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please identify this plant/weed

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:54

I go with Achillea.

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 09:24

I have just had a large old juniper bush/ tree removed. It was looking really sick and one damp day I discovered what appeared to be quantities of orange jelly clinging to its branches. Horrifying!   I identified Cedar apple rust, an alarming fungus  that affects cedars/ junipers and apples/ hawthorns. It relies on both sets of species for its life cycle. . (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gymnosporangium_juniperi-virginianaeThis probably explained why the hawthorns and newly planted apple trees nearby were not thriving. The aforementioned fashion for conifers probably introduced hundreds of  hosts for this damaging disease. Apparently juniper-type conifers should not be planted anywhere near apple orchards. who knew?

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