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clematis-through-apple-tree---ok-or-not

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:32

I can't see any reason not to do this. I have two rather manky old pear trees and I have trained two Viticella-type clematis to grwo through them in the summer. They look really pretty.

beetroot-sowing

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 15:28

I tried an August sowing once and they came to nothing, They germinated and then just stuck there with a few pathetic leaves. They do need a certain amount of warmth, and below that level they just won't grow. But you probably have spare ground and not a lot to lose, so you could give it a try, in the hope of some more hot weather.

Nettles for butterflies

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:50

We have a large clump of stinging nettles in one corner of the garden, which we leave for wildlife, and eventually chuck into the compost heap. This month we've had a sudden influx of small tortoiseshell butterflies (seven flew out of our oregano bed when I walked past it this morning) and I wondered if they'd hatched nearby.

Then I found two little bundles of caterpillars attached to nettle plants (there may be others). They look like the caterpillars of smal tortoiseshells, so it seems that it's been worth leaving the nettles, as this is where they breed.

Raspberries; alive or dead?

Posted: 17/07/2013 at 11:42

You could try scratching away a piece of bark with your fingernail to see whether there's any green underneath it. But I don't think snipping will do any harm anyway.

I think it's likely that anything brown and twiggy is not going to grow now, so what I'd do myself is cut the dead-looking canes down to theground. If the only thing they're attached to is an equally dead bit of root, I'd take the whole thing out, but if there are other live canes nearby, don't disturb them. The good canes will soon put out suckers and provide you wilth more new canes for next year.

Blossom less plum

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:30

But the problem appears to be that there's no blossom in the first place. I've jumped into this thread because I have a similar problem. We have a plum tree that's been planted for 4 or 5 years and it still has no blossom. It's a dual-type tree with two varieties - a damson and an greengage - grafted on to the one stem. The greengage part is now over 2 metres tall, and last year had just two tiny flowers, one of which produced a tiny plum that fell off. This year I think I saw one flower but there are now no fruits. The other part of the tree has never had a flower.

I gave the tree some potash feed in the early spring, but to no avail. It looks quite healthy, but won't flower.

more mystery plants to be identified

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:22

Just spotted some more.

K is speedwell

L is a poppy

M is a nasturtium

N looks like another variety of poppy

more mystery plants to be identified

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:20

C is London Pride (don't know the botanical name).

E is some kind of spurge (euphorbia), possibly sun spurge.

G is scarlet pimpernel

H looks like a potato in flower

I looks like a cornflower in bud

I think J is allysum

Have I reached the pass mark?

Early blight

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:10

I doubt if the blisters are blight. Blight rots the potatoes, and it's early for this to have happened yet. The blisters are probably a bit of scab, which is usually just superficial. If you can scrape or brush the potatoes clean, they'll be fine.

Annoying threads

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 17:48

There's a "Report to Moderator" button at the bottom of this page. I've tried doing that with several kitchen ads. If we all did it, the mods would soon sort it out.

Another weed

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:07

It's quite shallow-rooted and top-heavy so I don't think it would replant easily. If you don't want to get rid of it entirely, leave a small bit, which will probably seed itself and reappear next year.

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