Gardening Grandma

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buried snails

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 12:09

I suppose the kindest way is to drown them in beer, but I favour patrols with a pair of scissors and a quick beheading. It can't be very pleasant being eaten by a bird!!! Will invest in the copper, though, for the really vulnerable plants. Might even be worth growing Delphiniums again!

Free Salvias

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:22

Hi. They are on page 22 in the Subscriber Club section. This seems such an obvious answer that I wonder if I have misunderstood the question.

mystery tree

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:16
Flowerchild wrote (see)

You are absolutely right. This is Salix caprea or Goat Willow. But you will need to prune it to stay small because eventually it will grow into a 14 m. high tree.

Thank you, Flowerchild. i have looked on the Woodland trust website and it gives the average height as 6-10 metres so I'm hoping it won't get much bigger. I know that these things can be unpredictable and that a happy plant can exceed height expectations. Do you have experience of their geting bigger than 10 metres, please?

mystery tree

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 08:49
fotofit wrote (see)

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.


Having looked at another query in this forum, I'm now wondering whether this is a goat willow and I have simple missed the catkins, either because they are small or because I just haven't looked at the right time of year. Until this year, it was behind the greenhouse. I think I have spotted a similar small tree in a nearby garden. If so, I would feel safe in leaving it there.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 20:53

Hostas improve when they have had the chance to mature and make plenty of root. Mine, in the shade of a wall and under shrubs and among cranesbills, are flowering their heads off because they have been there a few years and are well-established. I am just wondering whether this is too good to last and they will peak and then start going downhill. The idea of using hanging baskets is interesting, Quercus Ruber. P.S.Why have you named yourself after the red oak? Just curious.

What am I ?

Posted: 30/06/2012 at 13:40

I'd think this was the solution to my mystery tree (see my photos and thread) if it were not that I haven't spotted any catkins. I suppose they would have appeared by now (after five years)?

mystery tree

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 14:17

This is the whole thing. You can see that the tree is in a corner of the garden, right against the rear boundary and next to what we grandly refer to as the summerhouse.

mystery tree

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 13:19

Here it is, then - I hope!


mystery tree

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 12:33

Thanks so much for your response. It is a deciduous tree- I should have said this. Left to itself, I think it would have quite a round head. As I said, the leaves look like hormbeam, but that would mean a jolly big tree, I believe. But do big trees usually have a divided trunk? It looks to me as though it will be a relatively small tree, but this could be because it is just plain young. I don't want to bring down next door's wall. Even as things are, it will be diufficult to get it down without invading other people's gardens. I have already visited the website you mention, and brought the choice down to about two or three trees, but I was too ignorant to go any further. None seemed to fit completely. I will post a photograph if I can work out how to do it!!

mystery tree

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 22:48

Hi. Five years ago, while I was seriously ill, a seedling came up behind our greenhouse, next to the boundary wall. In ordinary circumstances, I'd have pulled it out, but it was already around five feet high when, three years later, I resumed gardening. Now it is over twenty feet high!  I was glad it came up, because it provides a green backdrop to my small garden and provides a screen from the houses behind, but obviously if it is a large tree I'll have to have it taken down asap. It has a divided trunk (i.e. two trunks) of a pale, greyish colour, and single, mid-green, serrated, single leaves alternating rather than in pairs. They look rather like the leaves of a hornbeam or wild cherry, but I can find no  catkins, flowers or even seeds, though there must be something, I suppose. Any guidance would be gratefully received!

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