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  1. dw1305

    Sewage dumping in rivers.

    Hi all, It is raw sewage. Technically all our sewage is treated before release into inland, or coastal, waters, but many of the water companies have derogation that allows them to discharge raw sewage in "exceptional circumstances", such as to stop raw sewage backing up into people bathrooms...
  2. dw1305

    Accidental tree

    Hi all, I can see what you mean, but Hydrangeas have opposite buds, and these are alternate. I think it is a Willow (Salix) or just possibly a Poplar (Populus). cheers Darrel
  3. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Very nice, Acacia dealbata ("Mimosa"). Too cold (and limy) here for that. cheers Darrel
  4. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Clivia miniata, very nice. cheers Darrel
  5. dw1305

    Zebra Danio neuroscience

    Hi all, They have their <"own journal">. I have <"an acquaintance"> who works on Danio rerio neural crest cells. Apparently the gene control of fin formation is conserved in all vertebrates and the neural crest cells have the ability to regenerate tissue, meaning that you can use fin...
  6. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I think it is <"Wych Elm (Ulmus glabra)">. If the flower is bigger? Then it might be <"Parrotia persica">, but that has bark more like a Plane (Platanus). cheers Darrel
  7. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, Another non-orchid, and a horrible photo, but this is 2021 version of <"Hippeastrum "Exotic Star">. cheers Darrel
  8. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I think it is a Palm as well. Possibly <"Trachycarpus fortunei?>". All Palm seedlings <"look fairly similar">. cheers Darrel
  9. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I'll just update the Clematis cuttings situation, now the days are drawing out. They've all survived, other than Clematis x cartmanii "Avalanche" which rooted but has subsequently died. I'm not sure why, but I have a feeling that happened last time. It maybe that they didn't get...
  10. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, "Cool growing Paphiopedilum", as a search term, pretty quickly took me to P. insigne. cheers Darrel
  11. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, I'd go for that, one pot at a time and probably as soon as they've finished flowering. A little bit of searching found a name <"Paphiopedilum insigne">. This looks some <"good advice">. I've had this plant of <"Coelogyne cristata"> since 1986. cheers Darrel
  12. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, Now that is a lovely gift. I'd probably stick with those growing conditions, it is a Paphiopedilum sp., but I don't know which one. They come from a wide altitude range so that there are warm, intermediate and cool growing species. They need humidity, so keeping them cooler helps...
  13. dw1305

    Weather forecast?

    Hi all, Not the sovereign, <"the groat">. cheers Darrel
  14. dw1305

    Salad Leaves

    Hi all, Yes, that is where they end up, <"hopefully eaten by the fish">, rather than me. cheers Darrel
  15. dw1305

    Salad Leaves

    Hi all, Usually grow a few herbs (Coriander, Chives, Basil, Parsley) in the winter on the windowsill. The only real issue is that they tend to be very prone to greenfly. cheers Darrel
  16. dw1305

    Weather forecast?

    Hi all, "Living in the country". I don't know its derivation. cheers Darrel
  17. dw1305

    Weather forecast?

    H all, I'm not convinced, I think you may <"you've fired your stove up?"> cheers Darrel
  18. dw1305

    Weather forecast?

    Hi all, <"Cold with a strong E. wind">, a fair amount of snow away from the SW, and likely to stay the same for the next ~10 days. cheers Darrel
  19. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, No wonder it is warm in Guernsey........... cheers Darrel
  20. dw1305

    Songs from the Man Cave!

    Hi all, Definitely time for some Blues: Albert King "I'll play the Blues for you" and back to the deepest well of all, Bobby "Blue" Bland "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" cheers Darrel
  21. dw1305

    Plants price increase??

    Hi all, I've suggested a few songs for his difficult second album, so far I'm hoping for a cover of Billy Paul's "Am I black enough for you" and Minnie Riperton's "Loving you" and possibly some rapping, I think a bit of Public Enemy (or NWA) might be called for, or possibly some Death Metal...
  22. dw1305

    Plants price increase??

    Hi all, What you need is an uplifting post-Brexit, Covid lock down proof, <"playlist">. If none of these work there is always "Renaissance man" Nick Knowles's album, which I was recently introduced to and I can genuinely say it is a jaw-dropping experience. cheers Darrel
  23. dw1305

    New top poster on UKAPS!!

