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Could you identify this dying berry bush/tree?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:49


The Hypericum isn't really dying......just closing down.  However, you could tell your OH that it  IS  dying and whip it out quick.  Bit of a cheat I know but needs must and all that

Could you identify this dying berry bush/tree?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:44

Nutcutlet.......that's interesting .......I'd always associated St. John's Wort as a common name for the H. perforatum but there are hundreds of the beggars so I could have been under a misapprehension for years

Still, I expect it won't be long before the experts find a completely different name just to confuse us yet again

Could you identify this dying berry bush/tree?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 17:23

DFingers...........unless you are particularly fond of the Hypericum, I'd say personally a Pieris would be much more attractive.  I imagine if you have one Hyp. in your garden now, you'll probably discover another one or two ( or more ) without much problem

You could dig it up and replant but to be honest, I'm not sure I would bother.....just dig up and consign to compost heap but that's just my opinion


Could you identify this dying berry bush/tree?

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 15:30

Looks like a Hypericum (Rose of Sharon ).  They aren't evergreen so yours ( having flowered and produced berries ) is on the downward slope for winter.  It will come back again in Spring.

Just as a word of warning, they can be pretty invasive so if you don't want a garden full of them, best to remove the berries before they fully ripen and drop ( or carried by birds ).

The Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 15:04 version would be the long frock almost covering the wellies ?

Poor Ms.'s a shame we are such cynical old gits, isn't it ?

The Garden Media Guild Awards 2014

Posted: 19/08/2014 at 14:38

Nutcutlet  But just think how much fun you could have practising your Acceptance speech whilst you worked in your garden.  Mine would go on for hours....all those individual bees, hoverflies, ladybirds, etc that I would need to thank in true Oscar form.

I wonder if you would have to dress up or whether you would be allowed to wear your gardening clothes ?

I've cleaned out my greenhouse

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 20:10

Can't say I've done much clearing in my GH yet other than using old Lilly stems to cut down the spider a treat

Cuttings of Cytisus have been successful tho .......only mid August ( tho i it feels a bit nippy in the evenings )............maybe I should be looking to have a clean up before I forget what time of year it i

Changing the purpose of a pond

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 19:04

Couldn't agree more Dove.........first time for many years I've had fish in a pond.

I moved into this house ( or Pond ) in the winter.  It must have been at least 4 or 5 months later that I even knew there were any fish in there !

The house had been empty for a year or more so no one to feed the fish or faff about ( tho I understand the previous owners were somewhat erratic gardeners.....I did find a very useful stainless steel wok in the pond along with other less useful stuff ).

The Newts enjoy the fish eggs and although they also munch on the frogspawn, I've had plenty of Froglets  every year.  The fish also happily eat their own spawn so I'm not seeing a problem at the moment.

The fish sort themselves out ......they were obviously managing before I came along so at the moment, I'm just going with it. I really don't have the heart to turf them out and if everyone else is happy, I'm happy too

As a PS tho, I'm not recommending my pond as the ideal way to go for a real wildlife pond............if you can start from scratch, much better.






Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:10

Bekkie......according to Verdun, you have to use the official Birthday thread......tho I think that's because he is working up to his birthday (official or otherwise )

Changing the purpose of a pond

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 18:02

Whilst I wouldn't disagree with Dove in that the ideal wildlife pond should not really contain can be done........perhaps the size of pond has something to do with it also. 

I inherited a pond 3 years ago which had a dozen or so fish in.  It also had Frogs and Newts which have continued to live and breed in the ensuing years.  Also we get a lot of other pond life including Dragonfly ( wonderful to watch the nymphs appear and turn into wonderful creatures before your eyes ). Beetles, Skaters, etc  - it's all there

Had I been able to re home the inherited fish somewhere, I probably would have done so but no one wanted them and as the pond was teeming with other life, there seemed no point.  I haven't been disappointed


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