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Are these damsons or sloes please?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:31

If you have ever bitten into a sloe you will never forget it, they are very astringent and leave you mouth puckered for many minutes. Make good gin though, as do damsons.

Which tree?

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:21

Crataegus are very tough and can withstand limited periods of water logging and there are some quite ornamental varieties and species which are not too big: Crataegus x prunifolia, C,oxycanthoides Paul's Scarlet for instance. If the area is waterlogged for whole winter period then these would not be suitable. 

Unusual Plant

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 11:12

The leaves of Paulownia are more heart shaped, closer to Catalpa in appearance, that looks very like a Sunflower to me.

'Mile a minute' growing as you watch...

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 22:36


if you do prune this climber on your side all the prunings are legally your neighbours property, so you must return them to him i.e. dump them over the fence.

Rowan Tree Propagation

Posted: 11/09/2014 at 07:16

Rowan seeds require light sandy soil and exposure to a least one winter chilling , they often take 18 months to germinate. I recommend you put the seed tray in the most exposed part of your garden where it will be well frosted.

Best Blueberry Variety?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 12:22

I grow blueberries in pots and have found that Blue Jay and Bluecrop are heavy croppers. Birgitta Blue is nearly as good and produces its fruit earlier.  The biggest and sweetest berries I had were on a variety called Chandler, but it only produced a light crop. I lost it due to not ensuring good enough drainage in the pot and its roots rotted during the winter. I had heard blueberries liked damp conditions so didn't take drainage seriously enough. In spring I immediately re-potted all my plants with proper drainage and was rewarded with my best crop yet.

Mulberry wine recipe?

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 12:11

Hi Pauli

I believe the American red mulberry fruit is very similar to our black mulberry, so the quantities should be correct. Have you tried googling for an American to British conversion tables to translate the American measurements. If not I do have this recipe from an ancient [1960's] Readers Digest  Complete library of the Garden Vol2.:

Ingredients: 4lb Mulberries, 3.5 lb sugar, 1 gall water and use Claret yeast.

Place fruit and water in large bucket and pulp fruit. Add sugar and yeast, keep in a warm place and leave to ferment in bucket for 3 days stirring twice a day. Pass mixture through a coarse nylon sieve then a fine sieve and transfer to a 1 gallon demi-john to complete fermentation. It says it will produce a dry red wine. best of luck

Hedge Advice - Which type of Laurel?

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:23

I think both laurels are equally easy to grow and are similar in hardiness. I would always go for Portuguese laurel as I think it makes for a more classy looking hedge.

Are gingko trees easy to grow/look after??

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 07:07

Ginkgo trees are living fossils that appear to have outlived their predators. They have few if any pests. Growth rate is affected by soil fertility [they appreciate a rich soil] and climate. They are winter hardy in most parts of Britain but need warm summers for good growth. So London is an excellent place to grow them whereas they will be very slow somewhere like the Lake district.

Tree problem

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 11:04

 Gleditsia triacanthos does not have white flowers, but insignificant green ones. It sometimes has double pinnate leaves, and they are more delicate looking than Robinia giving a more feathery effect overall. I can assure you normal Robinia pseudoacacia is thorny, [there are thorn less varieties like inermis]. A tree I have seen that more closely resembled Robinia than Gleditsia does, is Sophora japonica which has white flowers but is thornless.

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