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Inspiration Required, small tree suggestions & wildlife encouragement

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 16:11

Another vote here for crab apples - so many different ones but they all have gorgeous blossom for the insects and fruits for the birds, and are frequently visited in the winter by flocks of little Longtailed Tits looking for insects in the bark. 

One of my favourites is Malus 'Golden Hornet'

Short tulip flowers

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:42

I expect they're one of the shorter stemmed 'species' type tulips which flower early. 

The taller 'Darwin' and similar types will flower later.

Have a look at this thread

I love the little species tulips, they're like the little wild ones that grow on the sunny  hillsides in Turkey and around the Mediterranean.  There's lots of fascinating information here

Forsythia giraldiana

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:28

The thing is my 'Suspensa' isn't a firm ID as it was planted by the owner before last of this garden.  And all I have left since the tree felling is the small one in a pot that I took as a cutting a couple of years ago, so ...

Nut, I think a trip to Cambridge might be in order

We'd have to check with them before our trip that their F. Giraldiana is blooming

Pondering pears

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 14:18

Good point Anomander   I love quinces but if someone hasn't seen one before they could well be mistaken for a very hard yellow pear.

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:39

Oooh, getting exciting now Yvie



Back from tennis - 5 good sets so I'm feeling 's t r e t c h e d'

While I was at tennis the new tv was delivered - it's great - a bigger picture than before so GW and Wimbledon will be even more enjoyable.  The sound's a bit tinny but much better than the muzziness of the last tv and of course much much better than the high-pitched buzz it had developed recently.  We'll probably get a sound bar for it later in the year.

I also had a phone call from The Lovely Home - apparently Ma's a bit poorly - upset innards for a few days and not settling so they're calling the GP.  Ma's spending most of the time asleep in bed.   Bro is visiting her this afternoon so I'll go tomorrow. 

Gardener's World Mag.

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:18

Mine's just popped through the letterbox - and with it has come my copy of The Garden as well - I can see nothing is going to get done this afternoon

Feeling sorry for myself today

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 13:14

You have my sympathy Mrs Greenfingers - take it easy as much as you can and don't rush things - hopefully you can still do little things, sowing seeds in pots and pricking out - just to keep your hand in

Get well soon

What is this

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:59

Hi Chris

Click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post and follow the instructions.

If you don't have a green tree icon go into Settings and change to Advanced Edit.

If you're posting from a phone use a photo hosting website and post a link.

this site is being upgraded in a few days and it will then be compatible with phones/tablets etc.

Are these weeds?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:40

The first one looks like Arum maculatum aka Lords & Ladies, Cuckoo Pint,

a wild plant - it depends upon your garden style as to whether it's a weed or not - its fine in woodland gardens etc, but not really for a formal border.  However it's a pain to get rid of but dies down in the summer.  If you remove the seedheads to prevent self seeding it'll help a bit to stop it spreading.

The second one looks like a Lychnis to me, possibly L. coronaria  - think they're called Silene nowadays rather than Lychnis.  A pretty plant which self seeds itself around

Not sure about the last - it looks a bit like one of the willowherbs which can be a nuisance - but it could be several other things too - see what others think - someone else will be along soon


Are these weeds?

Posted: 23/03/2016 at 10:03

Hi Rigsby

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