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Unknown tree in the garden. Help!

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:34

If you look at the leaflets silhouetted against the sky you can the little serrations on the leaf edge which are found in Rowans but not Ash trees.

Welsh poppy

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:47

The true welsh variety of Meconopsis cambrica is difficult to grow, rarely found outside its normal range. The Welsh poppies found in peoples gardens including mine with mixed yellow and orange forms come from a natural varity in the Pyrenees.

What tree is this?

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 22:42

Just a guess, Magholia x soulangeana? Overall sprawling shape of tree and shape and size of leaves, however Magnolia that size should have been covered in flowers earlier this month.

Gooseberry problems

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 12:54

Does it flower? You will never get fruit if there are no flowers. If it is flowering are there pollinating insects around in your garden as gooseberries flower quite early? Lack of sun might delay the plant starting to flower, though it usually would have started after 3 years. Pollinating insects usually start on plants in sunny places in early springas they need the warmth.

Unknown plant in my garden - help!

Posted: 25/05/2016 at 09:50

The leaves look broader and softer than a normal Larch. You may be very lucky and have a Pseudolarix amabilis the Golden larch.


Posted: 24/05/2016 at 01:08

Hi Laura

There are many species and varieties of Magnolia, some are very vigorous, some very slow growing and can have very variable lifespans so it would help us if you can tell us what species or variety they are. In general they dislike poor sandy soils and do well on clay soils a long as they are not waterlogged. Most prefer a slightly acid soil but some do tolerate limy soils.

Spend a lot of time preparing their planting hole, this will repay you in the long run. Mix compost and slow release fertilizer [such as blood fish and bone] with soil you have removed from your planting hole [square holes better for plants that have been in pots] and gently spread roots out in the hole. When you refill the soil do it to the same level on the stem as it was in the pot. It is usual to plant level with surrounding ground unless your soil gets wet in winter in which case the plant should be on a shallow mound. Water the pot before planting and water again once planted. For the first summer you will need to water it regularly.As they are only 40-50 cm high they should not require staking.

Blueberry and goji berry

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:55

There seem to be a lot of people with problems getting Goji berries to fruit. Like Bob  I planted mine in good garden soil and was rewarded with vigorous growth and no flowers, one shoot was 7ft long. I have now consgned it to very poor soil in a sunny spot. indications are they do need as much sun as possible. Amongst theories I have come across for non fruiting are:

1] A very poor flowering clone is being sold in many British outlets.

2] like Blue berries you need two different varieties to get a good set of fruit.

Not heard of Goji berries needing ericaceous soil, try re-poting with a lot of grit a a little top soil.

Unidentified Tree

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:34

The long thin needles identify it as one of the 5 needle pines a.k.a white pines. The one most commonly found in Britain is Pinus wallichiana, the Bhutan Pine. Something as drastic looking as that might be due to root problems, drought or water logging. If on checking your soil that is not the problem then it is most likely a disease.  I am not sure what specific diseases they suffer from but there are quite a lot of fungal diseases around that that attack conifers..

Bushes for screening

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:19

What about Berberis julianae? Solid evergreen, yellow spring flowers and stops at about 12 ft and also keeps burglars out with its spines. Reasonably quick growing.

Laburnum tree

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 23:11

I read somewhere that it takes about 16 pods to kill a child, which is an awful lot to eat of something very unpalatable. I don't know how toxic the plant is to dogs as different animals have different susceptibilities to different plants. Rabbits can tolerate Laburnum far more than humans, on the other hand humans are far more tolerant of onions than dogs which can be poisoned by very little of that vegetable, Probably best to see if there are any actual records of people killed by laburnum as a way of assessing the danger.

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