Jean Genie

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Posted: 28/07/2012 at 10:42

Sorry Tony forgot to post you this link-


Posted: 28/07/2012 at 10:29

You are right in saying you shouldn't wet the leaves but you can use an insect spray on them . I' ve had mine for several years and have had the odd infestation and had to resort to a quick spray. Are you growing them in the right conditions ? It suggests to me that they may be a bit too dry. African violets like a humid condition and I always water from underneath using a trough and letting them take up as much water as they need . Make sure you isolate the plant . Good luck.

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Posted: 28/07/2012 at 07:26

Missed loads of show as I didn't get back until late but managed to stay up to watch G.B. strut their stuff so going to play catch up later today.

Insomnia - I liked the banana !!!  I like Julia Roberts too its a good film.

Someone told me they had 1000 drummers on last night but missed that as well. I shall be in charge of the remote today.

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 23:28

Hi all I'm back ! Got a shock when I came on here - thought I'id seen a banana with eyes ! Gary - the photos are all of one tree - its  got 3 trunks ( not thongs I may add ! ) tomorrow I'm going to check out those links and try to find out what is going on . Had a few answers back so I've explained from start to finish how it came to be there. I've got one eye on pc and other on tele watching opening ceremony . Love the costumes but gutted I missed Mike Oldfied Catch up on planner tomorrow.  As for menus . cakes , lottery wins etc I am willing to share ! Thanks for making me feel so welcome and special thanks to Teresa !!!

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 23:07

Hi everyone and thanks for all your help. I've been off radar all day and have only just got back - so sorry for the late post. First of all excuse the spots all over the photos - its the fat balls - messy birdies.!

Right , this is the chain of events.

About 10 years ago I ordered a snowball bush from one of the plant sites - can't remember which one but something like Suttons or Jersey Plants . The above mentioned whatever arrived complete with a label to say it had been grafted . Not understanding much about that process I had a good google and tried to make sense of it . I duly planted the snowball bush and had 2 things growing together. Being a bit daft back then I decided to cut off the sucker which I believed to be the shrub it was grafted on to and  next thing I had this tree growing in its place but years later the original sucker came back - only tiny but I did recognise it as a viburnum so I tried to root it . It died . Only discovered this shoot a few days ago and as stated it's quite strong and healthy so I'm going to try again.  It's the biggest mystery ever and I am determined to find out what is going on ! the sucker which I believe to be the original snowball bush is without a shadow of a doubt growing from that blessed tree ! Am now on a mission. 

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:49

Yes Gary that is it . Its baffling me ! Kate - think we've got to grips with it now though . Still have problems with clay pockets but we're working on them Thank you for replying but got to go out - don't know what time I'll be back on line but I will be later .

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Posted: 27/07/2012 at 10:30

Hello everybody,  I've been wanting to add a little bit to this thread for ages. I really enjoy the banter and funny stories you all share with each other but I do suffer from confidence issues and I don't want to come across as a cyber stalker ! I do warn you  now though- I have a hidden agenda! First a bit about myself - I'm 58 and even though I'm not even close to being as knowledgable and proficient as most of the people on this forum - I do really enjoy my garden. I consider myself to be more of an amateur as my first love was houseplants and I have quite a lot . I've always enjoyed growing things so gardening became a natural progression. We've been at our present address for 14 years now and as the house was a new build, we didn't have a garden - just a mud bath ! We had the basics put in by a landscaper and over the years I 've added to it and started to grow my own seeds and cuttings etc. I'm now quite happy with it but find things a bit of a challenge at times which is why I joined the forum ( the first one ever ! )  Looking back I have put a lot of posts on it but would just like to say they are all genuine which leads me nicely into the agenda ! This flipping tree vs snowball bush ! I don't want to put yet another post out there but I am desperate to find out what this tree is so this is a back door way if you like ! What I have stated is true and I thought  the tree was a silver birch  Berghill says it is not possible to graft on to it so I do believe him . Would anyone be kind enough to look at the pictures I've posted and try to identify it for me please ? Sorry for the long winded speech but I've been up half the night looking up grafting and trees.  Can't make head or tail of it and still think it's some sort of birch but I'm not good on trees . Sorry for being a bit sneaky !

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 23:15

Sorry the text didn't go as planned . The pics are the sucker , the tree and the leaves from the tree. Please help - I think I'm going crazy they are definitly joined. Thanks.

Viburnum macrocephalum.

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 23:11


he tree but I can't see it being a virburnum - its enormous ! If you could identify it for me I would be truly grateful. Here we go -

 Here is where it is joined to the tree.

 And again.

 And here is the tree.

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Posted: 26/07/2012 at 13:53

On a mission now - just took some photos on phone as the files are too big to upload and hubby isn't on hand. They are both as one without a shadow of a doubt - just hope I've got the species of tree right but all will be revealed hopefully when I post pics. This is turning into a bit of a mystery.

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