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Pathway straight or curved

Posted: 06/09/2015 at 09:28

Gentle curves

Tree problem

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:46

Well thank you so much everyone!! I could barely tell the difference between the Robinia, the Gleditsia and my tree - the thorns threw me and the pods are different upon close inspection.  Invicta2 you are spot on it has to be the Sophora Japonica, I have googled and enlarged for ages and the pods are identical to mine as are the leaves.  Your diagnosis of Verticullium Wilt Buddyboy also fits exactly to what I have just read and to the condition of my tree plus your photo.  So I have a Sophora Japonica with Verticullium - it sounds nasty and it looks nasty too and according to one of the sites, once the disease gets into the vascular system of the tree it could possibly die.  I think we have neglected to notice we had a real problem for too long so we may have to do some radical pruning and find a chemical solution, if one exists.  Ages ago I had looked up canker on bark among other things and read that canker was a sign of good air.  I was happy to accept that probably because it was a more acceptable solution - I suppose it is actually fungus.  I have so much to learn. Thank you very very much for all your help and time.

Tree problem

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:31

Gosh Nutcutlet how do you know these things - there's not much wrong with your memory I've just googled them both and they  look very similar to each other so I can't tell the difference without checking it outside again.  It does mention that the gleditsia has thorns and I've never seen those (having said that I'd never seen the pods before either - and they do look interesting Cangranmafixiit).  Yes Buddyboy I would say that's more or less exactly like the pruning cut??  Now I'm dreading what your diagnosis is going to be....

Tree problem

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 20:20

Thanks Nutcutlet I did wonder if it was having a last attempt before giving up - because some areas have burst into prolific action, while others have just died and we are both sure we've never seen those pods before ...but....having said that my own memory is so dodgy I would be insulting hens if I made the usual comparison

Tree problem

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 12:45

Please can I pick your brains yet again? I have forgotten the name of this tree it was in the garden before we moved in and it appears to be dying off.  It has lots of white flowers (insignificant in look) in summer and this year it has lots of pods on it - I may be looking at it more than usual but I swear I have never noticed these before ?  The actual problem is that the bark is covered with what looks like canker and is splitting away in some areas - in addition there are a lot of dead brittle branches on it.  OH cut a large branch off at the weekend to protect conservatory roof and the inside looked as if it was rotting  I think it must be about 30 years old.  Are these photos any use for id of either tree or its problem?





What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:27

Ooh that's a possibility maybe he was showing the child how to get the snails - there are plenty of those in my garden - that's a more pleasing option.  Yes, they walk fast - almost like hovercrafts the way they rise up and speed along. I don't think yours will be alone because more often than not I just see mine out on his own - although a couple of years ago we had three wandering around evening after evening.  I'm assuming the big one is a he but it could be the mum.

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:21

It's difficult to say Alina, I wouldn't have said so but the adult was so big it could have looked small by comparison.  So do you think the parent would take it out and away from its home and then leave it?  Gosh that's tough love - because they did look as if they were tussling. I know they have to learn to survive though - I wish I hadn't watched now 

A Senior Moment.

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 22:10

Yes, I've done them allDriven off with my handbag on the top of the car; driven off with one child safely strapped in and left the other one standing at the kerb (just for seconds, I spotted her in the rear mirror looking bemused)  These incidents occurred years and years ago and I've continued to add to them.  However, the other day it was OH's turn.  He went out for a cycle, leaving the garage door open, the connecting door open, the front door open and his keys on the outside of it!   His face was a picture when I told him and he rummaged in his pockets for the keys as if I was kidding him. 

What on earth are they up to........?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 21:35

...and I've seen and heard them crackling through the dry leaves in the evening and this morning one (huge) was boldly crossing the road on our estate.  Tonight I was just having a look round the garden before locking up for the night when I heard this snuffling and shuffling behind me.  I thought it was the OH joining me in the garden but when I turned round - he wasn't there - eery.  But I did sense a presence and saw the plants move.  I crept over keeping a safe distance because I hadn't a clue what i was going to see and there was a hedgehog snuffling and appearing to be digging at the ground - on closer inspection - there were two of them.  One was huge and the other obviously the child.  I backed off to watch without disturbing them and they continued for ages.  Sometimes they looked as if they were fighting or tugging at something.  It was very strange.  It was a bit dark to take photos or video them but I've never seen anything like it. (ps realise I haven't given the most impressive impression of OH - he is not given to snuffling or shuffling around the garden as a general rule

Seed Head ID

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 11:41

Wow! Tragopogon pratensis it is !!  Nut what can I say - thank you The others are incredibly similar but the stem and leaves clinch it. Thank you so much everyone.

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can herbs and bulbs - dahlias for example be planted in same pot 
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