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Jim Macd

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Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 14:50

I've had tree seedlings coming up in my pots, when there's none of the species anywhere near I didn't consider magpies at the time but I think they're the ones that brought in the seed.

Apple and plum trees for small garden

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 12:00

You could have any apple or plum tree you like but make sure it's on a dwarf root stock. If you want them in pots the go for Aplle mm106 or m9 rootstock and plum should be okay on St Julian A. In the garden you could go for Apple M27 or Pixie. Blackmoor trees and Adams Apple Trees have lots of choices but hurry or you'll miss out on bare root stock cheap prices.

Don't buy a Cox, yes, it's a good apple but not good for home growers. There's so many to choose from it all comes down to personal tase but Kids Orange Red is a very good cropper. The ideal tree will depend on what you want and where it will be grown and how you want to manage the tree. You'll need to do your homework. Look at the websites above and Orange Pippin Trees for lots of information.

Magpie Seen Caching Food

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:34

They take the dog buscuits my dogs leave every day, they used to be cautious but they're now quite brazen about it and they've worked out that the best hiding places are where the rain doesn't get to and high enough that my dogs can't get to. The ones they used to put in the lawn my dogs mopped up later when they were peckish. No pun intended.

Moving peony

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:20

I've been trying to get rid of a few in my garden but they still keep coming up. Just shows. There's ideal and what works.

Mystery of pH/useful list

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 11:13

I think a quick look at that list tells you most plants are fine with most soils. The Notorious few are well known to most of us. I have got a  pH test kit but I know I'm on magnesium lime with a sandy loam so if I wanted to grow Ericaceous plants I'd put them in pots.

Apple Tree

Posted: 26/03/2014 at 09:49

My Ambassy which is my earliest apple is coming into leaf now but I don't expect the Orleans Reinette to leaf up for a good few weeks yet. I don't suppose you know your pollination group your apples are in. That will give you an idea of when to expect to see signs. I'm sure they're fine though.

Rowan Tree

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 19:12

That's you told nut. 

Aubrieta and fuschia

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 11:37

I wouldn't split them. Take cuttings, they come so easily from cutting. Just take some peaces that don't have flowers and plunge them into gritty compost. To be honest they'll probably root no matter where you stick them they're that easy.

mystery plant id please

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:55

Oh, you're lucky, I had to buy mine.

mystery plant id please

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 14:47

Pasque flower. Pulsatilla vulgaris. It's a really beautiful native, they don't like being moved and prefer a south facing dry slope.

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what are crocks for? 
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Any Hellebore experts? 
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What varieties have you got and which do you like best? 
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