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Apple tree

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:02

Yes you it now.  But be prepared to prune back in late summer any lomg whippy shoots.  Take advantage too to remove all dead branches and branches that are crossing others.  

You don't say what variety of apple tree you have but if a spur bearer.....I.e. bearing apples along the branches .....I would cut back ...spur back....several sub branches in late summer. 

Camera Corner

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:55

Stunning pictures David 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:51

Worth it though, eh Matt?  

MrsG. Thread has now gone back to normal.  You must have fixed it for me remotely. Thanks 

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:32

Yes, vine weevils.  The brown bit is the head and not always obvious on larvae.

reusing old conifer stumps

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:29

Many conifers contain a sort of tar oil thaf makes rotting difficult.  

I would be inclined to dig  around those stumps and sever the roots.  Carefully as you approach the Tarmac and cut them off.  I would then apply a stump killer.

Perhaps growing some tall grasses in the miscanthus.....or quick growing shrubs like buddleia for 2 or 3 years until stumps break up....or,you can help break up.

to cut or not to cut

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:19

Yes, cut them back hard.  

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 18:10

Ok, claim compensation anyway from weevil infested supplier.  Say you will name and shame here if they dont

What do "eggs" look like in other plant?  They may well be fertiliser

I would apply Provado vine weevil killer to both pots ...claiming the cost from the company supplying the vine weevils 

Did I do right?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:58

For sure they are vine weevil.  I would not have planted them.  Ask for your money back but, more importantly, excavate and remove the soil from your garden.  There will be more eggs etc and larvae you missed.  

Ask for compensation too. This is horrendous 


Posted: 04/03/2014 at 17:53


planted out few more polyanthus and potted bulbs.  More wallflowers opening and lots of blue Anemone blanda showing flowers.  

Ordered black hellebore, even more agastaches and eying up others.

Busy stint at foodbank today. Frustratingly a new system began needs looking at again methinks 

A local man had a narrow escape earlier.  A huge oak tree fell on his van whilst he was driving.  Driver behind him expected him to be dead but not even a scratch!  Very lucky fellow.

I notice this thread has been miniaturised...?   Or is it just my iPad?


wilting geranium help

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:24

Hiya Nick

Just normal dormancy but have a quick check to make sure vine weevils aren't present.  

Your plant will soon shoot in spring

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