    Hi all, Definitely a few of <"those">, but possibly <"Frogbit"> and <"cycling posts"> have been my bread and butter? <"Iron deficiency"> has been a more recent spin-off, a bit like "Frasier" from "Cheers", but less entertaining. cheers Darrel
  24. dw1305

    New top poster on UKAPS!!

    Hi all, Already done. I'm leaving it in the garden until I virtually transfer it to @Tim Harrison sometime later in the year. cheers Darrel
  25. dw1305

    New top poster on UKAPS!!

    Hi all, Thanks Paulo, @DeepMetropolis & @papa_c , but I have cheated really by making the same post 11,000 times. cheers Darrel
  26. dw1305

    Poison dart frog vivariums

    Hi all, I'm sorry to hear that, I didn't know anything about Dart Frogs at the start and I've really enjoyed the thread. cheers Darrel
  27. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It looks like it might be a Broom (Cytisus spp.). cheers Darrel
  28. dw1305

    A journey through the Rio Sucuri

    Hi all, No, spring water doesn't need to be hard, it is more the presence of the Charophytes that tells you the water is hard. Where I live it is all limestone and a lot of the springs are <"tufa forming"> where the CO2 has some out of solution at the spring head and calcium carbonate (CaCO3)...
  29. dw1305

    A journey through the Rio Sucuri

    Hi all, I think the spring water <"welling up through the stream bed is carbonate rich">, the <"presence of Charophytes"> is usually a good indicator for hard water and the spring water would continually replenish the HCO3- ions for those plants that can use bicarbonate as <"their DIC source">...
  30. dw1305

    Two kinds of plant people!

    Hi all, Same for me, I mainly buy remaindered garden and house plants, but I have a pretty good idea of what is wrong with them and whether they are retrievable. It would be fair to say I still probably only have about a 50% hit rate long term, and I now use the <"three strikes and your out">...
  31. dw1305

    Bug ID

    Hi all, They look like beetle larvae. A lot of Beetles eat dead wood. The other option is that they are Bee or Wax moth larvae, and that you have had a Bees nest in the shed roof. The Tree Bumblebee (Bombus hypnorum) is both <"frequently attacked by Wax moths"> and commonly nests in sheds...
  32. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I didn't know that, and apparently "Freckles" <"was bred on Guernsey">. cheers Darrel
  33. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I haven't seen that one. There is a M. eurybracteata 'Soft Caress' (I'd have had no idea what it was, but it still had the label) down the road from us. These little new cultivars definitely look more suitable for smaller gardens. £25 <"from Burncoose">. cheers Darrel
  34. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I've got a similar one, they are either Mahonia x media "Charity" or M. x media "Winter Sun". I planted mine about 25 years ago (it is quite big now) and when we first had it used to flower after Christmas, but now it is reliably in flower by November. There is research that...
  35. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I think a lot of it depends on timing and getting wood that has started to harden, but hasn't hardened too far. I've got "My Angel", "Freckles", "Winter Beauty" and "Avalanche" as rooted cuttings at the moment, but had a total failure with all the viticella ones I tried and I've never...
  36. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It is about as good as I've got, SE facing and protected to both sides by <"next doors conservatory"> and our kitchen. Behind it is a <"Cedar wood panel"> (it is a 1970's house). It survived 2010 and 2012 (we got the <"solar panels in spring 2011">, so the photo predates then), when it...
  37. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I'm not sure how much you will be able to hear, but this was the Bees abuzz on Saturday lunchtime. cheers Darrel
  38. dw1305

    Sportfishing anyone?

    Hi all, She is a very fat pike. I used to fish, and <"for pike in the winter">, but I don't any more. We have a <"few active fishermen">. cheers Darrel
  39. dw1305

    Not an Orchid

    Hi all, Above the soil. It is probably a form of <"Dendrobium nobile">. cheers Darrel
  40. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, If your saw one you liked, and a bit of stem was to fall off into your pocket, it would be very easy to root it. My guess is that some of the lower stem has died and that is why the stems ("leaves") are shrivelling. Knock it out of the pot and see what you've got, it might be vine...
  41. dw1305

    Not an Orchid

    Hi all, That one. cheers Darrel
  42. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, Not an orchid, but our Christmas Cacti were looking very flowery this morning. They nearly all originally belonged to (now dead) relatives, so I've been taking a bit more care of them recently. Cheers Darrel
  43. dw1305

