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Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 08:59

Hi, as Landgirl suggests I would remove the curled leaf as it looks as though it could be infested by insects. I would leave the others in situ. At this time of year a lot of leaves will be in poor condition and your plant may well drop them before producing more in spring. However, they are still helping your plant through the winter. With the shortest day not having been reached yet we still have a long way to go...

Bottle propagator (see photo).

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:26

 Good idea Alex!

However I wouldn't start your sunflowers off so early as they are likely to become leggy and weak without a good supply of natural light/heat. Spring time would be better as they will grow on at a greater speed and vigour with the longer day length and be protected by your cloche when you plant them out.. 

Coke put down a toilet in a hard water area will dissolve the limescale, I believe...

Camelia

Posted: 05/12/2013 at 17:19

   Lots of good advice at the link below. Hope this helps!  

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=327

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 02/12/2013 at 17:44

Well, would you believe it - went ahead and bought GW mag/calendar this morning and I am really pleased with it. The inside pictures are lovely and it is bigger than last year's....and when I get home from work this evening, what's waiting for me in my open porch, none other than a Countryfile calendar an unexpected but welcome present from my Mum! Bigger and glossier than GW but has already been said not free.

I have no excuse for not knowing the day of the week next year!! 

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 01/12/2013 at 18:47

Ooh! Interesting comments. I only saw the cover of the the calendar in the mag and

assumed that the rest of the pictures would be the same quality - the phrase, never judge a book by its cover comes to mind     Maybe I should take another look as I

was happy enough with last year's one. Facts about Countryfile calendar also noted.

Thx

December 2013 Issue - The Calendar

Posted: 30/11/2013 at 18:07

I no longer subscribe to GW but always make a point of buying Dec. issue for the calendar - except this year! Firstly, I couldn't find it - no plastic bag or cardboard band around the mag, erm.. its inside, part of and  attached to the mag. itself. Secondly, what a disappointment - paper quality is poor and therefore the picture quality is poor. I'll be spending my money on a decent calendar instead...maybe I'll go for a Countryfile one  - its for a great cause and I assume is good quality. Any experiences?

Sorbus hupehensis

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:08

Yes, they will be the last to be touched - reds, oranges and yellows go first and fast.

http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/gbw/gardens-wildlife/gardening/plants-fruit-seeds

The bit below is from the link and mentions your tree...

It is not just native species that produce fruit taken by birds. Introduced species and the cultivated varieties of native species may also produce suitable fruit. There has been a fair amount of debate over the different cultivars of some berry-producing shrubs (including those in the genus Sorbus) and how attractive they might be to birds. Since birds have been shown to use berry colour as an indicator of nutritive rewards, it seems sensible to assume that the differently-coloured varieties of these shrubs will differ in their attractiveness to birds.

Ornamental fruits whose colours are not widely replicated within native fruits (for example white – seen only on Mistletoe) may prove less attractive to birds. This could explain why white-berried forms of Sorbus remain on the tree for so long.

camellia

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 23:02

A stressed photinia?

Jet Washers

Posted: 21/11/2013 at 21:59

Make sure you drain all the water out of the system when you finish as in cold weather it expands with cold and can freeze - damaging the machine. This apparently is one of the commonest problems with jet washers as the machine then leaks and pressure is lost etc...my other half has done this!

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