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mystery tree

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:24

Forgot to say quercus_ruber that I downloaded theTreeID app and think it's really good - certainly makes one think about the detail of tree characteristics. I'm going to try the birdsong app next. Although we don't have cats we do have some that visit the garden - not sure what they would make of it !!! 

Feeding tomatoes with powdered milk

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:17

That's really interesting and helpful information Italophile. Thank-you. I'm going to try liquid coffee to deter slugs/snails and so could add the milk for its supposed anti-fungal properties. I'm quite open to trying different ideas as long as the cost is not excessive.

I do agree with quercus_ruber that trials of these anecdotal accounts would be a good idea. 

What was the name of that lovely plant

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:10

That's great kate1123 - sounds a really good buy. I do agree about the biennials this year and am thinking of growing some hardy annuals later in the year to overwinter indoors ready to plant out next year - sounds a bit extreme maybe but I have lost so many spring sown annuals this year to slugs and snails but those in the garden which self-seeded last year are doing very well !! 

mystery tree

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 21:01

Lovely photos Gardening Grandma. The tree does look a fine specimen but I can understand why you might think it's not in the right place !! I'm afraid I can't place the identity of the tree but the leaves look familiar !!!

Sorry I cannot be more helpful but I'm sure others will know what it is from the photos. 

What was the name of that lovely plant

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:29

Hi again kate1123 - given the winter weather of late I'm sure spring/summer is just around the corner !!!! Many plants/shrubs in our garden are quite late this year but equally others - verbena bonariensis, for example - are getting ready to flower !! As long as seeds are not terribly expensive I don't stick too much to sowing times and fortunately, I can overwinter in an unheated greenhouse or small conservatory. 

This is usually the time of year for sowing biennials so don't think you can go wrong.

Do let us know how you get on. 

mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:19

That app sounds brilliant quercus-ruber as this morning whilst in the garden I could hear a bird which I did not recognise and whilst I could not identify which of the trees it was in I'm sure the app would have helped - am going to investigate now !!! 

What was the name of that lovely plant

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:13

Hi Kate 1123 - the seeds were sown in seed tray in potting shed at beginning of May 2011, germinated within 2 weeks, pricked out in June and planted in ground in September 2011. I used to keep notes on when seeds were sown etc - had to abandon it as needed more time to prick out, pot on and then plant out - not to mention deadheading and weeding etc etc !!!

As mentioned, I'm going to let one or two self-seed this year but also thought I might try sowing some seed in September and see what happens. The ones in the garden will be going to seed soon so, seems to me, seed could be sown now, perhaps ?

Hope this is helpful and not too confusing !! 

mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 23:01

Hi Gardening Grandma - a photo could be helpful but from what you say about the rate of growth eucalyptus springs to mind. However, cannot be sure as the leaves are usually not serrated, in my experience. Flowers are very small and insignificant so easily missed. 

If it is eucalyptus it can be pollarded perhaps without having to be removed - professional advice or view of experienced friend/neighbour might be a good idea.

Eucalyptus shrubs/trees tend to be evergreen so if your tree is deciduous this response from me can be ignored !!! Also, after time, some varieties shed their bark which is an attractive feature, in my view, as it makes it more interesting !!

Perhaps other forumites will have more suggestions !!  

Talkback: Growing herbs

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:48

Hi there - in Spain and USA coriander is called cilantro so I've always assumed it's the same herb !!! 

I've grown coriander from seed for a few years now - best to grow it in situ, with some shade but plenty of warmth for leaf production - harvest leaves regularly and from the top if seed head developing - this encourages leaves from below. Plant readily goes to seed if insufficient water but seeds are a useful spice so a good plant for both leaves and seeds. Interestingly, the leaves and seeds have quite different flavours.

I don't know too much about basil although have both green and purple seedlings at the moment. Have decided to take Monty's advice and plant them in greenhouse with the tomatoes and not outdoors. I think that he said basil requires heat and not too much water.

I also read an article recently about commercial herb plant suppliers who "stroke" their seedlings to encourage them to produce stronger stems - am always willing to give anything a go so am doing this with the basil and other thin stem seedlings - all are doing well but not a scientific experiment so don't know how they would be doing in the absence of "stroking" !!!

I don't know of different varieties of coriander so cannot shed any light Adam Pasco about 'leisure' but would be interested to hear from others as I must say that I prefer the leaves to the seeds 

What was the name of that lovely plant

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:25

Hi Hollie-Hock - I planted the seedlings beginning of September 2011 in a panic as we were setting off for a tour of France in a motorhome for a few months !!!

Soil was ordinary garden soil - not clay but moisture retentive and relatively free draining - sounds impossible but I'm sure you'll know what I mean !! Have two groups in areas several yards apart but common feature is that they receive sun for most of the day - when it's not been raining that is !!!

Haven't grown the plants before but definitely intend to continue to do so and am interested to see what develops next year - can't believe I'm thinking about next year already !!! 




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