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  • Birthday 23/01/1971

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  1. Since when did willows have opposite nodes?
  2. This is going off-topic a bit, but I have seen elder in hedges and they seem to create a gap for themselves; other species to either side do not grow and interlace with them. It is as if there is an allelopathic effect going on. Then the elder grows a sparse network of brittle stems which are no good for retaining stock. So I don't blame landowners who try to get rid of them.
  3. The seed capsules remind me of Eucalyptus.
  4. Are those really compound leaves, or simple leaves born on a fresh shoot? Since they appear to be opposite, that could narrow it down.
  5. I thought Stihl was a German company anyway. Have you tried them directly?
  6. Thanks to aspenarb and se7enthdevil for the ident. It's a bit I got as salvage, used to make poppets for my pole lathe.
  7. Hi, does anyone know what this is likely to be? It's undoubtedly some tropical hardwood, very dense with a waxy feel.
  8. I have found that the trouble with stripping things for spares is that the same components are worn out on the donor as on the recipient. So unless you know that someting significant has been replaced fairly recently, I'd give it the swerve.
  9. Robinia suckers? I doubt it. They will push it up like a tent and eventually find a way through. Remember they have the parent tree supplying resources, so if they do appear, you will have to include them in the weeding routine for ever.
  10. Just cut the privet back to the ground. It's possible that you may be able to pull some of it out of the ground. Then just keep cutting off any growth it puts up and it will eventually give up. Or use a flame weeder if you have one. One consequence of digging it up is not so much harm to the robinia, but that the disturbance will trigger the growth of dozens of suckers all round the trunk.
  11. Looks like walnut, same as one of the other posts by the same person. Just one thing Dicer, it's "ID" not "I'd". I don't mean to get totally OCD over this, but it's beginning to grate.
  12. Beardie


    You either need to accept that they will most likely crack as they dry, or use them green and accept that they will be single-use. On the other hand, I have heard that horse chestnut resists cracking, though I can't confirm this first-hand. It has a very soft texture apparently.
  13. I thought that was the Gutta-percha Tree, Eucommia ulmoides.
  14. The structure of the flower is certainly Cornus-like; the 'petals' are actually bracts surrounding a bunch of individual flowers in the middle. Exactly what it is I can't say, there are a lot of hybrids around.
  15. Maybe she doesn't know anyone else in such a dangerous profession. Mind you, it's not my place to moralize, what with the number of times I have left off some protective clothing, just for a quick job. There but for the grace of God, etc.


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