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Pears in Scotland

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 21:42

Barry, most pears need warmer temperatures than apple trees so the usual varieties are unlikely to do well.  Pollination will also be an issue in the colder climate as there may not be many bees or other pollinating insects about when they blossom so hand-pollination may be necessary.  If you really want to give it a go, I found this Canadian site with recommended varieties - see if you can find any of them from UK suppliers:

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 13:50

Welcome Terry!  Cold and rainy here now but did finish one of the trellis panels before the heavens opened.

Agapanthus and Nerine together in same pot

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 11:57

Also agapanthus have very aggressive roots and I think they will out-compete the nerines so I wouldn't risk it personally.

fungus I please

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:30

I agree B3 and love seeing fungi appear in my garden.  I do have HF though but for the last 10 years have been removing dead stumps and other large pieces of wood which were in contact with the ground (I used the remains of a 70ft ash tree which fell on my garden to edge raised borders - BIG mistake) and haven't had anything die for the last few years.

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 10:21

Hi Aym, it's about 20 years old so just a young springer!   It got to about 4ft in the first 5 years though but growth is a lot slower now.  It's shaded for most of the day by the house but gets late afternoon sun in it's position by a west-facing fence.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 19:49

Used a mattock to remove a few stubborn roots which were missed by the grinder from where I had a 10m privet hedge removed in the front garden.  That warmed me up nicely in the bone-chilling wind!  Then put in 5 fence posts and screwed on the horizontals for the trellis I'm building which will replace the hedge.  Added some fish, blood and bone to help replenish the soil.  Looking forward to finishing the trellis tomorrow before adding 30 x 50l bags of FYM to the 'new' slightly raised flower bed below.  I'll add a couple of barrows of excess soil from my veg plot too, knowing that will be full of worms.

I love doing physical work at this time of the year once I get started.  The problem I have these days is it does take a bit longer to get started!  

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:

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.

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