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Why have the bluetits attacked the wire of my nest cam?

Posted: Today at 08:36

I still agree with Esspee, definitely a privacy issue!  

Seriously, though, I expect the tape was soft enough for them to be 'arranging' it to their taste.  Good luck with fixing it, because it is an exciting thing to watch when it all starts happening


Have I killed my leaf-curl infected nectarine trees?

Posted: Today at 08:32

I think perhaps that they've succumbed to something. However, I doubt that removing the leaves was the main reason. Plants will just sprout new ones, IF they're not struggling otherwise, perhaps from drought. If there are no flowerbuds (which are the first thing to show) or no leaves emerging yet, then I think they've had it.  Have you scraped back a bit of the bark on any of the stems to see if they're green underneath?  If they're brown, or grey, they're dead!


Just need to vent...

Posted: Today at 08:11

I policed in Brixton and Lewisham 1980 - 1990 before transferring to Hampshire.  It was very intense, even then.  It's horrible to hear about it, so difficult to guard against. I expect the officer killed had no idea he was dealing with someone quite so intent on dealing out death. You just don't expect the worst and long may that continue, otherwise depression would rule for evermore.  I agree re 'sensation press', got to sell the channel or the paper and careless words are often spilled.  Just feel so sorry for everyone hurt and their families. 


Apple tree choice?

Posted: Yesterday at 18:27

Tough ask, poor little tree. Anything will do. Forget autumn colour - that doesn't happen with apples. Fruit will be lovely, whatever the tree, fresh picked. I'd look for an eater like Fiesta Red Pippin, Katy, or another of the Cox derivatives - for the children to eat off the tree.  Get a young tree, stake it well, don't let it fruit the first year,then just LOOK AFTER IT and it'll look after you.


Tree identification

Posted: Yesterday at 18:22

It's fine. The cold does that to the leaves. Looks like eucalyptus pauciflora subsp niphophila.


Euphorbia ID's please!

Posted: Yesterday at 18:17

If 'One' has a dark 'eye', then, yes, Martinii. Two is E. amygdaloides 'Purpurea' and three is E. characias subsp wulfenii.


Help Required

Posted: Yesterday at 08:59

If it's the really spiny one, with stiff leaves and a needle tip to the leaf, then it's yucca gloriosa. Will flower once mature, a beautiful spike of creamy flowers on a tall stem (that's the old flower stem in your picture), usually autumn time. Just be careful where you site it because of the leaf tips.  If the leaves are softer, then it's yucca filamentosa, which doesn't get as tall and isn't quite as dangerous to bump into. Easy to grow, as said above. Good drainage is the key


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Posted: Yesterday at 08:53

Edd, nice one! I found Hayloft plants a little small, but in good condition. I got hellebores from them one year and although the plants were small, they turned out, two years later, to be sellers. I've heard better things about them than about many online suppliers.  Not overly expensive, either


Ornamental trees under 3m tall

Posted: 22/03/2017 at 16:51

Try a look at cercis canadensis 'Avondale' or cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy'. 



Posted: 22/03/2017 at 16:49

One buddleja won't make much difference, I'm sure and the advantages of having flowers for insects is that you'll attract beneficial ones, too, hoverflies and the like, so I wouldn't worry


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