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richard.spicer.7906

Based in St Albans. Making a career change to studying Horticulture. Likes most plants/shrubs, Bulb addict and converted succulent lover 😄

Prunus

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richard.spicer.7906

Sitting in a late night coffee shop in London waiting for a train home from work, after a very long three days. Just one more day then it’s the wkd. Off to the Malvern show on Sunday for some me time with friends 😊

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nessas

Aww enjoy your weekend Rich 👍🏻

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juliesgarden

Have fun Rich, enjoy the rest ☺️

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clipperty

Hey Rich - much deserved RichTime. Ha I have tomorrow off so my weekend has commenced...Have an absolutely brilliant weekend xx

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awomanonabike

Have a wonderful weekend. Malvern will be fabulous I’m sure 😊

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kathy

Have a great weekend

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linfoster

Your always so busy Rich but have a fabulous weekend 🤗

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terrimclaughlin

Looks like a great place to unwind!! Have a great time with your friends. Very nice picture.😊💕

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pelly

Lovely, enjoy 👍👍

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fuschia

Have a great time at Malvern Rich. What better way to relax than looking at beautiful flowers 🥀🥀🌷🌷⚘⚘

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Naomi126

👌📸👌

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richard.spicer.7906

My happy place 😊 - missing the garden a lot at the moment, lots of spring daffs and tulips are up and out. Beds do need weeding, but everything is looking quite natural. And the cherry blossom has appeared out of nowhere, on Wednesday it hadn’t even opened yet.

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richard.spicer.7906

Polytunnel is almost obscured from the bedroom window. Hadn’t thought about the view from the house but never mind. I’ll have to find a creative way of screening it 🤔

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rachelbrooks

Natural gardens are my favourite kind 💚 didn’t notice the polytunnel til you said!

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carolecuttingitfine

Agree with @rachelbrooks (bit like your front door Rachel 😂) what a lovely view and a great statement that cherry is making 😊

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brightcolours

What a sight!! 💖 (Polytunnel? What polytunnel?)

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brightcolours

#cherrytree #myview-richardspicer

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riakat

Gorgeous, Rich! What a beautiful tree to look out at 😍 I agree with others, had to go back and look for polytunnel.

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gjones

Same here! Had to go back and look for polytunnel 😊

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Joan323

🌺lovely garden Rich..

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richard.spicer.7906

Another pic from the back - it’s certainly easier to see the trunk close up now, I couldn’t even reach the trunk a couple of years ago as this was area was complete thicket of brambles and snowberrys. But it’s made way now for the Snowdrops (and the Bluebells later in May) to show themselves better - trying to spread them around the base a bit more.

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jacaranda

My Goat Willow was even worse than this, Rich, and although the ivy was attractive (and probably played host to birds and insects) I felt that the tree deserved to be free of it. I did research as well and the advice was conflicting but I came to the conclusion that the ivy might eventually cover the branches and the weight could cause some tree branches to snap. It’s a tricky decision but I’m sure you’ll do what you think is best. @richard.spicer.7906 😘

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks Barbara - yep, decided I’m gonna cut it down significantly on the heaviest side and what’s left thin it a lot. On the light side I’m gonna remove the whole lot.... as soon as the snow goes away 😅 - will then call in a tree specialist to look at the diseased part of the tree. thanks for your advice Barbara 😊👍🏼 @jacaranda

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jacaranda

Good call, Rich! You won’t regret it and the tree will breathe a sigh of relief 😂 Don’t forget to post photos once the work is done 👍 @richard.spicer.7906

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So, I’ve had a closer look at the cherry this afternoon, and had a look online, and the big question has to be - is this Ivy damaging my tree? The Woodland Trust seems to argue it isn’t but I really don’t know - I’ve been clearing the surrounding area quite a bit over recent months (I rarely show it on GT as it was so overgrown) #thebigGTquestion #ivy-advice #hederahelix #cherrytree

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richard.spicer.7906

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/plants-and-fungi/woodland-wildflowers/ivy/

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richard.spicer.7906

It actually has two trunks and the one at the back is the one that has suffered the most from dieback and has the least Ivy, whereas the front trunk (which is almost completely surrounded by Ivy) is fine 🤔 - it’s a little confusing and I really am undecided 🤷🏼‍♂️

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jacaranda

If it was my tree I’d definitely get rid of the ivy!! @richard.spicer.7906 👍

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Denise16

I had a tree surgeon take a look at one of the oaks near me which is covered in ivy. He was adamant that the tree suffers however he couldn’t see any sign of damage🤷‍♀️

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rachelbrooks

You wouldn’t think the ivy would do it any good, but strange how the trunk with most is unscathed...🤔 I’d still be inclined to get rid of it all though 😏

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sarah

I had a mystery occurring at the end of my garden @richard.spicer.7906 where a couple of trees had seemly disappeared! And I have just discovered that it was ivy that has pulled them down 😢 I feel incredibly silly for not recognising the problem sooner but reassured by reading these posts. I thought I was helping the birds and wildlife by leaving the end of my garden untouched and wild but I should have paid a bit more attention to what was happening. I have started cutting it back now!