    The Little Bee Hive

    Hi all, I think they must be "wasps", purely because wasps make paper nests and bees use wax. In the UK those scalloped outer nests covers are made by Vespula vulgaris, I'm not sure about mainland Europe, where you will have more different social wasps. The little bees might be an insect...
  44. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Yes, they are either male or female. At Kew there are quite a few different old trees (originally seed grown?) so I assume that there is a mix of sexes. I think most of the trees in the UK are clonal and male. cheers Darrel
  45. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, That is a lovely tree, and a favourite of mine. I usually go to Kew Gardens this time of year (but not in 2020). They have a number of big Ginkgo trees, including <"one planted in 1762">. I think in 2018 they were particularly spectacular and had "fruited". cheers Darrel
  46. dw1305

    Music to get you through

    Hi all, The weather may have deteriorated, but things are maybe a looking up a trifle? These may have been a little gloomy, so I give you one I hadn't heard since the 1970s - <"Osibisa"> and "Sunshine Day". They were great live. cheers Darrel
  47. dw1305

    Climate change (Why do PFK bother with blogs?)

    Hi all, I don't think you can blame scientists for this, they are trying to retain some form of objectivity in a <"post-truth environment of alternative "facts"">. I certainly agree with that. I'm not sure that he has any scientific validity. It is back to Karl Popper, "...........the...
  48. dw1305

    Climate change (Why do PFK bother with blogs?)

    Hi all, I just thought I'd update this thread (<"originally from 2010">), now we are ten years on. This is from the World Economic Forum: <"2020 is on course to be the warmest year on record">. The whole thread is quite an interesting read, but some things have changed. My wife is no longer a...
  49. dw1305

    Steeplejack Fred

    Hi all, There is the <"Big Pit"> in S. Wales, and you can go in a <"Slate mine in N. Wales">. We used to actually have <"one in Corsham">, where I live, but I think that the mine that it was in has re-opened for stone extraction. cheers Darrel
  50. dw1305

    Steeplejack Fred

    Hi all, If the family go shopping in Swindon, I go with them, but go to the <"GWR museum">. The built the outlet centre on most of the old railworks. It is a good museum, but the whole set-up makes me pretty angry, partially because we've gone from building locomotives to shopping for tat on...
  51. dw1305

    Steeplejack Fred

    Hi all, He became quite a big star in the UK and had a series of TV programs and books. He died about 2005. cheers Darrel
  52. dw1305

    Solar roof panels

    Hi all, It was entirely due to my wife, we'ed been to <"W. Bavaria in 2010">, and there were solar panels everywhere, to the extent that farmers had obviously constructed new barns just to put solar panels on them. I remember her phoning me up at work (after she got the details from the UK...
  53. dw1305

    Solar roof panels

    Hi all, Just to update this thread our solar panels are still performing at he same level as they did when we got them in 2011. This is May 2020, our best month ever. The FIT on the graph is the 2011 value, so it really was ridiculously generous as it is RPI linked for 25 years., and they have...
  54. dw1305

    Water storage

    Hi all A <"re-conditioned IBC">? 1000 litres of storage. cheers Darrel
  55. dw1305

    Betula golden cloud

    Hi all, No, you aren't missing anything, I think it is a horrible sickly looking thing. It is a better tree than the purple leaved Birch (B. pendula "Purpurea"), but not as good as Betula pendula "Tristis" etc. Its foliage is yellow and doesn't burn, but it still looks sickly. My favourite...
  56. dw1305

    Songs from the Man Cave!

    Hi all, I like the Phyllis Hyman/ Norman Connors cover version. She was the real deal. I have to play it after I've had too much <"Bobby Blue Bland"> or <"Walter Trout">. cheers Darrel
  57. dw1305

    Cyanobacteria kill elephants

    Hi all, You just need to <"practice lots">, so you reduce your cyanobacteria intake. cheers Darrel
  58. dw1305

    Is this palm worth re-potting??

    Hi all, It looks OK. My guess is the fibrous roots at the bottom are dead, but the plant should recover. Just pot it more deeply so the new stem roots, that you can see in the photo, are under the compost. They will grow out and the plant should perk up then. As the others have said it is a...
  59. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It does, also definitely Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus). cheers Darrel
  60. dw1305

    Show your orchids!

