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Posted: Yesterday at 19:22

Most seeds of hardy trees require stratification - i.e. being subject to a period of cold to break their dormancy. Stratification usually takes place in Autumn and can often be quite erratic - some seeds requiring two winters/cold periods to germinate. If you wish to try your fridge then all that is necessary is to place the seeds in some damp peat or compost inside a sealed plastic bag. just keep checking periodically for any signs of growth.Personally I would just wait until autumn and place the seeds in pots in a cold frame and let nature do the stratification. The RHS have excellent tips to help with this topic. I'm never sure if copying and pasting a link is the correct way to enter on this forum but I'll give it a try!

plant id please

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:25

Hi jpsbcfc. It looks like a quince to me.

Can't remember what this plant is ...

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 06:29

Hi Renata. Don't cut it back now or you will lose the flowers. Just dead head the flowers as they turn brown and more will come. After the leaves fall in autumn you can cut all the branches back by a third but take out any branches in the middle of the shrub that cross one another - basically open up the centre of the shrub - and then next March give it a more severe cut. If you do this every year you will be rewarded with flowers within eyesight and all the lovely butterflies that flock to them.

What's your worst nemesis, your most dreaded weed or plant?

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 17:49

Horsetail - grrrrr

Plants to ID please!

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:25

I've got a little muddled with your pictues Rob and my comments relate to your picture number 4! That could possibly be Physostegia which was my instinctive response - but please don't quote me!!!! Once it does flower it may be easier to identify.

Plants to ID please!

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 12:15

Sorry Rob but it looks too much like several plants and until flowers arrive it is difficult to identify it.

Plants to ID please!

Posted: 26/06/2015 at 11:19

The pinky one is bistort (Persicaria bistorta). The 'pondy' ones are the tiny floating duckweed and the little reddish green leaves could be frogbit or a miniature waterlily and the green oval leaves look like water hawthorn.

Plant ID

Posted: 25/06/2015 at 16:54

I agree with Gardenmaiden. I'm sure it isn't Perovskia.

Seed trays/ allotment ladders

Posted: 24/06/2015 at 19:23

Harrod Horticultural used to sell them. Maybe you might be lucky on eBay???

What do I have?

Posted: 22/06/2015 at 21:20

No they are not always. Try googling Acer campestre and the leaves shown for the tree are amazingly similar to Len's tree

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