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Green waste bin smothered in white bugs

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 20:42

Could you post the photo using the camera icon at the right of  the tool bar.

Tree Lillies

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 20:05

Trim off the spent flower head. Leave it until end of September when the leaves will fall off. You can then tip them out, prune the stem off.

Pond plant

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 13:44


 use the camera icon in the toolbar to upload photos.

want hide wall

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 13:43

 The programme is on ITV.

It is by London Stone Designclad

Is this a damson tree?

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 13:37

Have you got an in focus picture of the fruit (opposite end to the stalk)?

If it is smooth it is probably a damson. Cut it in half and it will have a stone similar to a plum stone. If it has a star shaped structure it is a crab apple. Cut in half it will look like the inside of an apple with pips.


Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:51

I soak mine in rain water with some added baby bio for orchids, once a week, for half an hour then I let it drain. Mine sit in a North facing window so do not get direct sunshine.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:46

Yes. Just use a soil  or loam based compost.

6 foot Corkscrew hazel

Posted: 13/08/2017 at 11:45

I would delay digging it  out a couple of months if you want it to live. Pot into a big pot. Sell when it looks like it has survived the winter and starting into growth.

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 22:51

That is where I first came across it. I thought it a useful idea.

Pitcher or Burr Knot Apple trees.

Posted: 12/08/2017 at 21:56

There are amongst the old apple varieties, types of apple known as  Burr Knot or Pitcher Apple trees. These produce adventitious roots from Burrs on the branches. Apparently if you "Pitch" a branch, it will root where it lands. This  was a useful method of propagation when the intricacies of bud grafting was not widely known. These hardwood cuttings were a common method of spreading good plants around an area.

From Gloucestershire orchard trust..

"" ‘burr-knot’ or ‘pitcher’ trees. That is they carry blastophores or clusters of adventitious roots on their branches. Historically this type of trees was valued amongst small holders and farmers who hadn’t mastered the skill of grafting which was considered rather a mystical art in times past. The presence of a gene pool of these trees may indicate a remnant manifestation of primitive arboriculture in the area.""

 Has anyone got one of these and successfully rooted hardwood cuttings off of it?

Last edited: 12 August 2017 21:57:18

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