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Plants should be grown, not ripped out of forrest's.

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 23:26

A quick search of the internet also brings up many sites detailing the advances made in survival rates of these plants (80% plus ) the licensing and licence details of the Australian government bodies that regulate extraction of wild flora, the success in replanting some of these plants following development or road building or pipeline laying.

It would seem to me, that the Australians in general are taking the preservation of their indiginous flora at least as seriously as we do in the UK and possibly more so.

If plants that would otherwise have been destroyed by developement can be given a second chance then where is the problem? in much the same way that tree ferns from New Zealand were brought into cultivation when they were cleared from the forests.

I would ask people to read further on the subject before making some of the more sensationalist claims and emotive comments.  Words such as perverse, disgusting obscene and crime are unnecessary.

The Swifts are Back

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:34

The swifts finally arrived here in Norwich today in good numbers. We've had the odd one or two for a few days but today I had the very real pleasure of watching around forty or so screaming over our heads at work. As the sky turned dull and the clouds threatened rain, they flew lower and lower until they were skimming the rooftops.

Eventually my manager decided that I had spent long enough standing still staring into space and suggested tht I might like to carry on working.  Spoilsport. 

p.s.  If there is anything in reincarnation, and if you get a choice, then I am coming back as a swift.

Make do and mend

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:23

When I converted from night storage heathers to gas boiler, I had to remove the storage heaters. They were too heavy to lift so I opened them up to discover that they are lined with these brick like tiles, rather like an engineering brick, only flat and square.  The upshot is that they now form a rather atractive border edging and mowing strip in the garden.

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:15

That is a creeping buttercup, and you really do not want that in your veg plot, nor anywhere else for that matter.

Sambucus query

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:00

If these plants have come up as seedlings, then I suspect that they don't come true from seed, (having cross pollinated with a normal wild elder) and will therefore be more like the native elder. S nigra 'Black Lace' is usually propogated from cuttings.

If you bruise the leaves, elder has a very distinctive smell.

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:49

I always sow parsnips a pinch at a time. so I am in complete agreement with your daughter.  Frankly parsnips can be a bit reluctant to germinate, so I sow 4 or 5 seeds every 9 inches along the row.  Then, when they begin to grow, I pull out the weeker looking seedlings just leaving the best looking one.  I can't see the point in sowing all along the row, however thinly, when you only need a plant every 9 inches etc. Any seeds sown in the remaining 8 inches are always doomed.

This works for parsnips, turnips, beetroot, kholrabi etc.

Young Beach Hedge

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:35

I hate tree spirals but then I've never had to try and establish a hedge on rabbit infested land. Still they are preferable to those ghastly plastic tubes you see with great tufts of grass growing out of the top and a couple of rather forlorn oak leaves.

My main concern with spirals and tubes is that they can inhibit the lower trunk of the hedge plants from branching and this can result in a bare trunk  and hence a thin bare hedge bottom later on.

However if you have a rabbit problem they are probably essential to allow the plants to establish. The alternative is to fence off the whole area with netting and that can prove expensive.

Help me identify shoots please

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 19:12

I think that the plant in your first image ( turnips) is creeping buttercup which can be an invasive weed and really needs digging up. It has brittle roots and all of it needs to be removed otherwise the root pieces will grow back.

the first seed leaves of turnips will be heartshaped followed by more normal leaves.

Your lettuces look an ideal size to be transplanted, water well, lift as a clump and then gently seperate them and replant about 6 inches apart. Just be careful not to damage the stems so only hold them by the leaves.

Good luck.

cedar wood preserve

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 00:10

Perceived wisdom usually states that western red cedar doesn't need a preservative due to its naturally occuring oils imbuing it with a level of rot resistance without our interference.

However, some people do recommend using either an oil treatment or spirit based wood preservative to help maintain its looks.  you could perhaps look on the websites of cedar greenhouse manufacturers and see if they recommend anything, though I suspect that they may use a lack of maintenance as a selling point.

Native/traditional British plants for office plants?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 18:27

I can only think of one native plant that tolerates the average office climate, and that is good old Hedera helix, Ivy in other words. Not exactly exciting but given enough light and the odd mist it should survive.

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