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Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 15:42

Don't look like quinces to me ... quinces are large, usually at least as big as most eating apples if not bigger, and most are coated with a furry downy coat.  The tree leaves don't look right for quinces either.

I'd put my money on crab apples and they may well be John Downie and Golden Hornet.  

And I'd let them get a bit riper ... cut them in half ... when the pips are brown the apples are ripe. 

Fruit trees in my village - what are they?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 15:13

Those look like various varieties of ornamental crab apples to me 


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 14:02

Looks like that's it Bob. 

Rats in the compost

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:58

Don't put potato peelings into the compost ... rats love potatoes ... and also as has been said, check for food sources, and give the compost a thorough soaking and turn it frequently.   Also check in the area for broken brickwork etc around manhole covers ... they sometimes enter gardens that way.  

If they don't move on call the Pest Control people or get a proper rat bait box and agricultural strength rat bait from an agricultural supplier.  


Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:54

I think that's the same mower as ours ........ but I don't recognise the lace thing ... when OH comes back I'll get him to look underneath and see if he can identify what it might be ......... 

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:52

Grass all cut and edged   Ash seedlings pulled up, containers given a good soaking and some deadheading done ... There's more to be done but heyho ... I'm putting my feet up for a bit ... got to leave some jobs for later in the week.  

For those of you who may be wondering about the progress of the pergola ... OH has decided to await the arrival sometime of our friend Alex who will be coming to stay for a few days after our holiday ... he is tall, good at holding things while chatting about their teenage years to OH and as our niece said, "He was very good at Lego when I was small, so he has transferable skills."   She'll go far, that one 

Pink rose for front garden...repeat flowering?

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 13:02

The rose in the picture looks very like Rosa Bonica 

Its widely available, disease resistant, flowering almost constantly from late spring through to late autumn, glossy healthy foliage, a gorgeous cut flower too, with a delicate scent.  

I've grown it in three gardens now and wouldn't be without it. 

Chaenomeles question

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 12:56

How far out from the wall is the trench?  Can you dig it further out and train the shrub back towards the wall?

Hello Forkers ... August edition

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 12:54

An old favourite Dacha ... I was a rebellious liberal 13 year old 

Maybe we need some real protest songs now too ... 

Last edited: 20 August 2017 12:54:59

TINY front garden area ideas...please

Posted: 20/08/2017 at 12:19

If I lived in Cornwall I would grow Aeonium arborium 'Swartzkopff' in containers there.  

Maybe just those, maybe a mixture of other succulents which aren't hardy enough to be grown outside up here ... they'd look wonderful.

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