steephill


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Tree identification

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 12:40

Looks like beech to me. Don't worry about the leaves appearing, mine are at the same stage and will fill out over the next two weeks.

What do you do or what did you do at work

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 22:57

Was an investor in the future using taxpayers money, reckon I got through £120 million. I was a Civil Servant working on science and technology grant programmes such as nanotechnology. My last post before retiring was about encouraging international cooperation in science and technology with the richer countries of the world.

seeds from the USA

Posted: 20/04/2014 at 12:41

I think you mean Natal plum a South African plant, some useful info here www.hartley-botanic.co.uk/featured-blogs/bob-flowerdew/27-natal-plums Seems like you should be able to find seeds in the UK but if not then buying small quantities of seed is easy enough. 

grey squirrels

Posted: 12/04/2014 at 11:35

http://www.greysquirrelcontrol.co.uk/ should give you some ideas and facts about tree damage. However it is worth noting that all previous cull attempts have failed. 

Growing rhubarb (& possibly veg or herbs) under Apple trees

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 12:15

Sounds like you are interested in what is now known as forest gardening - useful link for you http://www.agroforestry.co.uk/forgndg.html

What's this plant?

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 22:54

A couple of suggestions,  Russian vine or clematis Montana. A photo of the offending plant in full growth during summer would help a lot.

Tall hedges

Posted: 04/04/2014 at 21:33

Laurel is evergreen and will grow tall. It would need regular but not frequent pruning to keep it in good shape. If neglected it will grow as wide as it gets tall. 

The glory of Daffodils

Posted: 03/04/2014 at 23:35


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 Boring old daffodils, just those vulgar nodding yellow heads. Bah! Don't know what anyone sees in them.

From my trial bed in 2011. Sadly slugs took a terrible toll and only the strongest survived.

Slug solution....

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:38


 This group were in one of my compost bins a few years ago. I see them regularly in the garden and saw my first of the year last week, one of last year's new brood. There was also a grass snake sharing the compost bin with the slow worms that year but it was much too fast to catch with the camera whereas the slow worms lived up to their name.

I found a grass snake today when I was clearing debris from around my garage. I scooped up a spade full of debris and deposited it in the barrow and was surprised to see a foot long young snake looking a bit disorientated in the middle of the barrow. I had been keeping an eye open for more slow worms but the grass snake was a bit of a shock. Thankfully it was unharmed and I relocated it to some nearby vegetation.

Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 21:21

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/Profile.aspx?pid=599 has useful info. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for troubleshooting. Basically it prefers a warm sunny site. A 12 year old plant should now be several metres tall. How big is yours?

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