Elaine W

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Identify my mystery plant!

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 20:48

It does look as if it needs a good feed- as the leaves are very pale. Hard to say what it is without any other info. Maybe it'll be clearer when it'sperked up a bit!

olive 'tree'

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:17

THanks Bookertoo,

No they're not from suckers. I've also wondered if it's a response to the weather- or if I've inadvertently overfed it. Just wondered if anyone else had seen this....

olive 'tree'

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 10:52

Alan- this is interesting- but I think you've answered the wrong question by replying to me!! I'm talking about olives!! (You've almost made me feel like trying figs now though!)


olive 'tree'

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 08:44

Hi, I bought a little olive 'tree' in a pot last year. I live on the south coast but as the winter was so awful, I put it in the conservatory for a while. Nevertheless, it did lose a lot of leaves...Now it's outside and growing lots of new leaves but they are very large- about twice the size of the existing one, and very soft. Is this normal? I was expecting them to be smaller and more rigid. Is it just because they're new? Not sure if I have a problem or not....

Thanks in advance.

Talkback: Wildlife ponds and growling frogs

Posted: 17/03/2013 at 16:14

What a great photo! Yes,my experience is the same as others. Here on the south coast it was all action (I counted over 20 frogs in the pond) a few weeks ago but then it went cold and there was lots of spawn but no frogs. They're just starting to come back now though. Why am I not convinced that this means spring is on the way?!

strange 'plums'

Posted: 16/03/2013 at 10:23

Thanks for your reply Joyce- and others. Its hard to explain but if you imagine a fan- the lower branches that fan out from the thick central branch/trunk had ok plums on and the top shorter branches that all tufted out from the top of the main trunk had the mystery ones on. I guess I can just cut those off this year as they start to grow.The trouble is, I don't really know how to deal with plums that have been trained in thisway....I need to look it up.....

strange 'plums'

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 08:53

Ha Ha .   Thanks for the replies again!

Perhaps it has reverted to wild plum, as you say Berghill, as they aren't mishapen at all. I'm not sure what to do with it now. Do you think I should attempt to dig it out (it's prbably been there for many years) ? 

The first Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 15:12

I enjoyed GW on Friday- and managed to stay awake! I usually fall asleep in it (I think it's due to being Friday, relaxing etc). So, I'm not sure if it's a compliment or not, that I managed to watch it all. I'm just hoping that they do include some simple, cheap ideas as well, as others have said- not sure I can dig 2-3 ft and lay the sort of path Monty had, even though it looked good.

strange 'plums'

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 14:36

Thanks for these replies. The odd looking 'plums' (and they are plum in colour and appearance except they are round hard balls, almost like very large marbles), are off the main central stem but the normal plums are on thinner lower stems. All the branches/stems look the same except the central one's much bigger in diameter. There are no other fruit trees in the garden except for a quince at the other end- about 80ft away.They don't look anything like a quince.  Don't know if that clarifies it at all...

strange 'plums'

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 12:59

Hi, I'm new to the forum and am hoping someone can help. I've inherited a neglected plum 'tree' that was originally fanned against a wall I think, but has overgrown. Last year, some branches had some plums on them but the main branch had dozens of little hard round 'plums'- except they weren't plums. I'm wondering what they are and what to do this year to prevent them growing and encourage the others. Ihope this makes sense and thanks in anticipation!

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olive 'tree'

new leaves 
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strange 'plums'

what's going on with my plums that I've inherited? 
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