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what is this leaf..?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:39

The leaf is very similar to those of the hibiscus I'm growing this year....not exactly the same but then they do vary quite a lot...if it is hibiscus it may flower and solve the problem. Sometimes things survive despite the weather...

Bees or wasps?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:35

Is it Megachile centuncularis, a leaf cutter bee? we get them in our garden.


what is this leaf..?

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 20:16

It isn't hibiscus is it? it looks familiar but I can't think where from. I am not up to speed with tree leaves....


How intriguing!

Has anyone got buds on there apple tree yet

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 16:07

My little tree had lots of buds but they're mostly leaves...I have a few flowers but the poor thing is still suffereing after last year's awful summer. Weshonion advised me that I might have to wait a while for the tree to recover before I see signs of fruit.

Help :(

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 16:02

Poor babies....are the pots standing in trays? if so take them out and empty any residual water. If they were being kept in a GH then pop them back in on the staging so that excess water can drain out. You can tell if they're too wet by picking up the pots...once the weight goes down a bit you can stand them back in the trays....

Hopefully once they're somewhere warm and dry the excess will evaporate off...of course if they're swimming you might be better off repotting but that seems a waste unless you have shedloads of spare compost. Plants are pretty resilient...a lot depends on how well grown they are. Some of my mine were battered by rain and hail over the weekend but they've recovered.

No blossom on my apple tree

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 15:51

Thanks Welshonion....I will give it another year (or two). I've just been in the garden rubbing greenfly off the tips...yuk.

No blossom on my apple tree

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 19:14

I have a dwarf apple tree in the garden Croquella, it's self fertile. When I first got it 5 years ago it was in a pot but 4 years ago I planted it in the ground in fertile, well drained soil in a sunny position.


Initially I sort of expected there to be hardly any apples forming, but it has provided between 8 - 15 small delicious apples most years. Last year was a complete disaster. It blossomed earlier than normal because of the very warm and sunny March and early April, but subsequently most of the blossom was stripped off as the weather turned very wet and cold. We had a heavy infestation of greenfly and no fruits formed at all.


As it had suffered so much I didn't prune this's still a relatively young tree so I didn't really think it needed it anyway. I  mulched in the autumn and fed it in the spring and popped a grease band on to stop the ants carting greenfly up the trunk...the tree was covered in buds so I was full of anticipation BUT, altho the foliage is looking lovely and healthy there is hardly any blossom again...only about 5-6 flowers and they are concentrated in a small area.....what have I done?

Is it because I didn't prune? or is it down to the weather?

I only have a small garden so if something doesn't work it has to go...which is a pity because I won the tree in a raffle.





Which seedlings can I put out now ?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 21:19

If your plants are reasonably grown,,,,not still spindly little seedlings and as long as the weather isn't really cold. .As has already been suggested I would recommend  hardening off your plants for a couple of weeks. Initially put the trays or pots out during the day in a sheltered, not too sunny spot and take them in at night. It's still not uncommon for us to have a sharp frost even in early June and young, tender plants are very vulnerable.

I live in the East Midlands and I just go by the weather....once we've settled into steady warmish days then I plant out, usually in late May, early June...but I'm still ready with a sheet of fleece if there is a chance of frost. Last year was a disaster because not only did we have an incredibly warm early spring but then a long, cold wet late spring/early summer and I lost a lot of my young plants,,,,they didn't have time to become established before the onslaught of rain, hail and wind. 

What on earth....?

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:43

Odd isn't it? such a's the biggest seedling too

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 19:21

My garden this weekend (well...the bits I'm prepared to share!)


alpine sink (aubrietas)

Grew this hellebore from seed I collected in my garden

the parent


little tulips (Persian Pearl)


some cheerful daffs


that'll do...






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