rhs.org.uk/Gardening/Grow-Your-Own/Fruit-A-to-Z/Quinces-(1)

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 20:23

Cheers Verd - I'll check those two out.

What tree is this?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:38

I think that used to be the case Andrew - heavy metals were iused in coloured inks.  Those inks have long since been banned though and I'm sure I remember Monty saying he composts all of his junk mail.   Tear it up into as small peices as you can manage though and mix it well with soft green stuff or it'll take ages to break down.

Problem Weed

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:30

I can't quite place it either, Nut.  Initially I thought it might be on of the willowherbs, but it also looks a bit like some kind of campanula.  If those little blobs are tiny flowers (tricky to see in the photos),  could it be redshank?  That one can be a bit variable in form.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 19:18

They are Palace Purple, Verdun.  I think they may have been part of a perennial plug collection and have been grown on in a coldframe for most of the year as they were tiny when they arrived.  Like your Pulmonaria, it'll give me something to look at until I decide what else is going in there or the Spring bulbs appear.  Sorry to hear about your niece's experience - that sort of thing is always extremely upsetting.  By the way, can you or anyone else recommend a good supplier for Dierama?  I really fancy trying some but haven't had much luck in finding them.

Red Robins?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:39

Photinia can be propagated by taking softwood cuttings in early Summer or semi-ripe cuttings in late Summer or Autumn.  It might be a bit late now but worth trying - RHS advice on semi-ripe cuttings here:

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?PID=404

 

Crazy raspberries

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:35

Have they been in a couple of years or more and planted fairly near each other?  If so I suspect that the Autumn fruiting ones may have sent underground runners and are coming up in between your Summer fruiting ones - I had them appear over 20 feet away.  It's also not unknown for them to be accidentally mixed up by the supplier if they are fairly new canes.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:18

Hi all, just managed to finish planting 150 crocus, 25 hyacinth and half a dozen heuchera into my new beds before the rain started - it really came down hard in very visible sheets!  No need to water anything in now in though.

Help needed with Twisted Hazel Tree

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 18:04

I agree with Dove.  The black leaves may just have been coated with honeydew from aphids.  This thin layer of sugars excreted by the aphids usually does turn black at this time of the year when a kind of black mould grows on it.  If it's that it won't harm your tree and the leaves will fall off very soon anyway as hazels of all kinds are losing  their leaves right now.  

What tree is this?

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 13:57

Andrew, yes, that is definitely hawthorn.  However, don't worry about putting poisonous plants or berries onto your compost heap.  The bacteria in compost heaps will happily break down any type of plant material into harmless compost and there is absolutely no danger of any plant poisons remaining and being taken up into your vegetables when the compost is later used on them.

 

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