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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 18:40

Hello Bev. How are things?. I thought you had got lost when the forum played up last week.

George Barnes' Greatest Gardens

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:58

You could put photos on the "gardens  visited 2013" thread


Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:52

I went to John Masseys garden, behind Ashwood nursery, in Kingswinford, yesterday.

 It was open for NGS.

 Ghostly deer made from chickenwire.

 Swan sculpture in the prairie grass at the side of the canal.



Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:41

They will collapse with the first frost. Nasturtium seeds are so cheap, I would not bother spending money on heat to bring them through a winter.


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:38

 Compost corner. left to right. Tardis, Rotol, Dalek.(Other dalek not in view)

 Dalek lifted off, compost ready to move left.

Multi-stemmed copper beech

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 17:17

Do you like it? If not I would take it out completely. If you do like it, then just cut it down to below the size you want it to be. It will resprout.  If you want it as a smallish shrub, you can then keep it within bounds. I dont think a 20ft copper beech 20ft from the house is the best use of a small garden. There are plenty of small trees or large shrubs that would give you more interest through the year.


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:50

Continue with the ericaceous feed. Well done for keping a pot plant for 17 years. I gave my friend one of these for her birthday. She killed it within 3 months.

Pink scabs on reverse of oak leaf

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:48

We had loads of these last year. In october the floor was littered with these galls which fell off. The year before we had crown galls. It doesn't hurt the tree. This year there is a bumper crop of acorns.

Pink scabs on reverse of oak leaf

Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:46

Common spangle galls (Neuroterus quercusbaccarum) on the underside of an oak leaf (Quercus petraea) on Dundreggan. These are caused by the agamic generation of the wasps.


‘Currant’ affairs

One species of wasp (Neuroterus quercusbaccurum) develops in tiny disc-like spangle galls, which are abundant on the undersides of oak leaves in the autumn. The galls drop to the forest floor, where the grubs develop over winter under the cover of fallen oak leaves. In the spring an all-female generation emerges. These are ‘agamic’, meaning that they are able to reproduce without mating. They lay their eggs in oak buds, producing currant galls on the catkins and leaves. The sexual generation of male and female wasps emerge from the currant galls in June, mate, and then lay their eggs on the undersides of the leaves. Spangle galls develop, and so the cycle continues.


Posted: 29/09/2013 at 16:38

with the dalek. I fill it up and then let it sink. I lift the whole plastic cylinder off and move it to next to pile of stuff. then I throw part rotted stuff back in again. Then it goes in the Tardis (square black thing) for maturing until next spring. I cant lift that off , so it comes apart.(4 sides and a lid that supposed to slot together) Its currently strapped up with duck tape.

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