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Plant id please

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:05

At this point  it could be nearly anything small bulbous like.  Could be a snowdrop, a chinodoxia, a crocus with seed ball in the middle, an allium indeed, probably best to wait and see.  You can always dig it up and put it in a pot and wait till next year to see what happens - or you can leave it where it is and see what happens. 

Beech hedge infested with white fly

Posted: 25/06/2013 at 20:03

This is something that happens to just about all beech hedges, beyond not looking very nice it does the hedge no harm at all.  If you want to do something about it, get the hose out and give it a good hard wash, which will remove a great deal of the whitefly.  My beech hedge is near my greenhouse so I have to close that up tight before I wash the hedge,  as in the hedge is one thing, but in the greenhouse is quite another. 

You can hang those yellow sticky pads in the hedge too if you like, the aphids stick to those and when they are covered you can get rid of them.  However, as I said, it does the hedge no harm to speak of, just that sometimes we don't like it.  

tulips in pots

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:27

I actually put mine in the compost, on the grounds they are organic, and a miracle might occur and the compost will burst into flower next Spring!  It never has, but there is little much more organic than a bulb so in they go. 

Plum Trees Miniture

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:22

Much depends upon what it is doing now.   Plums are usually on big trees so I'm not sure how a miniature would behave.  Are the leaves green?  Scrape a little bit of bark off with your nail and see if the wood underneath is green/white or brown.  If it is brown then the tree is dead - but you didn't say the leaves were gone, only the buds

Young trees struggle when the frosts are late, so your plum may just have got it's buds frosted, or at leat very cold, and so they died off.  If the tree otherwise looks healthy, then give it some TLC this year, and hopefully it will try again next season.

Do you have it in a pot or in the ground?  Do you feed and water it regularly, or doesn't it need the water due to your weather?  Maybe a bit more detail as to its condition now?

tulips in pots

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:16

Welll, I have kept tulips in pots when I hve been delighted with them just as you have been, and they have never done anything worth looking at again - though a few of those in the ground have done, but not reliably.  Now I tend to take Monty's advice, empty the pots and enjoy starting over when the autmn begins.  I found it such a shame to wait - the greenery would start but the flowers never came good, a few tried by mostly just shrivelled up and died.   Better to start again, most bulbs are as cheap as chips, and then you can try other lovely colours and mixtures for next Spring. 

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 16:13

We did do a thread like this long ago on the old forum, quite a few of the people from there came over here - maybe many of them changed their names?  Couldn't begin to recall who started it there, there were some fun asnwers though.

Forum names

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:52

I've used booker on other places, as my surname means books, so I may as well be booker here as well - thus booker too.  The picture is my hand with some seeds a friend gave me, from Tasmannia - grown leaves but no flowers - yet.  Quite happy with this so can't for now think of an alternative I might have used. 

granny bonnet

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 12:46

Yes, I've had trouble germinating single colours from seeds, which is why I bought pugs.  I wasn't at all sure they would survive the winter but they did.  Will save seed but suspet they won't come true, assuming they germinate at all.

granny bonnet

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 11:48

Bought some plugs last year, can't remember where from, lovely clear shade of yellow.  Have kept them a bit apart and hope they will return true next time.  Fingers crossed they will be good like a few of the others. 


Posted: 24/06/2013 at 11:47

Wish we could have a bonfire, the bylaws are very firm about that - wonder if I could get away with one of those dustbin tye incinerators - probably not.  Indeed, so much stuff coming out that you would not want to put back on the garden, composted or not - that's I why won't buy council compost, I'm not convinced they get it hot enough either. 

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