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Can anyone name this plant?

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 20:32

I agree, looks like Spiraea douglasii.

English Bluebells

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:47

It's fine to plant bulbs or seeds as they won't somehow transform into Spanish ones, but any seeds produced after they flower will likely be crosses.  So, after they have flowered simply cut off the dying flowers before the seed pods form.  Once you have dug-up all of the Spanish ones you can let the English ones self-seed to increase but be aware that if nearby (or even quite far away - bees fly a looooong way) gardens have Spanish bluebells there is still a good chance that any seeds produced may be crosses.  The bulbs will naturally divide anyway so to be sure of retaining only English bluebells, never let them form seeds.

unknown plant 2nd attempt

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 21:52

 It may be Lemon balm if you rub a leaf and it smells of lemon.

https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/11040/i-Melissa-officinalis-i/Details

 

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:25

Snap Dove and I agree, it is hard work!

Aerating the lawn - fab old tool...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 18:20

You need to stand on the bottom bar and use your weight to get the tines to go in as far as possible - at least 4 inches.  If you aren't heavy enough or the lawn is really dry and/or compacted, you could either wait until the lawn gets softer after a decent amount of rain or ask someone a bit heavier to help you out!

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 17:24

Yes, it is a potato fruit.  Potatoes are closely related to tomatoes hence the similar looking fruit.  They are very poisonous so don't be tempted to eat one!

The seeds can be collected and grown - this is how new varieties are produced although it is a long process as plants grown from seeds will likely only produce one or two small tubers which would be replanted the next season.  Rinse, repeat and after several years you have enough tubers to grow a reasonable crop.

Can you identify this for me please?

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:57

Potatoes grow tubers from the stem if those are buried (or partially so) and tubers turn green then purple on exposure to sunlight.  I think that's what has happened here.

Help locating new greenhouse

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 15:32

Scots Pines will usually cast the least shade of common trees so it might be a case of choosing the least worst option.  I have always located my greenhouses N-S to get an even amount of sunlight to each side.  I also planted a dwarf apple tree near the South end which means there is lots of light early on the season when it is most needed but provides some shade in Summer when it is in full leaf, negating any need for artificial shading.  Works well.

privet

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 22:00

Hi Mark, Either now or in spring would be fine.

Help!!!!

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:58

Trees are best moved when dormant.  November to February is the usual time frame, providing you don't do it when the ground is frozen.

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