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Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 15:01

Me too.

Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 14:50

That is pretty but the flowers are wrong for the OP's plant which look more like they belong on a bottle brush plant.  This is our albizzia in August and its flowers are definitely pink.

Last edited: 16 November 2016 14:51:05

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 13:20

I can't cope with Jeremy Vine's voice - too creepy and smarmy - so never listen.   What is happening in Syria is awful but, sadly, not unique.  The Yemen is no better at the mo and sadly, I have no idea how they can be fixed or helped given that no western politician is about to upset the Saudis who also mess in Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan and anywhere they can foment trouble between Muslim factions.

In Belgium, mussels are usually the big flabby Zeeland kind which I can only cope with once a year at most.  Now it turns out we are half an hour away from two mussel growing centres that provide 20% of France's production and they are the lovely small, juicy and tasty "moules de bouchot" which are the best - http://www.pleinemer.com/mussel-work.htm and we've already eaten them out twice.   Maybe again next week as we're planning a lunch out.   Yum.

Between those and the sardines and mackerel and other fish landed along this coast we are happy bunnies.

Can anyone tell me what my tree is

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 13:07

I think both flowers and foliage are wrong for an albizia.   There are lots round here in gardens in the Vendée, including mine.

The foliage looks more like acacia dealbata which we also have in teh gharden but the flowers are wrong tho yours may be a variety.   Have a look here and see what you think - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/24107/Acacia-dealbata/Details  I wouldn't have thought it suitable for a houseplant.

Whatever yours is it looks to me like it needs a prune to remove dead wood and a good feed.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 11:39

Duvet day sounds lovely but not for me today.  We've both been for haircuts  I just had 20cms lopped off - can't do basins in hairdressers cos of my neck and have long since decided that for gardening and dancing I need to be able to put my hair out of the way easily and life is too short for blow drying a style.   OH pleased with his but he really goes for the scalp massage.

Popped in to a builders' trades cooperative to ask for someone to come and talk small extensions to us and now home to do more pottering and sorting before lunch and walkies.  It's grey and cool but dry.

I hope all aches, pains and lurgies clear up quickly for all concerned.  Olbas oil is my standby for winter bugs too Yvie.    Poor Mabel and Reggie.   Bonzo dog is very nervy at the mo, just because i did them both a flea and tick treatment last night.  He doesn't like the squirty sound.   Stoopid dog.

How best to clear an overgrown area

Posted: 16/11/2016 at 11:29

Absolutely use the strimmer AT 12"/30cms above the ground.  Apart from being kinder to wildlife it leaves yo something to grab hold of when forking over.

There is, I believe, a rule in English civil law about unused or unclaimed land being cultivated or cleaned up.  After 20 years, it becomes the property of the person who has taken on its management.

Happened in the 80s to a plot of wild ground between our 60's house built on a former orchard and a 30 development built on former farmland but leaving a large area at the back to go wild.  Time came when the owners wanted to build more houses and couldn't because so many people in the 30s houses had made wee allotments or play areas behind their gardens and acquired ownership thru usage.

HELLO FORKERS! November Edition

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 23:25

Good for me too, as long as it's not humid heat.   That makes me wilt.

Shed problems - thoughts please

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 23:24

Surveillance camera?   These can be bought quite cheaply these days for house security or watching wildlife and would provide proof of identity and trespass for the police both for your shed and the general vandalism..  

How best to clear an overgrown area

Posted: 15/11/2016 at 23:19

Buy or borrow a decent strimmer and work your way in and through it systematically.  Remove what you cut off and take it to the dump or burn it.   You are unlikely to get it all done in one go so any critters will have time to move on and shelter elsewhere.

Try and get it done over the next couple of months while everything is dormant and then you can start forking it over to remove roots.   In spring you can zap any unwanted new growth with a glyphosate based weedkiller if you don't mind chemicals or you can just keep strimming and forking and hoeing till all the bad stuff is gone and you have your garden extension ready for planting.


Posted: 15/11/2016 at 22:54

Take the loppers with you when you know you're going hacking.   It'll save you a lot of time and grief.

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