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My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 14:16

Note to self don't click refresh.

My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:14

I did notice a very odd green vine.

Sun Flowers

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 11:08

It doesn't matter. There's a lot of rules that make little difference and are followed as if the world will end if you don't but don't worry.

My apple tree isn't well

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:35

Damaged bark looks like frost canker, nothing too serious. 

Help with ID please

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:33

You'll need to show the leaves of the first one, not entirely sure without more details. 

What plant is this please?

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:31

Yes, and put some in your salad. As long as there are not Orange Tips on it.

anyone know what plant this is

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:30

Bath Asparagus aka Ornithogalum pyrenaicum by the looks of it. It's Native and edible, not called Bath Asparagus for nothing. 

Grow Wild - Campaign to get UK people to grow more native wild flowers

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:27

If you're worried you might have missed out on any offers then I'm sure Emorsgate Seeds will do a very, very, good mix suited perfectly for your situation and soil. They are fantastic and very competitively priced. I have no affiliation with them. Naturescape are good too.  What's more Emorsgate will only offer UK sourced plants and don't do silly garden hybrids.

Grow Wild - Campaign to get UK people to grow more native wild flowers

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:24
Shrinking Violet wrote (see)

May I offer a word or two of caution?  There was an interesting article on just this subject in the Weekend section of the Daily Telegraph last Saturday, written by Germaine Greer.

She is extremely knowledgeable and points out that many of the wild flower seeds require diverse habitats.  Throwing a mixed pack of seeds in one place is likely to cause disappointment, since cornflowers, corn cockles and corn marigolds, for example, require different conditions from hedge bedstraw or red campion.  The clue is in the name - and she urges caution, suggesting it would be more beneficial, perhaps, to persuade local authorities to be less cavalier with the clearance of roadside verges etc. if we really do want to encourage wild flowers.

I love to see them - but her article certainly got me thinking.

Sorry - I don't know how to do a link to the actual article, but hopefully it is still available on-line.






I really don't think there's anything to be worrying about. None of the plants you mentioned there are very fussy and I have them all growing in my meadow. Because you find them in a hedge doesn't mean they won't grow in a meadow, it's just they might eventually be out competed but hedge bedstraw & red campion are more than capable of looking after themselves. Besides what is the worst that can happen. By the way. I did my thesis on Wild Flowers in an Ubran Setting and was Conservation rep for a large London Borough. I think Germaine Greer should stick to what she knows best. 


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:10

How many plants have you got?

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