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Posted: Today at 08:32

It looks a lovely spot Pansyface. I have to say my favourites were the harebells, they may be common but they are delightful.

Tree. Identification

Posted: Today at 08:14


Some mulberries do take years to come to flower, however you showed a picture of the flowers, so it is not lack them that is the problem. I know the Black Mulberry bears male and female flowers on the same tree, and so it self pollinates, The Red and White mulberries tend to bear flowers of one sex only on the tree which means you need two trees with male an female flowers to pollinate them.

Please could you help Identify this plant?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 23:06

Common name of Lysimachia is Yellow Loosestrife, if you have good soil it can spread very invasively, so ensure you keep it confined. 


Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:38

My sister is a member of the Woodland Trust and passes me  the Trust's magazine, "Broadleaf" to read. There was an excellent article in the last copy she gave me about foraging for food. Most of it was an interview with Gill Meller, head chef at River Cottage, but towards the end there some remarks from Simon Rogan who has an award winning restaurant at Cartmel, just south of the Lake District. What stunned me was the following quote; "In Cartmel we have many unusual herbs that are unique to the area - things like Sweet Cicely, Wood Sorrel and Mugwort." Now perhaps Mr Rogan is unique in making commercial culinary use of these ingredients, I don't know enough to judge. However I do know that Mugwort [ I assume he means Artemisia vulgaris ] can be found alongside rose bay Willow herb, Buddleia and Ragwort on most waste ground areas in Britain. Wood sorrel can be found in damp areas of woods across Britain. I am not sure of Sweet Cicely's distribution in Britain, but it is abundant in the valleys around here to the east on Manchester. This led me to wonder about genuine local food plants. I know around Bath they have species of Ornithigalum called Bath Asparagus. Are there any wild food plants you know of that are peculiar to the part of the world you live in?. 

Tree. Identification

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:17


The usual Mulberry grown in Western Europe is Morus nigra, the Black Mulberry form Iran. Have a look at Morus alba, the White Mulberry from China and Morus rubra, the Red Mulberry from the south east of the USA, it might be one of those, both of which will both grow in the south of France.

Mystery tree

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 08:05

Hi Reg

I am not certain , but the foliage and flowers make me think it is a Mulberry , probably the Black one, Morus nigra. If it is it is a nice vigorous looking young specimen.  However I would wait for further replies to be sure of what it is, as I certainly could be wrong on this.


Are these wild raspberries?

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:58

It is definitely a species of Rubus, and there are no poisonous members of the genus [check this on the internet] but not all are pleasant to eat. I would certainly try one, you can always spit it out if it tastes nasty.

Whitebeam problems

Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:49

Hi Abby

If your whitebeam was a standard tree when you planted it [like Mrs T tree was] then they usually take 3 years for the roots to settle in, even longer in adverse conditions. I would suggest patience and give it 2 or 3 years more and then make a decision.

Are these wild raspberries?

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 08:56

It could be Rubus tricolor, an evergreen member of the raspberry family from east Asia. I remember it being planted as a ground cover plant in some parks and cemeteries where I used to work. The stems were red and hairy , very like Japanese Wineberry and the leave glossy. The fruit was like small raspberries, edible and quite sweet but lacking the Raspberry fragrance. Be warned, if it is this plant it is a rampant grower.

Can soft fruit bushes be transformed by pruning into cordons?

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 23:14


Whilst Gooseberries and red currants can be grown as cordons, Black currants are not suited to this form of training. They also need more space as bushes than the other two.

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