Quick ques­tions & an­swers

Amateur Gardening - - Pick Of The Very Best -

QIs this type of ap­ple good for crosspol­li­na­tion? Gerry Man­dev­ille, Bos­ton, Lincs

AThis is a crab ap­ple. Trees flower over a long pe­riod and are used to cross-pol­li­nate a wide range of dessert and cooking ap­ples.

The fruits are edi­ble and can be made into jelly, though some peo­ple are al­ler­gic to them.

QCan you iden­tify this gor­geous plant? Becky Laf­ferty, via email

AThis is the shrub Leyces­te­ria for­mosa, also called pheas­ant berry or Hi­malayan hon­ey­suckle.

It is a hardy, vig­or­ous, fast­grow­ing non-ev­er­green shrub that is easy to grow and self-seeds eas­ily. It is at its best in par­tial shade. It pro­duces berries in au­tumn, which are loved by birds.

QCan you tell me what this amaz­ing in­sect is? It was on my sprouts. Frank Melody, Gran­tham, Lincs

AThis is the hawthorn shield bug (Acan­tho­soma haem­or­rhoidale). Wide­spread, it also colonises dog­wood, hazel, holly, oak and many other trees.

Harm­less to cul­ti­vated plants, it lays eggs be­tween mid-spring and early sum­mer. Pleas­ingly, no con­trol is nec­es­sary.

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