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Leaf ID please

Posted: 13/11/2016 at 14:44

it was very good of you to help me find the name of this, it drives me crazy if I can't find out..  I found photos of Ruscus Hyperphyllum and was surprised to see how it flowers. Amazed me actually, never having seen a plant whose leaves flower. Thankyou very much. 😊

Crab apple jelly time.

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 21:11

I love quince jelly but never had the opportunity to make any. I only got one quince fruit from my quince.... 

Crab apple jelly time.

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 21:07

I just wash the crab apples, stew them whole, stalk and all, in my largest pan with only enough water to cover them. Pour the softened fruit into a bowl with a muslin cloth draped in and over it. Tie the muslin cloth corners together, thread string through the loops and hang it from my over bench cupboard door handle. Let it drip overnight into the bowl. Measure the liquid next day and add 7 parts sugar to 10 parts liquid. ( that's the only ratio I've found) pour into a large pan and boil rapidly until setting point is reached.

It doesn't matter what colour your crab apples are, the jelly always comes out a lovely pink colour. If you want clear jelly dont squeeze the bag, if you don't mind cloudy jelly you can squeeze more juice out. 

Leaf ID please

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 19:01

These stems came in a bouquet of flowers and I was intrigued by the leaves. There is a spot in the same place on the back of each leaf and I wonder if it is a seed? At first I thought it was put there by the florist and then thought it was a type of bug! I would love to know what plant/shrub it comes from.

Sheds are in fashion, here is mine :)

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 06:04


Sheds are in fashion, here is mine :)

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:33

Aym, it saves the long run down to the house that you put off til the last minute...

What is this plant?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:30

Thanks Sooty, I have taken a look at some Nemesia and you are quite right that's what it is.  

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:22

Yes afraid so. We have to start on another one this week.

Gardening Questionnaire

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 09:16


Curious - what do you think?

Posted: 01/11/2016 at 08:32

I would say that there's a world of difference between being a designer of a garden and a gardener. It looks good at completion of the design but then the long term maintainence to keep it looking good begins. 

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Leaf ID please

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What is this plant?

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Pond care

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What can I grow a border under a tree.

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