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Normally, if the growing point at the top of the main trunk is cut off (and it sounds like this has been done to your tree) one branch near the top will become dominant and is known as the 'leader'. This will become the new trunk in time. Can you post a photo of the whole tree so we can have a look at how it is currently growing? It may need some formative pruning to help it grow into a good shape in the future.
Chilies and peppers really need a minimum night temperature of 12C to grow really well. From my own experience, anything under 5C can kill them, or at least badly stunt their growth and they take a long time to recover from having their growth 'checked' like that. I'd keep bringing them in at night until June.
Just saw the new image - Elder for me.
Young Ash tree(s) or elder. Either way, best dig it out while you still can (unless you want a big tree there.) As mentioned above, tricky to give 100% positive ID as the pic is a bit small and we need to see the growing point at the top.
They will open naturally at the point they are ready to be sown. I find them incredibly easy to grow. Just pop the seed onto some seed compost and cover lightly (I usually use a dusting of fine vermiculite but fine compost also works.) Once they have grown a couple of leaves, carefully prick-out and plant the tiny round corm which will have formed just on or below the surface of a small pot. In 2 years they will have grown large enough to flower.
Take a look at the undersides with a magnifying glass. The only thing that reminds me of is early signs of spider mite damage. Those creatures are too small to be seen with the unaided eye. They produce webs as the infestation takes hold. It doesn't look like any of the forms of fungal infection I am familiar with.
Hi Lyn, yes, The Magic of Mushrooms which was on BBC 4 last night was fungtastic!
Highly recommended and on iPlayer. The BBC are providing fantastic science and nature programming at the minute - worth every penny of the licence fee and no other TV company will ever make programmes like that!
If the feeder has a connector like this (a Hozelock male):
Then you need one of these on the end of your hose, a Hozelock standard hose-end connector:
Any garden centre (or even Asda) will have one.
Have you noticed any bees around them? If not, give the stems a bit of a shake. They are self-pollinating but the flowers need 'triggering' (they are sort of like a loaded spring) before the pollen can get to the anther and bees usually 'trip' the mechanism.
Took a few today of my front and rear garden while the tulips are in full bloom and before the forecast rain flattens them!
I love this time of the year!