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Myrtle Communis

Posted: 23/03/2017 at 16:51

I inherited one in the garden when I moved in to my present house in 2007. I live east of Manchester at about 400ft above sea level. Bush/tree is not against a wall or even south facing but is very sheltered by adjacent shrubs. Soil is a cold wet clay, so they are reasonably tough, I think cold east or north winds could be a their main problem.

Weed ID please

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 12:10

I believe it is a plant that indicates the woodland has been there for a long time.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 21/03/2017 at 12:02

Garden is absolutely sodden, any parts of the lawn I walk on are just mud, infact Soft Rush [Juncus] has appeared in my front lawn, rain levels this spring are worst I have ever known. Ony gardening done this winter have been pruning fruit bushes.

Ilex holly identification

Posted: 01/03/2017 at 11:10

Might be Ilex x meserveae a hybrid of our native holly which is called "Blue Holly".

Identify this plant

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 15:11

Is the problem with celandine that if you pull it up any bit of root that snaps off will produce a new plant?

what hedging? what benefits?

Posted: 23/02/2017 at 15:08

I can understand why Sam wants a coniferous hedge at the front because his priorities are noise and air pollution reduction and conifers are the best at this. As Dove has said the classiest conifer is our native Yew but it is the slowest growing. Trials have shown that if the ground where the Yew plants are to go is well prepared and manured and the young plants given annual fertilizer dressings their rate of growth can be speeded up significantly. If that is still too slow then Thuja plicata [ suggested by Redwing ] is quite fast and definitely superior in appearance to leylandii. None of these [even native Yew] is especially wild life friendly, so perhaps you could compensate by making your hedge at the the back a mixed hedge.

Please help identify this tree?

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 00:21

Even if you don't have honey fungus I don't think it would be a good idea to plant another Malus where one has just died, there could be some other disease in the soil, also the tree will have taken nutrients from the soil that Malus need. If you want a purple Crab try planting in a different part of the garden. If you need a tree in that particular place I suggest you plant one that is not in the Rose family, maybe a Magnolia as some have deep pink/purple flowers.

Conifer ID Please

Posted: 31/01/2017 at 00:14

Chamaecyparis obtusa Crippsii is very golden and quite droopy looking.

wild primroses

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 19:00

Once you have got some I find that they self seed very well, even invading my lawn. My soil is heavy clay, often waterlogged at times during the winter where few other things self seed. They also self seed into quite shady places as well.

Rowan Tree choice for Front Garden

Posted: 14/01/2017 at 17:40

If your front garden is limited in space, a Rowan which doesn't grow too big and has red berries is Sorbus sargentiana. It has large leaves  [for a Rowan] that turn fiery red in autumn. Individual berries are small and red, but there are lots of berries in each panicle.

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