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Bush Identification and advice...

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 10:05

The winter temperatures in New Jersey are lower than those in lowland Britain so should rule out any tender shrubs like Griselinia. I think Skimmia is related to Citrus, so may be identifiable by aroma if leaves are crushed.

Fruit Trees Manchester

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:53

There are certainly dessert Apples that will fruit here, there are varieties that will produce fruit much further north in Scotland. Some local councils in Greater Manchester have planted orchards with many older varieties of apple to see how they perform, an example is at Reddish vale. I don't think any Citrus are hardy up here, even in Cornwall I think they are limited in what kinds will grow outside. You could grow a clementine in a conservatory.

Fish thieving magpies!

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 09:47

Magpies are certainly adept at getting food. Twenty years ago I remember walking in an old cemetery when I saw a magpie hanging around the base of a headstone. Looking closer there was an underground wasps' nest, with regular stream of wasps going in and out. Every so often the the magpie plucked a wasp out of the stream and consumed it. The wasps failed to take any action against the magpie. 

Interloper ID please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:48

Definitely not Beech, leaf too symetrical for Elm, could be Hornbeam, but looks more like Cherry.

Fruit Trees Manchester

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:27

If you have a south or south west facing wall and good drainage then a Fig will succeed on the wall. Quite a lot of Plum varieties can be grown around here. Judging by the huge Pear trees I have seen near old farms there are also varieties of Pear that will succeeed, but you will probably have to seek out some older local varieties rather than the ones offered normally.

Sweet Cicely

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 09:05

If you rub a leaf of Sweet Cicely there is a lovely aniseed scent lacking in Cow parsley. Sweet Cicely generally looks a more compact plant.

What is this plant?

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 09:55

Do any neighbours have a cherry or plum tree? Looks like a sucker from a plant in the Rose family


Posted: 17/05/2015 at 23:14

Got home about 4.30 p.m. to find excited children. A kestrel had flown into the window and hurt itself. It was fluttering between plant pots to conceal itself. Other birds like starlings were going mad chattering away at it. I phoned the RSPCA who said they would come and get it if it didn't go away. It managed to get up on our fence where it had a clear view to spot any cats and stayed for about 3 hours then suddenly fluttered off, clearly hurt but recovered enough to head for a tree, from which it disappeared. Seen up close they are very handsome birds.

black eye peas

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 15:37

I have a book of James Wong called Home grown revolution and  I agree with the principles of what he says as has been outlined by G. archaeologist. However I disagree with some of the individual plants he eulogises such a the Goji berry. I grow fruit/veg that is:

1) Hard to find in shops e.g Tayberry, some salad leaves.

2) Easy to grow yet expensive in the shops, e.g Gooseberries, black currants

3) Much better fresh e.g most slad plants

4) tastier varieties can be home grown, Strawberries are the classic example

Wisteria to bloom

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 11:04

I can see loads of the small green racemes on it. Wisteria is one of my favourite climbers, but I think it is my wife's favourite plant. We used to live in a terrce house and we had a wisteria in a big pot in the back yard, plenty of sun but it never flowered in 8 years. When we moved here we brought it with us, but it failed to transplant successfully. Whenever we pass a Wisteria in bloom my wife asks me, "when will ours flower", all I could say was patience is neeeded with them. So started from scratch with a new plant and now after another 7 years waiting it has delivered the goods. The joy on her face when I told her that she would finally [been trying about 20 years] get her Wisteria flowers warmed my heart.

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