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Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:21

Just lichens. It means that you have good clean air. They won't harm the tree in any way.

Privet Panic

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:18

I wouldn't have thought they needed watering every night.

How tall are they? Are they very bushy?

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:16

Ilike your thinking Clarington.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:47

Cars in for service, so I am in the garden today. Yippeee.. Another cup of coffee, then I'll get at it.

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:35

pH... can be confusing., and amusing.

Many years ago I went on a course on  hair products. I asked the person running the course  if the shampoo was pH balanced. This obviously totally confused her so she asked me if I knew what pH was. Quck answer.. pH is a measure of the potential Hydrogen ion concentration...  (I have an A level in Chemistry). At this point everyone in the room turned round and stared at me. Slow answer... skin is around pH 5 , slightly acid.  Preparations for the skin should be around the same. Alkali Ph 8 to 14 is more dangerous to skin than acid pH 1 to 5. Neutral is around pH 7. 

End of Chemistry lesson, on to gardening...

Chalky soil is alkaline,  good fertile loam is broadly neutral. Acid soil (less than pH6) often contains a lot of peat.

If you have neutral soil you can grow most things.

Alkaline soil good for buddlejas, brassicas (reduces clubroot).

Acid soil good for azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, meconopsis.

So Mike, ignore the WUM and give us the definitive list.

Bonsai Tree dead?

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:17

Sageteria is chinese bird plum which will be decidouos and have no leaves at this time of year. keep it outside in a sheltered position from wind, and keep it damp but not too should grow leaves in April or May.

I do not know what camora? is, please check spelling.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:02

Good evening, folks.  The sun burned the fog off and it was a nice sunny afternoon here, but it has dropped cold now. Shopping and h****work done today, so tomorrow is a gardening day (after the car is serviced.)  Chinese for tea, I'll save you the bamboo shoots, Panda.

Taken over garden - a few ornamental grasses and dogwoods to identify....

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:50

I think that 3 is deschampsia  cespitosa? maybe.  5 and 6 are dogwoods and can be pruned low any time now. 4 the green spiky stuff looks like some sort of crocosmia.

Verdun is the expert on grasses. He should be able to help you.

Runner beans

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 17:34

You'd get away with planting in April in Cornwall. Oop north, we get frosts until late May, and that will kill them.


Posted: 13/03/2014 at 14:58

Osteospermum  voltage yellow is a tender perennial.If you cut it down now, it will bush and reflower this summer.It is usual to take cuttings off tender perennials to overwinter in a frost free place, but this winter is so mild,I think many will have overwintered safely in sheltered positions.

If they are in a pot, I would repot into next size up and feed it.

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