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Plant ID please

Posted: 31/07/2015 at 21:14

Back to this old chestnut again!

Just dead headed dozens of stems of all our different Aconitums, my heart is still beating at its normal rate.

Five children and seven grandchildren and a garden full of poisonous plants. We have not lost one yet! (Child that is, lost a lot of plants over the years!)

Notice no-one worried about the acres of Foxgloves which are just as poisonous!

Helping Solitary Bees - will they all nest in flower pots?

Posted: 30/07/2015 at 20:35

Just  found that a bee has laid its eggs and there is a lava in a leaf tube, in a pot of Geum. Same place as the last time, just a different plant pot. No idea if they hatched last time.

Allium seeds

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 11:58

And it is only the really big, tall Alliums which take so long to reach flowering size, most of the smaller ones can flower in 2 years. I have just planted out a large number of Allium wallichii which are 2 years old and have incipient flower stalks in them. They may flower, if the weather is not too unkind.

Hazel Nuts

Posted: 28/07/2015 at 08:34

And no, they do not ripen off the tree. I pick them from the hedgerow along our lane. The time to pick is when the nut comes easily out of the husk. Gently push the top with your thumb and out it pops if ready.

 

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 21:14

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/allium-seeds/418234.html

Discussion and info here on Allium seed sowing.

Apple Sooty Spot

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 17:42

Lots of beer and a ladder?

Apple Sooty Spot

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 13:32

We have a fair number of apples which naturally do not store (Discovery, Katy for example) These we peel and purée and freeze the purée for winter use either in cake making or added to yoghurt.

We also juice a lot and freeze the juice, again for winter use.

So, your apples may not be perfect but unless you  intend selling them, the crop is not a total loss.

Gardening & what else?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 12:56

a country cottage with a vegetable garden will do me fine

It ain't all it is cracked up to be.

Collecting seed from Sweet Williams

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 12:48

I wait until the seed pods actually open. There are a lot of seeds in the pod so it does not matter if a few escape.

You could put a paper bag over the seed head and wait for the seed to fall into it.

Geum sand Heuchera

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 21:09

Watch out for Vine weevils in a pot. I found four adults on my sales Geums today which means that they will have to be soaked in nasty insecticides in a few weeks time when the eggs hatch out. Very annoying.

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