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I learned to use a chainsaw today

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:49

Coppice, cut it all down to the ground. We did the hazels last year and they've made new growth taller than me. Works for a lot of trees but not grafted ones

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I learned to use a chainsaw today

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 19:42

rotting trees are good, but I'd make it horizontal to avoid any future work.

With the bracket fungus and the rotting heart its days are numbered as a fruit tree.

If you coppice you'll probably cut off the grafted apple and be left with whatever the rootstock is

Leave the leaves

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:51

Some turn quicker, yes. They all disappear when the plants leaf up in spring though. All adds to the organic stuff in the soil. I would remove them from around tiny plants or those that like it well drained and airy, but otherwise leaves stay where they fall.

Listless Lupins

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:24

There are annual lupins, I've seen them advertised. Not sure if they're really annuals or just first year flowering perennials

Lots more if you do an 'annual lupin' search

Wildflower ID?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:18

the white, and the light pink, are sometimes said to be non-invasive. Don't believe it

Which foxglove?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:17

we're pretty dry and foxgloves do OK here. Might keep the height down a bit as well.

Mertonensis is a hybrid between the native Digitalis purpurea and D.grandiflora a yellow one. Might be a sterile hybrid so no seeds but not sure of that, it won't seed true if it does seed. It's not purple, it's sort of pinkish. I don't think it had the grace of the purple one, grandiflora is a bit dumpy by comparison.

Wildflower ID?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:32

Rosebay willowherb

admired by some (OK, me) as a great plant and food for the larvae of the Elephant Hawkmoth.

Despised as a weed by the neat and tidy brigade

Which foxglove?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:27

If there was a foxglove that opened all its flowers at the same time the flowering time would be very short. How about some foxgloves and something else to extend the season. Foxgloves are biennial. There are digitalis that are perennial but not purple and there are hybrids that are non hardy.

Foxgloves are tall. There may be short varieties but they'd lack the style of the real thing. 

Unidentifiable rampant tree

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:21

I reckon you used to have one of those weeping type willows that might be called Kilmarnock. Now you have growth from the rootstock that the weeping one was grafted onto. Get it out while you still can

Weed or plant?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 15:24

Totally hardy, it's a native plant, the big daisies you see growing by the roadside in summer. 


anything with that much leaf left after flowering, at the end of the summer, is perennial

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