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Tree identification

Posted: Yesterday at 20:40

could it be a Davidia involucrata - Handkerchief Tree?

New 10x8 greenhouse - Any views on Rhino greenhouses?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:50

Cheers nut.
I'm having the fences replaced in that area today, then having all the ground cleared in a few weeks and hopefully by June I'll have a nice new g/house and a shed to store all the cr*p

I was thinking of not having a base and having the g/house direct on the soil, which Rhino say is fine. Are there any reasons not to have it direct on the soil?

New 10x8 greenhouse - Any views on Rhino greenhouses?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 09:05

I have a 'natural' bit at the end of my 150ft garden that I'm going to clear and have a greenhouse put up.
The area faces south and is about 45ft square.
I was thinking of a Rhino Premuim 8x10

Anyone got any views on Rhino Greenhouses or other suggestions please?

'Feels Like' Temperature - does it affect plants?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 18:52

afaik plants do not 'feel' temperature, rather hormones in the plant react to temperature causing the plant to do whatever it's programmed to do at that temperature (and light level).

It's when the temp falls below 0°C and water starts to freeze that the problems occur.
Unless the plant has natural anti-freeze (and many do) then ice forming in the water of the plant cells will cause the cells to burst - much like a frozen pipe - that's kills the cell, and if all the cells in the plant get frozen and burst, it's dead. 

I'd think the main problem for plants with wind-chill would be the drying effect at low temperatures.

As said above - we feel wind chill as we are warm-blooded - usually

How do I tell try the nationality of my bluebells

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 10:18

So much for Theresa May's view that we do have control of our borders  

Or am I thinking of the wrong sort of borders?

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:24

Best of luck to you and your herb garden


Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 16:35

There are loads of different mint 'flavours', so no real way of knowing exactly which you have - just enjoy it and add more to your collection. Their requirements are all about the same. Most mints have watermint in their parentage, so like don't like to dry out.

I checked if eau-de-cologne mint is also known as orange mint and it is. I also found out that eau-de-cologne was originally made from eau-de-cologne mint, so I've learned something too.

My mint plants are in little troughs under a wooden bench in my south-facing back garden (so they get a little sun and some shade). They get almost no care whatsoever, I just pull the weeds out now and then and water when I remember.

As philippa says above lemon verbena tea is almost too lemony - more lemmony than a lemon!, a great plant that I also have in a pot somewhere in the garden. It looks dead until may then springs into life.

Can someone help me identify what kind of mint this is?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:55

It's only a baby, just give it a little tlc and you'll be enjoying 'real' mint for a long time. I grow several types of mint and the basic mint (like you have) is a firm fave.
Spearmint has a very distinctive flavour, just like spearmint gum, and makes a nice change.
Apple mint is lovely but the hairs do seem to catch a lot of little bugs and bits. I've just pulled an apple-mint leaf and I don't detect any apple smell, more similar to spearmint, but my plant is about 10+yrs old.

If you want to try a really unusual smelling mint - try cologne mint - it really does smell of eau-de-cologne. A bit weird in tea tho..

Once your babies have soaked-up a bit of sun and grown a little the aroma will get stronger. Pinch out the tops to keep it bushy and treat it 'mean' - the best flavour comes from not giving too much tlc.

good luck!

Olive tree

Posted: 23/04/2016 at 16:52


The 2 main pests for olives are, as Dove has mentioned above - scale insects and olive scab. Yours may be scale insects.
Do you see any fluffy stuff (like cotton wool) under the black blobs? if so, it's scale insect.
A pic of the tree would help if poss

Unreliable tradespeople

Posted: 22/04/2016 at 11:41

Sadly it seems to be the way the world is these days Lou. I've had similar experiences over the years, and the worst ever was a plumber who had the top rating locally on Trusted Trader - he really didn't have a clue, but had the best score, and the work he done had to be re-done at a cost to me of £750.
I always try and get recommendations from neighbours who have had similar work done and get quotes from the firms that done work for them.

Good luck

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