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Identifying Seeds (Help Needed)

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:06

Thanks - that'll be interesting 

what sort of a tree was that ?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 20:04

The bark has a hint of the lovely rich cinnamon  colour of the Prunus serrula and the flowers are right, but they usually have much more colour in the trunk 

Identifying Seeds (Help Needed)

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:49

In case we ever come across one - is it worth eating? 

Concrete Belfast sinks!

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:46

No chemicals will remove cement or concrete - you need a lump hammer and a cold chisel and some eye protection. 

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:43

Finger's fine now thanks Lily 

Rhubarb & growing from seed

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:41

If the result is unimportant to Nathan and he does not really want more rhubarb then I'll agree with Christopher Hodgkiss - grow the seeds and see what he  gets - however he'll have to wait 3 or 4 years before he gets a plant big enough to make a judgement about the quality of the plants he's grown.

However, what Nathan said he has is an immature crown which is already running to seed - not a trait that I would want to reproduce.

 Good practice is only to propagate from strong and productive plants.

And if he allows an immature crown to run to seed it will weaken it so much it is unlikely to ever grow into a substantial and productive crown, even if it has the energy to survive  the following winter.

If he wants more rhubarb plants my advice is

  • remove the flower stalk from the small crown at it's base.  Do not pick any stalks from that crown this year.  Mulch the plant with well-rotted farmyard manure and keep the soil around it moist in any dry spells. 
  • Next year take a light crop from this crown.  Do not pick after June.
  • Divide the larger crown into two or three plants in November - do not take a crop from the new plants in the following year but mulch and keep moist as before.

In two years' time the smaller crown will be a larger and productive plant and the divided crown will also be cropping.  A much quicker and more reliable way to increase your rhubarb plantation. 

More Plant ID please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:18

Whatever the second one is, it's definitely alive and we won't have to wait too long before it gives us a few more clues as to it's identity 

Can someone Let me know Please

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 19:15

They're Anemone de caen - my Ma's favourite flowers - every year on their wedding anniversary Pa gives her a posy of anemones.  He's been doing it for 67 years! 

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 18:18

Hi Lily  - pretty sure it's not laurentia as the leaves are a classic bulb-type leaf and laurentia isn't a bulb and has lobed leaves.

Can anyone identify this sad specimen?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 18:04

Scilla siberica aka Siberian squill - a bulb, naturalises beautifully in deciduous woodland - I saw a woodland absolutely carpeted with it down in Suffolk about a fortnight ago - a picture 

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