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Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:51

When we had a young Victoria plum tree we kept an eye on the branches and as they began to get weighed down with fruit we supported them  with clothes props 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 15:46

I really wouldn't walk on it - set up some sprinklers that will cover the lawn (using boards to walk on while you set them up).

Don't over-water - it can cause more problems than it cures -  whereabouts are you - is the weather stll very dry and sunny or have you had some of the recent rain?


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:38

Strange - the first photo appears to have been taken from over the other side of the new fence panel shown in the second photo.

The second photo appears to have been taken at a distance and zoomed in on - possibly taken some time earlier than the first.

I sense a mystery 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:17
nutcutlet wrote (see)

they're viable but I've never tried eating one

Don't eat one Nut!!! 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 14:14

It's a Robin's Pincushion, caused by a variety of gall wasp - it's not doing any real damage to your rose bush. 

A fascinating exanple of nature at work in your garden.


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:16
blairs wrote (see)

Sand and clay sounds a good prep base for laying turf. 

Think you'd have potential drainage problems if it was compacted, as I suspect it was if it was prepared in order to lay artificial turf 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:14

Obviously a born supervisor 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:08

Never known the corkscrews to straighten out - can't see how that's possible 

What can happen is that suckers from the rootstock grow and are not removed, these grow straight as in the ordinary hazel, and they will then 'take over' the shru and dominate.  They should be pruned off or better still pulled down and away from the stock at their base as this will remove the growing point. 


Posted: 27/08/2013 at 10:05

Looks like one of the hemps to me - most likely one of the 'industrial' varieties used for manufacturing textiles rather than one of the other more 'specialised' variaties. 


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 10:39

Depends what's happened in those 16 years David - if it was smothered by other shrubs growing around it it could've ended up looking just like a weedy and malnourished sapling struggling for the light which is what it looks like to me.  That bent and distorted stem indicates that at some time it's struggled to find the sunlight.

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