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Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:44

Thanks Dove, you're welcome.

Inarching update

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:37


I just thought I'd update you on the progress of the inarching. As you can see the tree's growing well, and more than I think it ever did.

The inarches look healed pretty well

And the good news is the graft wasn't dead after all, though I think you'll agree it doesn't look healthy.



Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 14/06/2014 at 17:35

I just thought I'd update you on the progress of the inarching. As you can see the tree's growing well, and more than I think it ever did.

The inarches look healed pretty well

And the good news is the graft wasn't dead after all, though I think you'll agree it doesn't look healthy.


easy plant id

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 11:04


I hate using really emotive words like 'thug' for plants. Plants are what they are, some are more vigorous than others, but a vigorous plant may be just what you need for your poor soil, so I really don't think it's helpful to apply such emotive terms, they're just not accurate or helpful. I have that Hellebore self seeded in my garden and I really don't think it a problem, have many things in my garden which are much, much more invasive, but still grow them because they are useful one way or another. As for stinking. I've never noticed.

Incredible luck

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 08:50
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I have a wildlife reserve first and a garden second

horsetail weed

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:55
Hostafan1 wrote (see)

horsetail / marestail survived being covered in ice during the ice age: 

Really? Wow! 

Incredible luck

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 14:37

Yup, the whole reason I emphasise concentrating on natives supplemented only by a few non-natives. You won't get adults to feed if there's no larval food plants. l know we have gardens not wildlife reserves but if wildlife is the raison d'être for your efforts then best not to get too distracted with exotics. On the other hand many natives don't feed a great deal if anything and even then if their range doesn't include your house is there any point growing that ugly look plant if nothing is going to eat it? Or should you grow it for the pure conservation aspect of our native species? It isn't easy to get information. And the information available isn't always the easiest to understand. Take Oaks, it's estimated that about 284 species of insect (depending on your source) eat it or live on it in some way where as the sycamore only has 15 but nobody seems to tell you if those 15 species of insect on a sycamore supply an equal weight of food for birds as the 284 species of insects on an oak. Having said that I don't think that should be your whole outlook on it. It's a big subject and many perspectives. Raw data isn't much use to most of us.

horsetail weed

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 11:18


vigilance is the key as FG says. Think of it this way, no plant, not even Japanese Knotweed can survive without light, so as long as you keep at it, whatever method you're choosing to knock it back, then it will work. Hoe it, regularly, once every two weeks at least is the simplest method. I have a bit of it in my garden but it isn't a problem because I keep on top of, plant densely around it and pull it out every time I see it. If you leave it to recover from whatever method you've chosen though, all the effort you've been in so far has been for naught. That's what you've got to remember. But it is a native plant and part of our ecology, it's not Japanese Knotweed or Spanish Bluebells, or Mink... so, ultimately it's only a problem if you see it as such.

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:34

Yeah, I was going to add, a turf stripper would make short work of it, but if you don't have grass, then you don't have turf. Or, pretend, after all corn poppies aren't native anyway. Have some small flowered variety of oriental poppy. This one is a bit orange, but I've got a pillar box red variety waiting to take over. The bees don't mind though. These were in when I moved in and I've just not had the heart to yank them out. They've grown on me too much now.



 Oo, that wasn't meant to happen, that's because I had two windows going at the same time.

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 18:31

I hope this inspires you to include some wild grasses which you can get from Emorsgate seed for very little. There's quite a bit of rye in here which you wouldn't normally want but my OH wouldn't let me strip the turf the first year we moved in an now it's almost too late, but as the meadow gets established I'll get a turf stripper and have an annual bit in a section every year. I'll just turn over the turfs so hopefully the perennials won't mind too much.


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