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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. . ( 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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