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Something is eating my strawberries

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 13:35

I've heard that rats can do this sort of thing, anybody else heard of this?

Apple tree problem - advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 11:47

Looking at the tree in general which looks in good shape I wouldn't suspect fireblight, but as you first suggested blossom wilt.

 

For both blossom wilt and fireblight you would need to remove the infected parts, with blossom wilt you remove the infected spurs, with fireblight it's more extreme pruning, but I don't think it's fireblight.

 

Female blackbird loses her mate - very sad

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 13:05

We feed the birds all year round, it's probably just as important to them now as in winter, to supplement the parents diet while feeding their young. I also love collared doves and we have alot round our area. We have alot of wood pigeons too, which I'm not so keen on, but we put up with them. If we feed them well at home they may stay away from the allotment

Just bought Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace" 30cm tall

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 12:54

I love the contrast of the foliage to the flowers on Black Lace though Verdun. I do grow Sutherland Gold for it's foilage alone though.

Cherry advice please?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 16:02

Trouble with pruning is it can stimulate even more growth than before. Taking out large branches of cherry tree also runs the risk if disease entering the tree. I would suggest maybe getting a tree surgeon in to take a look and give advice. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

Cherry advice please?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 15:13

 

 

It may not be either sweet or acid.

Without being able to see the tree properly I think maybe it's an ornamental cherry blossom tree. The rootstock (white flowers)has been allowed to grow and is probably overtaking the desired scion material(pink flowers). I may be wrong but it's quite a common thing to happen and the cherries that you get will be very small, coming from the rootstock.

Cordoned Blenheim apple trees

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 12:48

 

 

Hi Mark,

I can't see the image too well but it does appear to be canker, probably introduced after a severe wooly aphid attack.

I would get in touch with the nursery where you bought the tree from, they will hopefully replace the tree or offer a refund. I would also be inclined to move the infected apple away from you other trees.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 13:30

I must admit blue is one of my favourite colours too (even my wardrobe). You're way ahead of me Verdun, only a couple of geraniums are near to flowering here. Delphiniums, lupins and pentomens must be weeks away yet. I also have a fondness for blue Clematis 

Full sun fragrant climbing rose

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:44

As suggested removing current soil is advisable and for roses I would also use mycorrhizal fungi such as rootgrow, it will get your new rose off to a flyer. Climbing Crimson Glory is a good red with strong scent.

Best blue flowering plant

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 12:30

Not exotic but delphiniums are great plants and there are some fantastic shades of blue out there. I also have a fair few hardy geraniums which should be flowering very soon, given a bit of sunshine, very easy plants that give a lot.

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