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sarah

My trees weren't as large as your cherry tree btw, I need to delve a bit deeper into the undergrowth but I think it's a hazel, an apple and possibly a pear tree too. These were all mature/old trees so possibly quite vulnerable. I've still got lots of cutting back to do and then some replanting! And it all needs to be done before the birds start nesting 🙄

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richard.spicer.7906

My lovely Cherry Tree, this morning in the bitter cold. Such a beautiful blue sky earlier. I’m a bit worried about the back of it (haven’t taken a pic yet) as there were a number of dead branches last year, I think it might have a bit of bacterial canker - I occasionally find quite a bit of ‘ooze’ on the ground below. Will try getting in a tree specialist to see what they can recommend #cherrytree #prunus #nakedtrees

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richard.spicer.7906

https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=86 - some info about bacterial canker #bacterialcanker

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kathy

Hope you can save it

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jeatacake

Not quite a naked tree Rich. Wearing some fetching ivy-green Y-fronts, lol! 😂

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richard.spicer.7906

It needs it Jeff, it’s chuffing cold outside! 😝😂😂 @jeatacake

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richard.spicer.7906

Me too Kathy - it’s a important part of the garden 🙏🏼 @kathy

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brightcolours

Fingers crossed...

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columbiariver

I sure hope it works out. She's a beauty.

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jacaranda

That’s a lovely tree, Rich. I’m sure a tree specialist will be able to work some magic! @richard.spicer.7906 🤞🤞

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kimguy

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rachelbrooks

Oh yes do Rich! Before it spreads too far!

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Squares

I wonder if the ivy is affecting it?

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richard.spicer.7906

Hello #springtime 🌸🌱, I've missed you.... 😊 #blossom #cherrytree #prunus #spring #views #mygarden #tree

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juliesgarden

Morning Rich, nice to see you 🙋👍

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jacq1075

Looking lovely 🌸🌸🌸

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Keely

Morning Rich blossom looking lovely 👌

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susieg

Lovely pic

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godfreye

Great picture🤗

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linfoster

Hi Rich 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 ive missed you 🤗🤗

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riakat

A lovely sight 😍😊

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Patiorose

Its really happening @richard.spicer.7906 ☀️🌷🐛🌿🌱💐🌦🍹

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fuschia

Hi Richard 👋👋 nice to have you back 👍👍

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mojo

Hi Rich lovely to see your cherry tree in full bloom ✨ and see you back 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

Evening Julie 😊 - I wish I could say it's still morning but unfortunately not 😑 - missing the garden lots as so busy with work and college right now . Lots of lovely daffs and tulips out right now though 😊 @juliesgarden

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richard.spicer.7906

On fire! 😎🔥🌳🍁🍂🍃 #red #prunus #tree #cherrytree #autumn #leaves

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juliesgarden

Wow, morning Rich , great colours 🍁🍁🍁

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yodamama

Good morning Rich. Lovely colours 🍁🍁🍁

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fuschia

Amazing colours , I just love Autumn 😍😍😍

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rosiebug

Fabulous real Autumn colours🍁🍁🍁😍

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harebell

WOWZER!!!!!!💥💥💥💥

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katgreen

Wow beautiful photo 😍

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rachelbrooks

Stunning! 🍁🍁🍁

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linleys

Brilliant autumn colours, simply stunning

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elflin

Stunning !!!!

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pauline33

Fabulous 🍁🍂🍂❤️

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richard.spicer.7906

I know I only posted a picture of this #prunus #tree on Monday, but saw it this morning when I got up as the sun rose and it just looks amazing 😍🍁🍃🍂 #red #sunrise #cherrytree #autumn

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juliesgarden

Fantastic 🍁🍁

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franshinegee

Wow - beautiful!

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fuschia

Fabulous 👍👍

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rachelbrooks

Glowing gorgeously! 👌🏼

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katgreen

😍👏👏🍂🍁

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richard.spicer.7906

This warmer weather this weekend finally brought out the blossom on my big cherry tree 😀 #blossom #spring

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thomasrat3

Beautiful Richard😍

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tenzin61

Wow, so beautiful 😀

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kathy

Gorgeous

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lamaisonbleueoleron

😋keep an eye on those birds 🙈

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brightcolours

#bluesky #white #cherry

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tonyb

I expect you had to wait a while till there were blue skies and well worth it as makes a great contrast

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richard.spicer.7906

Blossom buds filling out in the sun ☀️😎

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janric

Great photo Richard

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fuschia

👍👍👍

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richard.spicer.7906

Close up of my cherry tree ❤️ #autumn 🍃🍂🍁

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mojo

Fabulous colour Richard 🍁🍁

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christineb

Gorgeous colour

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janric

Lovely big Cherry Tree I bet the birds are singing happily😀

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kathy

Beautiful

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fuschia

Amazing colour ❤️❤️

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juliesgarden

Wow that's gorgeous Richard !!

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debs69

Stunning 😎

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linfoster

Wow that's fantastic Richard 😍

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justin

It sure is a beaut Rich 🙌

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richard.spicer.7906

Thanks everyone, it's a beautiful tree at this time of year. I reckon it must be about 50 years old. I'm always nervous given its age in case it starts to die - I've never seen one as big before.

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junebensted

Intense !

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richard.spicer.7906

Happy Saturday! I'm seeing lots of colours this morning from the #autumn spectrum 😊

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teamgardentags

#foliage 😜

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richard.spicer.7906

I need help identifying this plant

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justin

It looks exactly like the Wild Cherry I have in my garden...

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thedanielrichards

And ours get eaten by the parakeets before we get a look in!

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