BobTheGardener


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Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 15:30

Thanks for all your fantastic photos everyone!


Here is an Acer I grew from seed which is now turning:



And a couple of my grapevine which got out of control at the far end and climbed some trees!:




The leaves on that won't last long now - one proper frost and the lot will drop.

Weed ID

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 12:47

The thale cress will pull up easily though.  It's a weed which can complete it's life-cycle in just 6 weeks!  Interesting little snippet about it here:


http://www.wildflowersofireland.net/plant_detail.php?id_flower=348&wildflower=Cress

Weed ID

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 10:24

The first one is an ash tree sapling - dig out asap as the bigger they get, the harder they are to remove - don't just cut it off at ground level.  I recognise the 2nd but name isn't coming at the moment.


Edit: Got it I think - Thale cress.

Last edited: 05 November 2016 10:26:27

family fruit trees

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 18:49

I have exactly 1 pear this year Pansyface.  That's from a 3-variety family tree, a duo and a patio type.  Still not ripe though and I bet the squirrels will have it before I do.  Like Derbyshire, I think Leics is just too cold for free-standing pear trees.  Might try moving the family tree to a position against a south-facing fence I now have space for it, after getting a privet hedge removed.

Why are my photos so big?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 18:42

I looked at this a while ago and the ones you see in 'my posts' are the actual size (in pixels) as you uploaded them.  The ones shown on the forum are automatically resized to suit the forum layout.  I think it could be classed as a bug and is probably something which the web team could fix.

Last edited: 01 November 2016 18:42:58

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 31/10/2016 at 18:21

Agree, no collar, not HF.

Is this honey fungus

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 20:55

I'd say it is too and would have the stump ground out as HF requires a 'home base' from which it can send out the damaging rhizomorphs which infect other plants.  Good article on the telegraph site explains that:


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/helen-yemm/10464796/Thorny-problems-how-can-I-get-rid-of-honey-fungus.html

Still picking raspberrys

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 14:32

I'd leave autumn fruiting ones until Feb (or at least until after Christmas) Meghan.  I think the roots re-absorb some of the energy from the canes once the leaves die off.

ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with gardening, too!

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 14:28

I agree Hostafan.  There are three utilities which are vital for our country's security so should NEVER have been privatised and those are gas, electricity and water. They need to be re-nationalised and a law making which forbids them ever to be privatised again.


Thanks to Dave, my electricity supplier was given free rein to change tariffs in order to 'make it easy' to change from one to the other.  As I'm all electric (no gas supply) and was on 'economy 10' (so I get 3 hours of power to the storage heaters during the day, so I can feel some warmth other than first thing in the morning), they put the price up of the equivalent new tariff by 17%.  I've contacted every supplier in the country and NONE of them will offer me an alternative: "Oh, we don't do that one."

Identification required

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 21:42

There are a few hardy varieties which are regularly found at GCs etc.  If it is a hardy one, it might be Delta's Sarah.

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