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Lots of IDs please :-)

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 10:53

22 - tracheospermum jasminiodes

19 Jasmine

9/10  viburnum - possibly v. opulus

15 Blackcurrant?

13 Hebe

Lots of IDs please :-)

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 10:38

Can't zoom in so can't see the leaves properly but

2 - maybe rosemary

5 - maybe a bay or laurel

6 - some sort of berberis or firethorn

8 - looks like a periwinkle

that's my tuppenceworth..


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 18:27

I planted a grapefruit seed in 1968 at the tender age of 10.

I had the tree for many years and it grew to about 3-4ft. It flowered regularly in late winter/early spring (in the g/house) and often tiny grapefruit would appear, but they got no bigger than a marble.

The scent of the leaves and flowers is wonderful.

I think I abandoned it around the time I discovered beer 


Birch in hot climates

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 18:05

From what I've briefly read, Beutla nigra Heritage has a similar heat tolerance and google did show many uk suppliers

Birch in hot climates

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 17:08

Very nice too.

Mind you it 17c outside at the mo here is essex,uk - not very November-like

The Wiki says that the birch I mentioned above is the most tolerant of heat - have a look the the variety Betula Dura-Heat, may be worth a try.

Most of the leaves have now fallen from the sliver birches that abound round here, but it's been a great autumn for stunning colours.

Birch in hot climates

Posted: 06/11/2015 at 15:54

Hi alex - where are you that's so nice and warm?

I spotted this on Wiki-

Betula nigra, or river birch, is recommended for warm-climate areas

Maybe worth a look

Formatting a blank DVD

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 14:55

Does the instruction manual give any ideas?

If you don't have one, you can almost certainly download it from the manufacturer's website - usually under the Support or Documentation tab.

I used to regularly copy stuff to DVD and I can't ever recall needing to format the disk first

Pruning lavender now?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 14:50

I agree with punkdoc - leave it for now and trim it back early spring. Take any straggly bits off now if you want.

Quite right to prune back to where you can see shoots - try and keep as many as you can as lavender won't easily sprout from old wood


Posted: 29/10/2015 at 10:11

Anyone know what this plant is

Posted: 17/10/2015 at 19:48

Could well be alkaline. I'm on clay (it is alkaline here) and have tried to grow these on a couple of occasions. Not much luck I'm afraid, got a few manky berries once but they didn't like the conditions here and just faded away. Some say if Rhododendrons thrive you have acid soil - not the case here, Rhodo's thrive in my clay alkaline soil.

They also called Pheasant-berries, so I'm guessing they like similar conditions to heathers etc

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