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Eucalyptus Tree - should it stay or go?

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 07:45

The eucalyptus has 2 types of leaves, juvenile & adult. The leaves that everyone likes are the juvenile, round ones. The tree can be kept coppiced so it needs cutting hard back, at least every 2 yrs. My neighbours wasn't & it turned into a 30 ft monster in 5 yrs, with optimum growing conditions!...Mind, when she had it cut down, the wood is wonderful for burning, difficult to season for woodworking though. On my other side, my neighbour just had her bay tree(s) cut down. Started off as one tree that suckered & also turned into a 40 ft monster. The difficulty is now getting the stump out, 4 ft diameter due to the many suckers joining together. She also has a collapsed drain because of the roots. Advice if you want either of these trees? Keep them potted! When they get too big, find out if there is someone with the land (like an Arboretum) who would like them, nearby. They're beautiful trees, in the right environment!

Electricity Pole

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 07:59

Horse chestnuts line a residential rd near me. Couple of yrs ago, 2 died & were cut down. This yr have seen another 2 dead in the street, & most of the others really haven't done well this year. Don't think they're the best as street trees (bit like lime trees, their sap is a problem for vehicles) as they really can't get enough water due to pavements & rds. They seem to have gotten worse since our local council has started removing paving slabs on the pavements & replacing it with tarmac. Only my point of view, but maybe one of the stressers for these wondrful trees is thirst, which leaves them susceptible to every bug & fungal infection going...or is that the local councils game?

 

Talkback: Bumblebee rescue

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:36
I work in a garden centre, & they all laugh at me when I collect up wet, cold bees (usually bumble bees), bring them to some of the flowering plants we have under cover. I usually have some kitchen towel or tissue to set them on, if they're really soggy. Once they've dried off a little, I try to get them onto an open flower, in the sun (when we have some!) I didn't know about the sugar solution myself, but I may arm myself with a small bottle of it for future use. I often get asked why I'm not scared of the bees when I'm sorting through the flowering plants (rhododendrons,lavender & scabious being the most heavily visited)& I explain that I think they know I'm not trying to hurt them.

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 29/06/2013 at 20:45

We found the skeletons of about 6 dogs, maybe 4 cats, when we were digging our garden to level it. The house is over 150 yrs old, so, it's understandable.

 

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 16:04

Or Freecycle them for someone who has a log burner!

 

Your pets in the garden

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:58

3 cats, Lady Mischief...who wouldn't think of getting her paws dirty using nasty earth for a toilet, tiny bruiser Zola who can just about manage to catch a fly & Sasha...the only pedigree (still a rescue cat) who has the 'Tim nice but dim' aura about him! They've been trained to use either their trays or a small patch of garden, regularly turned & cleaned for them. The only plant that is in danger from all of them is my catmint, protected by putting an upside down wire hanging basket over it, to grow through. The Feline Trio keep it pruned for me! Lady Mischief does bring me in really dangerous leaves that would have done me a lot of damage if she hadn't caught & killed them....one leaf at a time...she was busted the other day when I caught her taking the said leaf off a bush.

Dead conifers?

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 08:48

Not a conifer lover, but the needle drop does acidify the soil around it, limiting what can grow under  neath. I'd remove it , thoroughly enrich the soil, & replace with a flowering (if poss) deciduous bush/tree. Or even something like a honeysuckle or grapevine...you've got a nice strong fence there to put up vine eyes & wires for training!

Talkback: Goldfinches

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 08:31
We have about 20 descend on our feeders, just as they fledge. They balance on any available perch, including the washing line, just to squabble over who gets first eats! I love watching them. It all started about 4 yrs ago with one pair, and it's gone crazy since. Even the cats steer clear, as they will turn on any cat as a group....visions of Hitchcocks 'The Birds'.....! We saw a tabby, running for it's life, with about 8 battering at it's face, obviously it had caught one. Never did find out the outcome of that sad little battle.

What plant is this please

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 08:21

There is a variety called Verbena Rigida that doesn't get as tall as Bonariensis, that one of the DIY chains sells. In every other aspect it is the same as Bonariensis, just not as tall.

Guess the plant name..

Posted: 08/08/2012 at 06:29

Euphorbia Mellifera or Honey Spurge...there is an enormous one growing in the Gardens of Heligan, in a little courtyard garden. When it's in flower it has the most fantastic honey smell and bees absolutely adore it. I have one on the corner of my garden, after searching for it for ages, and it can be a bit of a thug! All I'd ever read about it was that it was a little tender....NOT in my garden in Plymouth...it has to be chopped back regularly! Roots easily from pieces pulled from the base, or layered. Seems like it needs a corner where it can do its own thing, to flower at its best. Be careful though, like all spurges/euphorbia, it has a milky sap than can cause irritation. Wouldn't be without my lovable thug though!

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