Latest posts by waterbutts

Fruit Tree Issues

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:27

Well, top marks for trying, aes!

Having said that you are a novice gardener you are just about to try a technique that most gardeners leave to the professionals.

All apple tree varieties have their own particular shape and degree of vigour so that might account for the difference in the two trees' shapes now. However, and it is a big however, they belong to two different pollination groups. This means that the St Edmund is one of the earliest to flower and Newton's Wonder among the latest. Hence, they are never going to pollinate each other.

So, if you were to graft yet more varieties onto one or both of them the grafted varieties would need to correspond in pollination group with the plant onto which they were grafted. All getting a bit complicated.

Are you short of space? If not, I would advise against grafting. It is a skilled job and you could well create more problems for yourself. I would advise you to go to a good garden centre and buy two more trees, one in pollination group 2 for St Edmund and one in pollination group 5 for Newton.

where are the seeds?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 21:15

I was just thinking the opposite today. The clematis have all set seed where I would normally have expected whorls of fluff, the roses are all producing hips and the scabious seeds are in the thousand. The strange thing is that the runner beans and broad beans were very poorly fertilised from start to finish.

Do you think it depends on whether there were long-tongued or short-tongued bees around? I read that one reason some people had poor crops of peas and beans was that they had more short-tongued bee species in their gardens than other people.

shady veg plot

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 20:40

I think you are going to have to work with what you have rather than try and fight it. Several things would be happy in shade - raspberries, blackcurrants, red currants, strawberries, gooseberries  - and rhubarb  - will all do well.

Persicaria Red Dragon

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:24

Red Dragon is subject to plant breeder's rights and I can only find a short variety in any catalogue. Are you certain that it was a Red Dragon?

Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:17

We once had  a pot containing a buddleia in our front garden. Of course, they put their roots down for miles and they had gone right through the hole in the bottom and into the earth.

One bloke thought he'd pop it on the back of his flatbed lorry and drive off. His face as he tried to lift it, found it impossibly heavy, couldn't understand why, tried again and failed, looked up and saw me laughing at him was a picture.

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 12:30

Hello happy, 

I don't think you would damage the lilac buds but I think you would find that the Polish Spirit was a bit too boisterous and you would get bored with all the disentangling that you would have to keep doing. Our neighbour cut theirs down to ground level in the spring and it is currently densely covering a 6 x6 fence panel, and more, to a thickness of about 2 feet. A beautiful plant, covered in flowers for months, but a bit of a lad.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 10:38

A shame it wasn't Clavuliopsis corniculata as you could have made it into an interesting omelette. All the others are inedible, unfortunately.

Love the cyclamen seedheads. They would make a beautiful brooch.

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 21:31

More fungi to consider:

Clavulinopsis fusiformis

Clavulinopsis helvola

Clavulinopsis corniculata

Twisted Yellow Thing

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 21:24

Hello maryplain, sorry to hear about the vet. Always stressful.

Could your mystery objects be Cordyceps militaris, a fungus that grows on buried butterfly, moth and insect pupae?

Rose - Two tone green leaves

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 18:17

Have any of them been overlapping and blocking sunlight from parts of the leaves underneath?

Whatever it is, if the rose has been doing well over the summer it doesn't sound as if it is going to cause it too much harm.

Wait and see if it happens again next spring?

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