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a funny little corner

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 22:40

Our native Dog rose has very spiny stems to discourage your unwelcome visitors, with the added value that it is quite fast growing and produces pretty flowers in summer and hips in the autumn and doesn't grow too big [about 6- 7 ft].

Goji Berries

Posted: 24/11/2015 at 22:32

Apparently you should nor pamper them. they need maximum sun and poor soil to produce fruit. Mine was in ordinary garden soil and produced nothing but long floppy growths before I evicted it as useless.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 22:29

In America I think Sweet Gum refers to Liquidambar styraciflua.

Name this plant

Posted: 13/11/2015 at 01:27

Description of leaf like a wisteria, plus mixture of single and multi stemmed habits brings Rhus Typhina to mind.

blackcurrant cuttings

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 23:07

You don't need rooting powder for Black Currant cuttings, just stick them in gritty compost and they will root, I have even had them root just sticking a shoot into very clayey soil.

Warm Autumn

Posted: 11/11/2015 at 22:59

Warm, yes; dry, definitely not, lots of rain here in North West. I cannot walk on the lawn at present for fear of impacting the wet clay. Insect life; well, lots of bluebottles flying into the house [windows open due to warmth].


Posted: 10/11/2015 at 22:28

The summer flowering Magnolias which flower when the leaves are out are the Magnolias which have a very strong scent. I think some off the spring ones [flower before leaves emerge] may be scented, but not as strongly as the summer ones and some have no scent at all.


Posted: 05/11/2015 at 00:03

About 15 years ago, when we lived in a near inner city area of Manchester the back door was left open one summer night. Everyone but me had gone to bed and I dozed off whilst reading in a chair. Suddenly caught movement from the corner of my eye, couldn't believe it, hedgehog walking through the dining room. He/she was gently escorted off the premises, everyone very jealous next morning.

rat in compost heap

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 23:52

If wetness drives them away why not give the compost a good soaking of urine? Will also help your compost rot down quicker as well as driving the rat out.

Plant I.D's

Posted: 04/11/2015 at 23:45

No 4 looks like a Medlar, Mespilius germanica.

No7 looks like a hazel but could be a Hammamelis -Witch hazel which have similar leaves though not related.

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