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Japanese Knotweed

Posted: 16/12/2013 at 13:23

It's usually the stems of Japanese knotweed that are used in floral arrangements. Sometimes dried but also fresh stems. (scroll down to "Mysterious Aroid")

Carol, if the arrangements have fresh stems in them, please be careful when disposing of the stems and make sure they can't get composted.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 13:52

Dahmendra, the white spots you are referring to don't look problematic to me. Just some  spider mite damage which at the moment won't do it any harm anymore because apple trees are deciduous so the leaves will be falling of soon. Hope this helps.

Strange leaf? growing from the aphical meristem of apple seedling

Posted: 11/12/2013 at 15:25

I agree with Landgirl100. It certainly could be an apple seedling and most probably it's a wild apple (Malus sylvestris) or a seedling from a crab apple. Here's a good image of a serrated apple leaf.

and this one as well:


Please help identify this plant

Posted: 22/11/2013 at 16:49

Edit: Izzy is probably right.

Azalea leaves not looking good!!

Posted: 19/11/2013 at 14:50

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Azalea leaves not looking good!!

Posted: 18/11/2013 at 15:25

There is a possibility that this is Anthracnose disease.

What's this?

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 13:50

I think the plant to the right could be Mirabilis jalapa or Four o'clock flower.

Virginia Creeper

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 17:13

Rosemary, would it be possible for you to upload a photo of the plant? There is a possibility that it's not a Parthenocissus quinquefolia. Does your plant get berries?

How to clear Oxalis infestation

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 12:03

We use a roofing torch and gas cylinder. OH made a cart for me where he places the cylinder so that I can pull it through the garden and clear the paths and soil wherever I can without touching the other planting.

I found that you need to be persistent with the perennial weeds and burn them away thoroughly and go back within one or two weeks. You may need to go back several times (especially with dandelions) but in the end you win and they loose, hah!! Do be careful with oily plants as they can kind of explode.....


Help Identify Plant?

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 14:08

It's Indian Pokeweed (Phytolacca esculenta). Please, be careful with it as it's poisonous to children and mammals though birds can eat them. Besides that, stains are very hard to remove from paving and out of your new white blouse ( and also any clothes)

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