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What tree is this?

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 10:30

Do you have Wood pigeons in Scotland? If so, they will take most of the crop.

Could you ID this for me please ?

Posted: 02/08/2017 at 10:23

Agree with Fritillary looks like Balsam Poplar.

Have I been wasting my time?

Posted: 30/07/2017 at 09:33

I have always placed netting over those fruits I consider likely to be taken by birds [Strawberries, blueberries, red currants etc]. This year due to having to deal with some educational issues for my youngest that took up loads of time, I only managed to net the Strawberries. I fully expected fruit to disappear. No, strings of red currants like bright jewels hung down untouched, I have had my biggest harvest ever. Blueberries are ripening untouched. Is this because there are no birds? No, within 10 feet of the red currants and 6 feet from the blueberries  is a Fuchsia Riccartonii. This frequently has five or si Wood pigeons on it tearing at the flowers. When the Pigeons are absent smaller birds come for the flowers all of them ignoring luscious fruit within a few feet.  Have I been lucky? Are my local birds stupid? I don't know, but when I think of the time spent netting and removing nets I almost resent the failure to go for my fruit.

Identify hedge species

Posted: 11/07/2017 at 16:23

think it might be Euonymus japonicus, leavess too dark for griselinia

getting evergreen magnolia to flower

Posted: 04/07/2017 at 09:35

Magnolia grandiflora is from the American south. It needs maximum sun and some shelter. They are often grown against south facing walls.

Are these weeds please??

Posted: 13/06/2017 at 22:05

I think number 3 is a Birch seedling

ID of tree

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 19:09

I was thinking of one of the parents of 'Cornubia'; Cotoneaster frigidus, tallest of the Cotoneasters, deciduous with pinky red berries.

Plant identification

Posted: 30/04/2017 at 23:22

Is it a poor specimen of Maranta?


Posted: 24/04/2017 at 14:42

A couple of weeks ago I made a rare visit to central Manchester and walked through St Peter's Square. I was pleased to find that, as part of a major re-fashioning of the square, lots of Foxglove trees [Paulownia tomentosa] had been planted and they were in full bloom. They looked stunning, and and suited the urban environment very well. Would never have dreamt 30 yrs ago that such a sight would be possible. At least something positive from global warming.

Can anyone recognise this tree?

Posted: 18/04/2017 at 23:15

Might be a Eucalyptus, is your climate reasonably mild? Are the leaves scented, another give away?

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