Latest posts by fidgetbones

Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:42

I looked at the twigs dropped by my oak, and they have a clear abscission zone, similar to the one at the end of leaf petioles when they drop. I found out that this can be caused by environmental conditions. I go back to my original conclusion, that it was due to the dry year. Expect an early leaf fall this year.

Am I a saddo?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 18:38

 You'll have to buy next door..... OH already did. We bought the house on the other side to save the oak trees, (and double the size of the garden.)

Unfortunately 5 acres of prime building land, with access roads already in position, will go for millions, and to hell for the wildlife in their little oasis. It would be nice if someone would want it for the large house, and keep the wild wood. Realistically it will never happen.


Am I a saddo?

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 17:04

I know that when my next door neighbour dies, the wood will be sold,we will lose all the wildlife, and about 50 houses put on it as it is designated building land. At that point I will sell up as well and look for a new place. My neighbour was born in 1919.....

I know I should be taking cuttings etc, but there comes a point at which I think, where on earth am I going to put it all? I moved into this place with a huge pantechnicon load of stuff. I will need at least 2 , one just for garden stuff.


Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:58

That sounds painful, Dove. I hope you have some heavy duty painkillers.

Its a lovely day here. Lots of insects buzzing around. I've taken a few photos to put on later when I can get on t'other computer. OH is hogging it at the mo.

I hope Verduns mum is OK.

 I am visiting Mum and Dad tomorrow. The district nurse is coming to check on Dad, then if we have time, I will take Mum on a visit to Norwell nurseries near Newark.

I have put my surplus seed on the seed wishlist if anyone wants anything please PM me.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 16:50

my seed list. all out of my garden.

Aquilegias, mainly doubles or barlow type.

raspberry ripple(red and white many layers)

nora barlow, red barlow, black barlow, lilac pom pom.

Mirabilis jalapa

Paeonia mlokosewitchsii blushing molly

Thalictrum black stockings

Thalictrum aquilegifolium

Thalictrum sphaerostachyum

Francoa sonchifolia

Salvia patens deep blue

Angelica gigas but green flowered not red, might be mislabelled.

Tall cosmos. deep pink flowered.

Pale pink astrantia

Mullein  biennial verbascum bananas and custard.

Anybody wanting any, please PM me your address, and what you want.



Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:43

For oak decline,especially sudden oak decline caused by weeping bacterial cankers and cracks, see here


Oak tree problems

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:38

Over the last few years we have had crown galls on the acorns, leaf spangle gall on the leaves, and this year the leaves look like they have been blasted with a shot gun. From below, the leaves are peppered with holes.  It still has plenty of acorns.

Oaks are host to more insects than any other native tree. The  birds eat the insects , and a natural balance is obtained.

I would need one of those cherry picker things to even contemplate spraying the oaks. Its a total non starter.  They were growing before my great grandad was born, and have survived everything the weather has thrown at them in 150years. I expect them to survive without my interference. Dead wood was taken out by a tree surgeon 2 years ago, he reckoned that they would need nothing doing in the next 20 years.

Heather look at Oak spangle gall. It produces discs on the leaves that then fall off.

We had a bad infestation one year. The next year nothing.


Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:27

Feet up dove, and take it easy for a few days.

for a twisted ankle.. RICE


Ice(or bag of frozen peas),

Compression,(strap it up)

Elevation.(get your feet up on that sofa and give the remote control a bashing with your good hand.)

Lots of hugs.xx

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 15:24

Flowers of sulphur is traditionally used to dust dahlia tubers with, after drying off by cutting the tops off and laying on one side.If you google it there are plenty of suppliers on amazon. I dont use anything and  at least 90% usually survive the winter. I pot them up into fresh compost when they start growing.

I've never had any problems with tubers forming. I mix in blood fish and bonemeal at planting time and then let them get on with it. Its too late now to make any difference this year.

Overwintering Dahlias

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 14:41

Seedling dahlias will develop tubers by now. If you gently knock them out of the pot, they will be pressing on the edges of the pot by now.

You can leave them in the ground but it depends on where you live. Here in the midlands they usually freeze and die. Last year they didn't but the slugs got them as soon as they grew in spring. I usually lift mine, and store the tubers in old compost in a frost free greenhouse.   You could store in the pots, but is essential that they do not freeze.

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