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Botanical name

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 11:13

DimWit, I think you should change your name   'cause it looks like that's the right answer!! Good find

What are these?

Posted: 23/10/2014 at 10:40

Could they be thrips?

Botanical name

Posted: 17/10/2014 at 14:44


I think it's Alternanthera ficoidea 'Tricolor'. It might be another cultivar though.  Alternanthera species are also known as Parrot Leaf or Joseph's Coat.

Need help identifying (and saving) this small plant

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:53

Looks like the plant my Mum loves and which I hate (really nasty smell ) , Exacum affine, or Persian Violets. They come in 3 colours, blue, lilac and white.

They do well in direct light, but they will also do well behind glass curtains. You don't have to remove dead flowers, but to encourage new flower buds you could pinch the old ones out.  


Botanical name

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:10

It's a plant called Grewia occidentalis, also known as Grewia caffa.

problems with pear tree

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 11:37

Hi Buddyboy,

Sorry that it took me so long to reply to you, but we have been on vacation for a couple of weeks. We only returned last weekend and there were some matters that needed handling first.

Now, about Stemphylium vescarium, I have found this document  for you: 

I couldn't find anything written by the RHS, but if you google on Stemphylium vescarium, there are other documents to be found, although not necessarily about the situation in the UK. But maybe you could ask about it at  the government department that published the document?

Okay, now let's go into  the matter of the "dead" bark and cutting through barriers. In the Netherlands it indeed used to be common practice to take a piece of bark away (not always dead bark) and judge the tree's situation. But over the years, experts have come to the conclusion that this practice more often than not damages the tree more than the wound does.

After intensive experiments at Wageningen University (among others), it became quite clear that, given the time, trees are very capable of healing themselves by overgrowing wounds, which is explained by the C.O.D.I.T.-principle. There's a lot of documentation to be found about that principle, but this one explains it in simple words:

We do cut off small branches as some diseases can be identified by discolorations within the tree.

I think you might be able to learn more if you contact a European Tree Worker. More and more people are learning what magnificent creatures trees actually are, what they mean to our environment and how to take care of them, but we're still a long way from understanding Mother Nature.

Kind regards, Flowerchild 


 (BTW, sorry for the long post)




What is the name of this shrub?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 19:02

It's Ligustrum japonicum 'Texanum' or a cultivar.

What is the name of this shrub?

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 12:09

As this picture is taken from a rather close position, could it perhaps be oval-leaved privet (Ligustrum ovalifolium)?

problems with pear tree

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:40

Goodmorning  john boy3,

Your Pear tree is suffering from Brown Spot Disease. Scientific name: Stemphylium vesicarium.

Root damage is indeed possible, but the wound in the first picture looks like it's an old one which the tree has already healed itself. If you open that wound again, you'll also cut through the barriers inside  which may lead to another infection or it may start rotting away. My advice would be to leave that wound intact.

I think you should take your picture to a fruit nursery and ask their advice, maybe even ask if they have the time to come and have a look at it. Old trees are very valuable for birds and other wildlife and most of the time they make a excellent feature in a garden.


Albizia julibrissin

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 10:00

Hehehe TM, yep I geddit!   It remains a 'fascinating' subject, doesn't it ((geddit too? ) Is this when you write "no pun intended"???))

You're  welcome, I loved to help you TM. I'm curious though, whatever dìd happen at the RHS? Sorry if I'm too nosey, just say so if you think I am...

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