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Plant ID

Posted: Yesterday at 14:48

I think you need to be clearer about which plant you want to ID, there are a few there.

Shrub ID please

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 11:23

Could it be Eucryphia glutinosa, the deciduous one? The flowers do look a bit smalll though.

Ornamental trees

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 11:14

For medium size flowering trees consider some of the alternative horse chestnuts.

Aesculus indica-elegant dark foliage and horse chesnut flowers in summer.

Aesculus flava  - yellow buckeye yellow horse chesnut flowers in spring and lovely autumn colour.

Neither grows as large as the common horse chestnut.

If you in S.E England or east midlands  there are the Catalpas, the Indian bean but also Catalpa speciosa and Catalpa x erubescens.

An easy to grow one is Manna ash, Fraxinus ornus - looks like a smalller common ash but has ornamental flowers in May.

Problem with Magnolia

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 12:25

Any signs of slime trails? Snails love magnolia and will climg quite high to eat the leaves. They also usually leave the leaf ribs on older leaves.

Evergreen climber - white flowers - partial shade

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 22:49

I have a Clematis armandii, inherited from previous owner.  The plant will grow in the shade, but it only started flowering when it climbed through the shading tree and reached light.

buying a new shed

Posted: 28/09/2015 at 22:46

Thanks for your advice, first thing I'll do is make a base.

Privet hedge

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 18:25

Privets produce the most nauseating smelling flowers, they make me heave, I cross the road to avoid them when in flower. Most privet hedges are of Ligustrum ovalifolium which is a vigourous evergreen from the far east. Although it flowers readily here it doesn'yt fruit that well and the berries very small dull things. I think the Privet Redwing has in mind is our native Ligustrum vulgare, deciduous in hard winters and a poor semi -evergreen in mild winters [ not a great hedge plant] . However it does produce a lot of glossy black berries and looks quite impresive in fruit.

buying a new shed

Posted: 26/09/2015 at 18:06

My current shed is falling apart and I have decided to replace it with a bigger one, looking at 8ft x 6ft. Please could you advise me on whether to choose wood or metal. Security is an important factor as I will store my lawn mower and strimmer in the shed. I would like to know what your preference is and the reasons for your preferred choice.


Posted: 23/09/2015 at 21:45

Raspberries natural home is woodland. They like a mildly acid soil with plenty of leaf mould or other neutral or slightly acidic form of compost.

Propagating and Growing Bilberries

Posted: 20/09/2015 at 14:05

I have picked whinberries in west peak district for years and the finest performing bushes were in light shade under sessile Oak and Birch [ Betula pubescens ]. The bushes were drawn up in height by the shade [ about 2 to 4 ft in height and the berries were much easier to spot ]. They like the same type of soil as Heather but prefer the damper areas to those favoured by heather. You will need a lot of bushes to get a decent crop as the berries are much smaller than Blueberries. When raw they are not as good as Blueberries lacking their sweetness. When cooked their flavour is much more intense than blueberries, they make better pies, jam and ice cream/sorbet. Blueberries do make a better cheesecake.

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