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fungi identification please

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 13:13

There are hundreds of possiblities mags.  Foragers refer to them as LBMs (little brown mushrooms) almost all of which are inedible.  They'll be gone in a few days.

Any ideas what this is?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 13:05

I agree - looks like it's been cut back a lot before and seems to ramble horizontally.  I'd have it out but that might be easier said than done!  You could replant it in a 'wild' corner if you have one to see what it turns out like.

Anyone recognise this plant?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 11:37

Morning nut!   I agree - it does look like a clematis stem and the little I can see of the emerging leaves seems to match.

Move it now?

Posted: 10/04/2016 at 10:42

I find the best way to germinate them is to sow immediately the seeds pods split open in the Autumn in a seed tray and overwinter them in the tray.  They can be a bit stubborn if collected and then sown in spring.


Posted: 10/04/2016 at 10:36

Hi Lantana, you need something substantial with loam (soil) in for permanent plantings of trees in pots.  Multi-purpose compost is far from ideal.  By far the best is a John Innes No. 3 mixed with about 20% ericaceous to make it slightly acid which Japanese acers prefer.  You could use 50% garden soil, 30% MPC and 20% ericaceous instead.

Advice re: building a wire trellis for wisteria

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 17:41

Carol, at that size it is effectively a tree so why not use tree ties?  These are designed to be semi-flexible to allow for growth and could be fixed to the wall using large rawlplugs and good screws or even rawlbolts (aka 'anchor bolts') which are as permanent a fixture into brickwork as it is possible to get.

bare root shrubs

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 14:15

Keenbutgreen, just to report that all of my bare-root shrubs from the pack are now showing signs of life apart from the Deutzia which I think is dead - bark peeling off right to the base.  I thought the Weigela was also dead but spotted new shoots coming up from below soil level this morning.   How are yours looking?

Will rust harm my goldfish....

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 12:34

I know other metals are really bad, particularly copper.  To be safe, you could remove it, let it dry and then paint it with a pond-safe paint such as P1:

Painting it black will also make it virtually invisible when it is under the surface.

Will rust harm my goldfish....

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:48

Iron oxide (rust) is chemically inert so unlikely to have any effect although I have no direct experience of having rust in fish ponds.  Hope that gives you some reassurance Tetley.

Moving bulbs

Posted: 09/04/2016 at 11:46

If the bulbs still have leaves on them (likely at this time of the year) then I would pot them up otherwise the leaves will die and, while they will may well survive, they are unlikely to flower next year as the leaves are now feeding the bulbs for future flowers.

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