    Hi all, It is the same plant, but not the same plant at the same time, because I've propagated it from cuttings (cloned it) numerous times during that time period, if that makes sense? cheers Darrel
  61. dw1305

    Jackdaw japes

    Hi all, When I was school someone had a pet one. It used to sit on his shoulder as well and he had very tattered ear lobes. Some-one else had a stoat and his fingers looked like they had been seared with a blow-torch. cheers Darrel
  62. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Italian Alder (Alnus cordata). I wouldn't have ever guessed without the "cone". I've never seen a really big one like that. I was thinking it might be a Poplar, or a Pyrus, but it didn't look quite right for either. cheers Darrel
  63. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, I don't know what the first tree is, the one with the lovely dark green leaf. Not quite on the same scale, but this is the gravel garden (from last week): Dierama spp. and Abutilon megapoticum. and a real "value for money one" Gaura lindheimeri, it flowers and flowers and flowers...
  64. dw1305

    Darrel Reaches 10,000 Posts!

    Hi all, If it had been more straightforward <"to get accurate NO3 values"> I probably wouldn't have ever gone down the publicizing the <"Duckweed index"> route. <"I'd used myself">, but without ever really appreciating that it could be expanded into a more general approach. This forum made me...
  65. dw1305

    Darrel Reaches 10,000 Posts!

    Hi all, Thanks everybody, it hasn't really been 10,000 posts in 12 years, it has been the same five posts repeated 2000 times each. I've learned a lot from the forum (its members really), and I think I was very lucky to have found it when I did. cheers Darrel
  66. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It comes up really freely from seed and is found in New Zealand (and Australia). It grew by the lake in Rotorua. Years ago I picked up an interesting "weed seedling" from the Cotswold Wildlife Park and it turned out to be this, I've also seen it at the landfill since and there are...
  67. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Kangaroo Apple - Solanum laciniatum, probably hardy with you. cheers Darrel
  68. dw1305

    Found a baby bird. ID needed

    Hi all, They can't take -off from the floor, so they leave the nest fully fledged and don't land again at all until they are ready to breed after several years away. The normal advice for any swift is to re-launch (throw it up) and then hopefully it will fly away. cheers Darrel
  69. dw1305

    Improving a lawn for insects

    Hi all, Tom (@plantbrain) wrote a bit on the forum about his academic job. This is on <"Aquatic plant management"> and this one talks about <"fishing lake management">. I read this in one of <"Dave Goulson's books">, I must admit while nothing about the USA amazes me, it amazes me that you can...
  70. dw1305

    Deception?

    Hi all, .......and what about Wagon-wheels? and how are they ever going to sell another one now that there aren't any spectators in football grounds? I wouldn't say I'm a masochist, but paying to watch Bristol Rovers play at Twerton Park in the late 1980s, (Wagon-wheel in one hand, Bovril in...
  71. dw1305

    Rock Wool

    Hi all, I think it is mainly just to do with aesthetics. The rock wool itself is just basalt that has been <"melted and then spun like candy-floss">, so it is pretty inert. That is why growers like it, it has good air and water holding characteristics and just acts as a physical support. You...
  72. dw1305

    What are these trees doing?

    Hi all, Looks like a “Hemlock” Tsuga, they have very “contrasty” new growth. Cheers Darrel
  73. dw1305

    Dead branches in tree

    Hi all, Yes shows enough, probably <"Prunus cerasifera "Nigra"> and you can see all the green shoots growing from the base, from below the graft union. cheers Darrel
  74. dw1305

    Dead branches in tree

    Hi all, My guess is that the tree isn't long for this world. They do. I think the information is particularly to do with "Silver Leaf", but is also good advice for "Bacterial Canker" etc. That looks interesting. I can't see from the photo what the tree is. Can you get a closer photo? cheers...
  75. dw1305

    A huge thanks to UKAPS :)

    Hi all, You don't have to be a member to read the posts. I lurked here for quite a while before I joined (in 2008). cheers Darrel
  76. dw1305

    Climber ideas

    Hi all, Definitely "Kentish Belle". cheers Darrel
  77. dw1305

    Climber ideas

    Hi all, Hydrangea petiolaris is nice. Abutilon (and Jasminium) spp are great as a cutting. I've had my eye on a stray bit of Jasminum officinale "Clotted Cream" in Bath, but I don't really have anywhere to put it. I've had both "Kentish Belle" and "Cynthia Pike", and they were very similar...
  78. dw1305

    Climber ideas

    Hi all, More likely to do well in Norwich than with me. I don't think they mind a cold winter if they get a good summer. I've seen them in Europe (in Lyon and near Lake Constance (Meersburg)) where it must be cold in the winter, but has a warm summer. Whatever it says in the book they are easy...
  79. dw1305

    Climber ideas

    Hi all, Campsis is a funny one, it either likes you or it doesn't. I've got three, one is on a west wall at work and it flowers and grows pretty well, one is on a west wall but has some competition from other climbers, it is OK and flowers some years and one in Corsham on a SE wall and <"that...
  80. dw1305

    Making a terrestrial foliar feed from Tropica premium

    Hi all, I did, <"but a long time ago">. Last week of (virtual) term, so busy with a lot of meetings. I have a pretty laissez faire attitude towards fertilisers and fertilising, but we have a lot of members who have approached it in a much more scientific and rigorous manner. My guess is that it...
  81. dw1305

    Songs from the Man Cave!

