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flowering privet

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 17:56

Privet is dead easy from hardwood cuttings too. There is a native privet too which will flower in it's second year from cutting no problem. Ligustrum vulgare It has the same lovely smell as ligustrum ovalifolium. The native one will seed so it's possible that's where it came from, i.e. from a bird eating the berries. Hardwood cuttings - just take sections of this seasons growth about 20cm long, the stronger bits if possible,  in winter, strip off the leaves and plunge them into a spade cut up to their necks. I've had privet grow from quite old wood that got buried under some soil. That's why it's cheap and so common, apart from it doing a good job. 


Hazel Comparison

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 11:03 So it does. All I had to do was hit the space bar.  Thanks Dove. As you can see even the 'quote' button isn't working for me. I'm loathed to update my Safari, the last time I did Facebook went really slow. Every update has it's bugs. Hey it works if I paste from Mail too. At last I can work around it and the picture button's working. Thanks Dove. 

Apple trees

Posted: 09/08/2015 at 10:56

I agree with pansyface there's far worse things you could have in your garden. I've got a wasp nest just a meter from my bench. You'd never know there was a wasp nest there unless someone told you. I only found out because I was clearing away the grass from the bottom of the tree when I wondered what the wasps were congregating around then I saw the hole. They really are the gardeners friend, a few fruit with a little hole in is a very small price to pay and they're welcome to it in my book. If you apple tree is worth keeping then you'll have far more apples than you can deal with yourself.  If it's not then get it grafted over or plant another one instead. (not in the same hole)

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 19:23

From Dove: There you are 


  how did you do that? Is it my computer? Thanks Dove.  It's still not working for me but let me paste in a hyperlink. I didn't think to format it in Mail and paste it. 


Pete half the internet is php based and I'm sure most of the websites you visit are unknown to you. But hey. 

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 16:44

Yeah, couldn't get the link button to work, tried Firefox, Safari, typing in the html and. I even tried Google Chrome as a last resort and I really hate that, you get bombarded with adverts for everything. Oh well. 

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 15:40

Thought not you can't just type code here.

Hazel Comparison

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 15:38

Hi, Been considering buying another Hazel tree and did some research. Me being me, made an excel file to compare. I finally made my choice based on protein content, flavour  and blanching quality. I'm sharing the file here. Sorry, the link maker button wasn't working.

Apple trees

Posted: 08/08/2015 at 15:17

You can use unripe apples for cooking, especially jam making. I suspect they won't be ripe for a good few weeks. They tend to change colour when they're ripe and come off the tree with just the slightest lift or twist.  Since they're in your garden there's no point picking them until they're ripe as far as eating fresh goes since the flavour will be better when they're fully ripe and won't develop offer the tree as well as they would on the tree but I realise you are worried the wasps and birds will get them all, but I'd prefer to have fewer better apples. You can still cook or juice the ones that are a bit pecked.

Tree to attract birds for small garden

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 19:48

My condolences too. I'm dreading that day again.

Other than the very popular Rowan. Oh, I don't think anyone mentioned this but if you get a named variety please make sure it's a red form such as Cardinal Royal, however CR is not that disease resistant. Has to be S. aucuparia though as the birds leave the other orange, yellow and white species. A Cherry on a semi dwarfing rootstock, Hawthorn is loved by sparrows, or Midland Thorn but try to get a single form. The birds absolutely love Crabapple Evereste and the blossom is out of this world. You can also make good crabapple jelly with it if the birds leave you any. Evereste will come on a choice of rootstocks.



But then again you can make great Rowanberry Jelly from Rowans. I bought Edulis but the birds don't leave any for me to try so I have to forage for the berries along the road side.  

save a bee with some sugar water

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 12:57

Oh, thanks for that Ice, I had a gut feeling it might not be the best thing but wasn't sure how to mix up sugar and water, I tried it once but the bee wasn't interested so I didn't do it again, they've never turned up their nose as honey so figured it was good. they've always flown off though, even when they were on their last legs and could barely stand. Will do the sugar thing though, two to one. East to remember. 

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