Dear Kitty, Summer Time was brought in to give longer Summer evenings. In Winter we revert to GMT.
I used to grow them in a cold greenhouse.
Perhaps I was a bit harsh about Charlotte, but we like to grow a variety different from what is in the supermarket. It's far more fun!
The tip of a pyracantha thorn popped out of my thumb just below the nail recently. It has been there at least 15 years.
I believe it takes about 4 years for a viable harvest and they will probably not come true, that is they may be a cross and quite unlike their parents.
Why is anybody growing Charlotte? My local garden shop has 90 varieties! Charlotte is the most unadventurous choice there is! Why not try something different.
If you buy them out of the sack you can buy 1 potato of 6 different varieties, and none of them need be Charlotte.
What a waste of effort to deliberately plant blackthorn, unless for an impenetrable hedge. Concentrate on damsons. They have more uses and are preferable in every way.
Chuck without guilt! It will be a common or garden variety, probably. If you want Crocosmia there are good varieties, but choose them when in flower.
Once a mature tree is removed, it has gone. This is council policy. No trees, no leaves, no leaf clearing. No blocked drains. Result!
Stuff the residents; they only pay their council tax. Why should they have a say?
I don't think it had anything to do with disease. I got the impression no trees are cheaper to manage than growing trees. It had been recommended by the management consultants as part of their money saving regime.