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Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:34

Thanks, Hostafan1. That is great news!

Yet another plant ID

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:29

Not sure if this is a garden plant or a weed. It appeared, seemingly out of nowhere. I potted it up in case it was something worthwhile, but now I'm starting to get twitchy



Plant ID please

Posted: 03/08/2015 at 15:10

Hi, LG

I'm pretty sure it is a Cotoneaster. What size is the plant?

Renovating neglected Chaenomeles

Posted: 01/06/2015 at 15:22

I have a Chaenomeles 'Moerloosei', that has been neglected for most of its life.

Many years ago (before I learned that remedial pruning on chaenomeles should be carried out over several years), I pruned it very hard, resulting in masses of long, thin shoots. New clumps of stems have appeared in front of the original plant. Since then, I have neglected it some more..

I now want to reduce the number of main stems and train them on wires, spur-pruning the side shoots, but am concerned that my awful treatment has resulted in a shrub that is beyond hope.

another ID please

Posted: 14/05/2015 at 08:52

hi wendy - I agree about the lovely first photo. Are they ox-eye daisies?

The dangers of gardening

Posted: 12/05/2015 at 11:56

WARNING! do not read this if you are of a squeamish disposition.

Minos, hope your recovery is not too lengthy or frustrating. 

What a sorry litany of misery, pain and embarrassment.

My worst gardening accident happened last spring, when I was shredding some shrub prunings and obviously wasn't concentrating on what I was doing. I was resting a hand on the outside edge of the plastic hopper of the shredder when a particularly inflexible branch that was shaped a bit like a walking stick came down on the third finger of my right hand and rubbed/pulled the fingertip pad away from the fingernail until it was connected only by the skin at the first joint, then neatly folded the nail in half.

Thought I was going to lose the end of the finger, but surgeon managed to save it (including nail). Several months of physio left me with a working finger (if a little stiff and with permanent pins and needles). End of finger looks as though it has been in a pencil sharpener. Fortunately, I'm left-handed.

I was back out in the garden within a couple of days, my right hand heavily bandaged and encased in a plastic bag to keep it clean.

No fool like an old one.

Is this blight?

Posted: 28/04/2015 at 07:29

Thanks to all of you for your advice and reassurance. Just off to order a copy of  'Idiot's guide to British weather'

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 20:24

Oops! I must have missed it

Thanks nut and Dove and CG

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:55

No frost. I wonder if over-zealous watering might have anything to do with it.

Is this blight?

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 19:53

Sorry, it might help if I post the photo


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