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Latest posts by ginagibbs

honey fungus

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 16:15

Thanks waterbutts. The inflicted tree stands alone in the middle of a lawned area but is near a large cedar and a monkeypuzzle, both of which I would hate to loose. I dont do much with the surrounding area as far as deep digging, so hopefully, if we leave it undisturbed the chestnut can stay.Will get my treeman to look at it anyway.

Like the bottomless bucket idea, will use that to replace the Japonica.

Have a good weekend folks, hope it doesnt rain as forcast!!

honey fungus

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:23

Help!!!!!!  I have just found this thread as i have been researching Honey Fungus. My old pink chestnut tree has it all round the base and its growing out of the bark in places and on the surrounding lawn. I have emailed my tree surgeon to come and have a look. Does any one know how to identify the killer strain? The only dying plant nearby is a Fatisa Japonica, are they suseptable?

Should I remove all of the fungus or will that make matters worse? Worried as it might spread to my surrounding trees.

Winter Reading

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 10:13

Might try the Richard Briers book Kef, sounds good. Its not reading I know, but I just bought the Victorian Kitchen Garden series (BBC) for my long winter night gardening fest!

Robin watch

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 15:48

we have blackbirds that follow us around and they enjoyed keeping my "plastic covered walk in green house free of flies this summer!

What's happening in my garden!

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 15:45

Hi Louise, re photos, I find they dont always download straight away on this site, you need to try it about 3 times (dont know why, probably a bit buggy!)]

Another tip, come the spring, top dress all your pots with a good layer of fresh compost to give the plants a boost. Good luck


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 15:32

Hi Jean6 a couple of years ago Monty Don showed how to do rose cuttinsg and he made it very simple and clear. I managed to get a couple to take and they are now in bloom


!I did mine outside in some well drained soil (and basically forgot about them for a year!) You might be able to find it again on this site.

Good luck

Free offers

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 09:31

I have bought loads of plants from Morrisons over the years ( i sneak them in with the food shopping!!) and I would say 99% have been successful. Some times I pot them on for a bit, but generally they are good quality and grow well. I bought some Eucomis bulbs last year for £1 each, potted them up and they were fabulous this Autumn.

Never ordered any of these so called free offers though!

What is this little plant?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 14:24

Figet , you are impressive! shame they dont teach Latin in schools (unless you go to Eaton or somewhere equally posh Takes me ages to learn the names so I  prefer to use  the common ones!

Autumn colour

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:51

Hi Happymarion. My horse chestnut tree is looking ablaze with colour. Will post some piccies soon. However my potted Acers are looking a bit crisp around the leaves, I water them well, so any suggestions?

Easy veggies and fruit

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:36

grew leeks for the first time from seed and then transplanted when big enough, v.easy

make a pasta sauce with some with ham, tastes yummy!!

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