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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.

heroes chocolates

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 11:02

You need to check if chocolate is the culprit. I had a terrible attack of hives about 15 years ago. Two possible culprits were identified, peanuts or antibiotic, so no nuts [any type of nut, not just peanuts] in my diet for a couple of months till I could be tested. They tested me by scratching my skin and applying peanut oil to see if a hive formed. No reaction, so they tried penicillin and bingo that was the culprit so I have eaten all kinds of nuts since then.

Cotoneaster hedge

Posted: 03/01/2017 at 10:31

I think the recommendation of 30 cm apart is to obtain a thick hedge as quickly as possible. If more widely spaced it will take the plants longer to merge with each other. Perhaps a compromise of 60 cm spacing, a full metre does seem like very wide spacing.

Bay plant

Posted: 19/12/2016 at 10:47

Ornithogalum, Californian Bay aka Californian laurel is occasionally grown in the Uk. It is a close relative of the Bay, resembling it  in many waysand can be used in cooking but it is distinctly more pungent.

Plant suggestions please!

Posted: 13/12/2016 at 22:44

Lonicera fragrantissima, the Winter Honeysuckle is a shrub with small very fragrant white honeysuckle flowers, flowering at this time of year. In the NW of England it grows to about 5ft high [might be bigger further south so check that out] and is completely hardy. The ones I have seen were in partial shade, and growing in both clay and sandy soils both acidic. I have never heard of Lonicera being intolerant of alkaline soil so should grow in most soils. Unfortunately it is deciduous and pretty dull in the summer months. Don't forget Snowdrops and Helleborus niger the Christmas Rose which comes in some lovely colours.

Hedge - screening

Posted: 05/12/2016 at 14:14

I live in the North west of England and both Beech and Hornbeam grow very well here, You can find reasonable size Beech trees growing on top of hills a 1,000 ft above sea level, they are tough. In fact Beech is now colonising in the woods around here due its ability to resist shade, you see thousands of seedlings on th ground under trees. Back in the 1970's seedlings only emerged in occasional years so I guess that points to global warming. Hornbeam is much less common simply because the Victorians planted far fewer, but they also self seed as well.

Climate Change?

Posted: 27/11/2016 at 22:32

I remember reading that Christmas Day was more likely to be "green" than white back in the 1960's before global warming was thought of, it appears to fall within a cyclical period of low pressure from the atlantic, wet but not cold.

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