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Help to identify some plants please

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 16:32

It's not a Japanese quince CR - I edited my reply while you were typing your reply.

Help to identify some plants please

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 16:24

I think 4 may be a quince if it has spike-like thorns.  This is probably the rootstock of a pear tree which was grafted on to it (pears often have 'Quince A' as a rootstock.)  As cambridgerose says, the rootstock has been allowed to grow when it sprouted a shoot.  If you want to keep the pear, you should cut the quince part off cleanly right where it starts at the bottom.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 15:52

Planted out a dozen Dierama I grew from seed which have been living in a coldframe for the best part of 3 years so decided it was time to reclaim the space!  Next out will be Chaenomeles (also from seed) and Philadelphus cuttings which have been mollycoddled for long enough now.

Pine chippings

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:41

Yes, once fully compotsted the chippings will become neutral and can then be used anywhere on your garden.  To accelerate the composting process, mix in a lot of soft green matter such as grass clippings.  You can also add diluted urine or a high-nitrate fertiliser such chicken manure/pellets.

To Keep The Trees Or Not?

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:36

Agree with the above.  You also need to remove the slabs around the base of the trees.  They all appear to be growing through the gap between slabs and as they grow they will be damaged by the trunk being restricted and then die or be blown down.


Posted: 29/03/2016 at 12:14

Coal ash can contain high levels of heavy metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, so I would not grow vegetables in any areas which had ash spread on them.  It might be worth getting the soil tested for contamination - your local council should be able to advise on how to go about that.  I wouldn't partcularly worry about growing ornamental plants and shrubs though as you aren't going to eat those.

plant ID

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 23:55

The second one looks like the flowerimg spike of an ice plant (Sedum spectable) which has been cut and placed into a tub of compost.  They look like this when on the plant:


Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 18:25

Everywhere saturated after last night's storm but ventured out into the rain and found a tray of aquilegia seedlings I'd sown last year and had forgotten about.  All now potted-on as they were still a bit too small to plant out.  Of the aquilegia I potted into 9cm pots last autumn, only half of those survived the winter but the neglected ones in the seed tray were fine..

Blue skies and lovely now, just as the sun is going down of course!

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 20:36

More seeds sown (have to wait in the midlands as winters are colder than nearer the coast) but did some preparing of the veg plot and had a little helper following me around all day:


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