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Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:24

Anyone from the southern counties at all ?

Plants in France

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:42

Outdoorgirl.........I found the same as you.  After several years in France, it was quite a shock to return to the UK  2 years ago and see the price of plants. 

Then again, this is not a recent phenomenon...............plants were cheaper in mainland Europe in the late 80's too


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:37

What type of Orchid are you asking about ?  It can make a difference as to general cultivation

Tree problems.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:34

Buddyboy.......thanks for that...........I can't do Links straight off from this computer but I'll make a note and look at that.

I'm not too hot on bracket fungi other than as you say, it can live on both live and dead wood.

Is it the lack of foliage which makes you think of Poplar Scab ?  Would that be more likely if the tree was subject to flooding for a couple of months ?  As I said earlier, I've only "known" the tree since 2012 so no idea whether this is just an exceptional year or not.  If as reputed it is 500 years old ( and I have no reason to think it an exaggeration ), I assume it could have suffered some diseases before but gradually weakens and unable to deal with it.....same as us I guess ? 

Sorry......lots of questions

Tree problems.

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 19:16

Bob............yes, I rather think the Poplar may be an Ex Poplar before too long.  I haven't known it long enough to say whether this year has been exceptionally bad or not.  As you say, many trees can survive with the minimum of heartwood.......they then just have to take their chance with the elements.

Having just noticed the Fungi, I will check with the Village concerned ( tho as the tree is at the heart of the village and has it's own descriptive plaque I'm pretty sure they are keeping an eye on it )......and see what I can learn.  It will leave one hell of a gap that's for sure


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:49

I have 3 Chickens in my garden.  They have a Shed approx. 8 feet x 4 feet and their enclosure measures approx. 36 feet x 25 feet.  The enclosure is well planted with Trees , Hedging , Shrubs, Perennials,  etc. ,with plenty of places for dust baths, etc.  Most evenings, I let them into the main garden for an hour  or so ( easily judged by the light level) so that they can have a good peck about on the lawn without destroying it.

As Chickens naturally scratch up the earth, the major damage they will do to plants is to expose the roots.  However, they are extremely useful for turning over your compost heap. 

Consider all the aspects before taking the plunge 

Fresh Greens ( bunched Spinach or Cabbage leaves for example ) tied to their perimeter fence every day is appreciated particularly if they don't have access to fresh vegetation in their enclosure. Trying  to make and keep a "lawn" for Chickens in a restricted area is MHO a waste of effort.......if they are constantly on there, they will just ruin it.

Many people seem to make the basic mistake of keeping Chickens when they really do not have the space to keep them properly.  They are no different to any other "pet" if you intend to keep them on an amateur basis. 


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:09


I'm never sure these days what the "divide" is and you are right, it varies geographically and politically.  I think I must have had in mind  that 80's thing when anyone venturing north of Watford thought they needed Passports and vaccinations.

I was born in Cheshire and used to consider myself Northern (vowels and all ) but then people from Liverpool told me that I was Southern or at best Middle....definitely not Northern.

Still, Wasps shouldn't have that particular hang up so need a few more examples yet


How has this happened?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:48

Pauline........can't give the reason why but it is not all that unusual IME.  I've had it happen on several occasions

Glorous gardens from above

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:45

Tend not to watch many gardening progs these days but do recall with pleasure when Christine Walkden first appeared on our screens. 

Such a natural down to earth person......very knowledgeable and her enthusiasm is infectious. Glad to know that she will be back again soon 


Posted: 08/10/2014 at 17:27

Pansy..........yet another North/South divide then maybe ?  Be interesting to see if anyone from more southern parts has any observations for this year.

Oops....just realised that Ystevie is in Dudley so that knocks that theory on the head. North/South/Middle divide then ?  Getting complicated now

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Plant names...not Latin or common but those named after people

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Glyphosate killer in various forms

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