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Posted: 12/06/2017 at 08:00

Not everyone has your level of IT capability Mike ... And most of us understand and have tolerance and patience with all sorts of non-conformity. 

Perhaps your urge to keep things tidy comes from working in parks etc, or your need to police boundaries comes from other employment experience. 

I have a more relaxed attitude and am happy to try to help wherever the questions may be posed. 

The last thing I want to do is put new people off asking questions when they may already be feeling a little uncertain. 

A welcoming smile is far better than a bossy 'you've done it wrong' attitude 

Last edited: 12 June 2017 08:04:28

What beans are these?

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 07:35

Those are the flowers and seed pods (and leaves) of a brassica ... Probably your red Brussels sprouts. 

Fig tree

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 07:28

Are you watering it enough ?  My container grown fig needs a bucket full of water every other day from spring onwards. although they need free draining compost they still need lots of water. They are very thirsty plants. 

Identity please

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 07:08

Report him to your version of Trading Standards immediately! 

twisted hazel

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 07:02

Because the twisted hazel grows slowly it is often outgrown by faster growing suckers from below the graft. 

Check the straight stems down their length and if they're coming from below the graft remove them  at their bases. You should be left with just the curly stems.

In future check regularly and rub out any shoots from below the graft before they begin to grow. 

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 12/06/2017 at 06:54

Good morning all.   Today is bright and dry so far ...


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 22:09

Just an idea, but what about contacting your local Wildlife Trust 

It being Cornwall, with a milder climate than most of the UK, there may be something that's made itself at home there which doesn't grow as well if at all in the rest of the country.

P.S.  Very envious of your cottage in Cornwall, even with rampant unknown plants ... we'll be down your way later in the year as usual 

Last edited: 11 June 2017 22:10:41

Plant Identity Needed Please

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 21:43

I think you may have some Salsify there 

OK folks, what's this one?

Posted: 11/06/2017 at 21:33

We've not used insecticides in this garden since we came here in 2011  ... the bluetits and goldfinches, ladybirds, hoverflies and lacewings deal with all the aphids very efficiently 

if you get too many aphids to start with, justbrush them off with your fingers or a jet of water from the hose.

Last edited: 11 June 2017 21:35:23


Posted: 11/06/2017 at 21:28

It's one of the Phormiums (New Zealand Flax).

Those will be its flowers. 

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