    Hi all, I don't listen to much new music, but this came up as a suggestion on YouTube. They must have some strange algorithm, because I only really listen to soul and blues, but I did enjoy this one. Loony "Some kinda love". cheers Darrel
  82. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It had a few dead leaves, but overall not too bad considering the glasshouse has only had minimal maintenance since March. I think it should work, it would basically be like adding leaves, but with a bit potassium (K) etc. I'd probably cut them up rather than using them whole, I also...
  83. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Better late than never, this was this morning and apologies for the state of the glasshouse. cheers Darrel
  84. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Tilia platyphyllos, should have long hairs along the veins, on the underside of the leaves. Cheers Darrel
  85. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Tilia cordata, and fairly elderly? Cheers Darrel
  86. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Should have one somewhere at work. If I can't find it I'll get an up to date one next week. cheers Darrel
  87. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, It should be fine. I'd probably try very dilute liquid feed, and some leaf mold placed into the central cup? There are roots, they grow inside the sterile basal fronds. You can water it a bit more freely with it outside, I leave the hose running into the cup of mine until water runs...
  88. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, Great minds.... cheers Darrel
  89. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, That looks lovely, no wonder Buddha looks so happy, but I'm not sure about your <"choice of Beer">. cheers Darrel
  90. dw1305

    Marine organism ID

    Hi all, I think it is a Nudibranch as well. I wouldn't like to hazard a guess further than that. I think some of the other Aplysia sp. are <"active swimmers">. cheers Darrel
  91. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, My first thought was <"Cherry Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)">, but that would be a strange thing to have in a pot. cheers Darrel
  92. dw1305

    Another plant ID please

    Hi all, A lot of Penstemon would be similar. You get a lot of similar tubular red flowers in the Americas because they are <"bird pollinated"> and that puts strong selective pressure on them to be red and tubular. cheers Darrel
  93. dw1305

    Another plant ID please

    Hi all, Flower shape and the bit I could see of the stem (square stem, leaves opposite "decussate") so almost certainly a labiate (<"Lamiaceae">). I started off with <"Chaenorhinum origanifolium">, I knew it wasn't that, but it was in right area. Then I looked Salvia, Origanum & Teucrium, but...
  94. dw1305

    Another plant ID please

    Hi all, It isn't either of those because the flowers are zygomorphic (non-symmetrical). I keep thinking it is a labiate, either a Salvia, Teucrium, Scutellaria or an Origanum but I can't think of a suitable species. The nearest I've got so far is Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’...
  95. dw1305

    Another plant ID please

    Hi all, I don't know what it is, but it is lovely. cheers Darrel
  96. dw1305

    Get your garden out

    Hi all, A "lockdown" one from yesterday. cheers Darrel
  97. dw1305

    DIY Garden Weedkiller Recipe needed

    Hi all, Membranes work. I've found the type of gravel makes a difference too. I originally put down "cotswold gravel", but it is really soft and both trod into the house and grew seedlings prodigously. Eventually I replaced it with 20mm flint gravel, and that is a lot less weedy. The other...
  98. dw1305

    EI salts for a houseplant fertiliser recipe

    Hi all, Yes, you can use exactly the same salts for your house plants etc. All plants needs all the nutrients necessary for plant growth, and they all take them up as ions from solution, even if they are succulents etc. The main difference is that terrestrial fertilisers usually contain...
  99. dw1305

    EI salts for a houseplant fertiliser recipe

    Hi all, It is has got everything you need for your houseplants, so you can follow exactly the same approach. I use the water change water for watering the plants, in the summer I add a little bit of liquid feed as well. Usually I'd suggest some thing like <"Miracle Gro" as a cheaper option>...
  100. dw1305

    Plant ID

    Hi all, Brilliant, new plant for me, and I wouldn't have guessed the right genus in a thousand years. cheers Darrel
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