Latest posts by steephill

Bramley seedling bugs

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 13:58

Dog urine isn't helping certainly so try to stop that until the tree is well established. Poor fruiting is usually a result of poor pollination. Your Bramley is a triploid and needs two other pollinators and won't act as a pollinator for your other tree. If there are other apple trees in gardens around you then you should be OK provided they are in the correct pollination group. A crab apple tree is a very useful all-round pollinator if you don't have any other trees around. 

Mysterious fruit tree

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 20:40

Mirabelle plum perhaps? Very tasty and makes great jam.

Camera Talk - part 2

Posted: 14/07/2017 at 20:36

Had a lovely week in Devon recently, rented a big house with a 3.5 acre garden.  Lots of exotic plants which I didn't recognise which I don't think we could grow in our own garden. Here are some evening shots of the views we had.

Sunset looking West over the pool.

Sunset looking East over the garden

Moonrise over the Channel. Moonlight is the main source of light in this shot, the full moon was very bright.

Steela - cherry tree?

Posted: 28/06/2017 at 15:19

Cherry plum also known as Myrobalan plum. Makes great jam.

standard first great western rose

Posted: 27/06/2017 at 16:00

gives a few choices.

I did think that maybe just visit your local station given the name .

Last edited: 27 June 2017 16:01:04

The cherry thief

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 22:44

Ever wondered where all the cherries go? Blackbirds having a field day on the wild cherry tree today.

This mature roe deer stag turned up this afternoon and has been coming into the garden for at least the last couple of years. I recognise him from his torn ear.

Drip irrigation system

Posted: 24/06/2017 at 22:11

Hozelock and Gardena are the most common systems you will find in garden centres. I have had poor experiences with the automatic water timers from both these manufacturers with none ever lasting more than 2 years before dying. I have just picked up a new timer from Screwfix which has the advantage of being much cheaper than the other two so at least if it doesn't last any longer I will have spent less.

It takes a bit of experimentation to fine tune whichever system you pick so factor that in and the time it will take before you leave it on auto.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 17:40

Nanny Beach, the programme was called "The Secrets of Sleep". Last night was the first of three episodes.

Unknown rapid growing exotic plant

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:38

Looks like bamboo to me, not sure which one but it can be very invasive.

Hello Forkers ... June Edition

Posted: 22/06/2017 at 10:33

Interesting programme on More4 last night about people with sleeping problems which a few here might be interested in. Seems something as simple as sleep is actually quite complex. 

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