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enter image description hereNearly retired professional gardener/horticulturalist, working principally in ornamental gardening, UK pests/diseases knowledge.


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revised Why is my new Acer tree dying?
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revised Why is my new Acer tree dying?
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answered Why is my new Acer tree dying?
Jul
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comment Identification of houseplant and diagnosis of its discontent
@J.Musser: it is definitely Celosia, albeit an unhappy one - check out google images - sometimes listed as Celosia argentea, but this is a variety of Celosia cristata - infloresecence varies from plume to cockscomb, like this one, as does leaf size.
Jul
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awarded  Revival
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revised Improving soil for grass
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answered Improving soil for grass
Jul
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comment What are these little intense colored green plants with needles?
@OrganicLawnDIY: i'm not so sure, I'm fairly convinced I can see stem running back from what was once a flower, into the plant. Be good if you could check next time you're there, and also touch it to see what it feels like.
Jul
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comment What are these little intense colored green plants with needles?
Are those tiny yellowish flowers, or the remains of flowers, or just bits in the pile, that I'm seeing in the pic? This looks like ground cover, but you describe 'balls', so how tall does it get? Are the leaves stiff and prickly, or soft?
Jul
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answered Will I run into trouble if I water houseplants with carbonated water?
Jul
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comment How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?
@Twisted; Ah well, it was worth a try - I take it you've looked up blossom wilt for images then...
Jul
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comment How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?
see answer below
Jul
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answered How do I encourage my plum tree to produce fruit?
Jul
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revised What zone 5 trees and shrubs produce the most pollen?
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answered What zone 5 trees and shrubs produce the most pollen?
Jul
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comment How long do cherry seeds store for?
get some peat/sand and try this method with both fresher pips and dried ones, if you've room
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revised What is the name of this tree and is it dangerous for our daughter?
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reviewed Close What was this large yellow-green fruit I ate in Ethiopia?
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comment How long do cherry seeds store for?
@Ashes: the only thing I'm slightly concerned about is you let the cherry stones dry - normally, with this method, you just pick them out of the cherry, scrape off everything you can, and pop them in the peat/sand mix, but I reckon it'll still work. Not all will germinate anyway, that's to be expected.
Jul
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answered What is the name of this tree and is it dangerous for our daughter?