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name of shrub

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:51

Sounds like Euonymus fortunei Mark, if they are small bushes.  They come with white splashes too.  Larger ones may be the hedging types, Euonymus japonicus.

Catkin identity please

Posted: 13/01/2015 at 23:14

I think nut is right - those look like magnolia flowerbuds rather than catkins.  And a lot of them, too - you could be in for quite a treat come spring!

Laburnum Trees

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:35

Have a look at this thread Ms P, which came up last summer:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/problem-solving/laburnum-die-back/407075.html

 

Talkback: How to grow strawberries

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 15:28

No need to protect them Pindy as they are completely hardy.  You can move them into a cold greenhouse or coldframe if you want an earlier crop but then you need to keep them watered - one thing strawberries don't appreciate is their roots drying out.  A drawback to doing that though is you may have problems with aphids as those will be kiiled by frost but will love greenhouse conditions.

Caterpillars

Posted: 11/01/2015 at 14:36

Spending winter as a caterpillar is a very common method of surviving for many moths and butterflies. They usually hide in the leaf litter or under plants such as foxgloves and verbascums which offer good protection.  Examples include: Dingy Skipper, Chequered Skipper, Large Skipper, Small Skipper, Common Blue, Northern Brown Argus, Small Copper, Green Hairstreak, Small Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Pearl-Bordered Fritillary, Dark Green Fritillary, Marsh Fritillary, Speckled Wood, Wall, Mountain Ringlet, Scotch Argus, Meadow Brown, Ringlet, Small Heath and Large Heath.  Those are from the SW Scotland butterfly site:

http://southwestscotland-butterflies.org.uk/blog/?tag=winter

Species will differ in south Wales which is a lot warmer!

 

Windy - get your pots secure...

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:46

How annoying Tootles - expensive too as large pots don't come cheap.

I've just wired my automatic vent in the greenhouse closed as they tend to flap in very strong winds which can smash the glass, shortly after which the entering wind tends to blow the fixed panes out..

Can anyone recommend a good quality cold frame...

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:39

I agree, if you or family/friends have any basic DIY skills, they are very easy to make.Mine is made from decking planks with a sheet of twinwall polycarbonate used as a sloped hinged lid and was cheaper and is stronger than anything commercially available that I have seen.  Here's a previous thread on this topic:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/tools-and-techniques/making-a-cold-frame-and-where-to-buy-a-manger/1544.html

 

 

Tree identificagtion

Posted: 09/01/2015 at 19:30

Possibly a typo or misspelling?  Have a look through the Acer name wiki and see if anything comes close:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Acer_species

 

 

The One Show - Quirky Gardens

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 18:49

Pity you aren't looking for quirky gardeners!  There are plenty of those here, myself included!

Apple tree

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 19:24

Hi eddie, now is perfect but it depends on why you are pruning.  A few tips:

Winter pruning will encourage growth, so prune young apple trees now to help develop their shape.  The harder you prune weak growth, the stronger is will grow in the coming year, so if a tree is weak on one side prune that side back more (but don't reduce branches by more than about 50%.)

Late summer pruning will help to restrict growth, so only prune branches which are too vigorous then.  Once an apple tree has grown to the size you want, this is the only time you should prune it.

I made a pretty comprehensive post about apple tree pruning a year or two ago which some members found helpful.  I'll try and find it and will post the link.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener

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Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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Lovely surprise

I went down the garden in the gloom.. 
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Flew into the polytunnel for a while 
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It's been too wet to really do anything outside.. 
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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

Look for distorted and damaged leaves near the tips 
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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Oops!

Polytunnel growing 
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