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Very nice tree?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 18:46

Looks like Chinese Redbud to me, too.  Here's the back of a leaf from my young Cercis chinensis 'Avondale':

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/54628.jpg?width=350

   

Edit - after zooming in to the original pics I can see a slight serration on the edges of the leaves, so Bamboogie is probably right - a Katsuma (Cercidiphyllum japonicum.) 

tomato propagation

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 16:46

Hi Debbie, As long as the tomato plant isn't a hybrid, saved seeds should come true if you didn't grow other varieties close by.  If it was an F1 variety, that won't be the case but some of the plants grown from saved seed may be similar.  Have a look at the realseeds site below which encourages you to save seed.  Look at the panel on the left under 'Seedsaving' for lots of great tips:

http://www.realseeds.co.uk/

 

Help identifying tall stemmed plants with pink flowers please?

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:35

Agree with Nut - Musk mallow.  It's a short-lived perennial and also self-seeds easily.

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:20

It might be another form of fungus, Magnum.  Try poking a large screwdriver etc through one of the cracks in the bark into the heartwood of the tree.  It should be solid.  If it crumbles, then the heartwood is rotting and it will be terminal as the wood will have lost it's strength and the tree will be prone to being blown down by the wind, or branches may fall under their own weight, making it dangerous.  Have a good sniff through the cracks too - any hint of a "mushroomy" smell would also indicate a fungal infection.  Those are not treatable, unfortunately.

New to allotments - need advice on clearing and planting

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 13:05

Try and identify which weeds you have too, as this will indicate whether rotavating will be of benefit.  If there is bindweed, ground elder, marestail or lots of dandelions, rotavating will make things much worse.  My advice is to do as many others have suggested and tackle it by hand, digging over a small section at a time and thoroughly hand-weeding each bit as you do it.  Simply digging over and weeding counts as cultivation and will also make other allotment holders happy as they won't be getting any more seeds blown in from your plot!

How to post photos from iPad

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 12:50

Hi Victoria, I think the reason it doesn't work on some iPads is down to the version of the Operating System (iOS) those ones have installed.  Unfortunately, I don't have access to many iPads at work, so can't test which iOS versions do and don't work but I remember there was a thread to two about this a few months ago.  For those with an iPad which doesn't work, it might be worth trying a different web browser just in case the problem is related to the version of Safari which is included with the 'naughty' versions of iOS.

Dying Rowan Tree

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 17:07

That splitting of the bark at the base of the tree looks extremely serious and possibly a sign of Honey fungus, unfortunately.  It would also explain why you recently lost another one.  Have a look at the RHS advice:

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=180

 

Black gooseberries

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:21

I agree with all the above and suspect it is a natural cross, probably more towards the jostaberry (I have worcesterberry and they are much more like a gooseberry than a blackcurrant.)  Perfectly safe and well worth digging it out and replanting somewhere more appropriate - do that after the leaves fall and it goes dormant.   The fruit should really show its worth when cooked and a jam would likely be delicious!

Damaged camelia

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:12

That just means cut it right back to the trunk, so there is almost nothing sticking out.

two hedges

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 21:06

Nut, I managed to download the large photo and make a close-up of the bit at the front.  Does this help?:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/54469.jpg?width=353&height=350&mode=max

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