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growth on twisted hazel

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:55

Those sound like scale insects, specifically one called 'brown scale':

I have been squidging those off of my Japanese plum tree.

Id please :)

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:51

They can take any amount of pruning and even be cut back to near the ground and will grow again. 

Brown leaves on magnolia

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:44

Two of my young magnolias had all of their young leaves killed by the frost a week last Friday so I would say your suspicions are completely correct.  The good news is I can see some buds which seem unaffected and there are signs of new growth beginning at the base of the dead, brown leaves.  Only time will tell, but I think magnolias are quite tough trees and should recover, although there may be no flowers next year.  Two of my others were also affected but to a much lesser extend and only a third of the leaves were partially damaged by the frost so I'm not at all worried about those.  I'm going to snip off the dead leaves, leaving a short bit of leaf stalk which will fall off by themselves in time - I don't want to risk damaging the new growth at their base by pulling the dead leaves off.

sharp sand

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 22:07

Sharp sand has lots of different grain sizes and bits of small grit and looks like this:

Builder's sand is much finer, more uniform in grain size and usually a darker brown colour.

Aquilegia photo album

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:50

Here are a few from other years - I'll add some current ones when the weather improves!









Lord Anson Perennial Sweep peas

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 21:03

I tried nervosus a few years ago and agree with what it says in Dove's link.  I found it a weak grower - it then died on me just as it started to look as though it was doing ok.

sharp sand

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 20:59

Hi Alan, yes mate - I always buy sharp sand from builder's merchants as it's much cheaper than GCs.

Honey Fungus growth

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:39

Honey Fungus fruiting bodies are quite tough - If what you cleared away was thin and the cap was weak and easily crumbled with hardly a touch, it almost certainly wasn't HF.

By the way, if they come up again try and post a photo - if it is HF, you would be well advised to dig that stump out (or have it ground out) as it would be acting as a 'home base'.

Celery and the cuckoo in the nest

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:17

Looks like it might be one of the willowherbs - damn things get everywhere here!

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:08

You've mentioned canadensis and skinneri before nut - must add some of those and see what happens!

Mine are crosses with mckana hybrids and the large flowered blue & white one native to the Rockies in the US (aquilegia caerulea) - those are very long-lived for me and I have had some in a bed for 15 years. 

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