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Posted: 12/11/2016 at 17:06

If it is flowering at this time of year then it is one which needs acid soil conditions. Spring flowering gentians can take alkaline soil.

Needs lots of water when they begin to regrow in late Summer and a good dollop of Yak manure!

Mahonia - anyone got a good one ?

Posted: 12/11/2016 at 12:24

Winter Sun is a nice one, does well in our silty peat. Not sure I would want it near to a door though, bit prickly.

Fritillaria meleagris from seed?

Posted: 11/11/2016 at 08:53

Sadly all the Fritilaria bulbs on sale are dead. They just do not survive being dried out. If you want more as bulbs then best to buy them as growing plants in Spring, or find someone with lots of them and beg fresh bulbs.

As to growing from seed, I posted detailed instructions for them a few weeks back. Mine are just getting big enough to plant out in spring now.

Last edited: 11 November 2016 08:55:09

Just a couple of (easy) ids please

Posted: 10/11/2016 at 20:31



Butcher's Broom?


Posted: 09/11/2016 at 17:41

Ours stay in the ground until we need them. They do not store except as a frozen veg.  Blanch lightly and freeze.

Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 21:02

I would if we could actually remember it beyond what I posted originally. My jam maker is not going to make any this year as we already have more Jam than we can eat in a year with Raspberry, Crab apple, Chokeberry, Strawberry, Quince, Blackcurrant, Redcurrant, Loganberry and others whose names escape me at present.

Basically it is a pint of juice to a pint of Jam making sugar and follow the instructions for cooking time on the sugar package. Sorry.

Last edited: 08 November 2016 21:03:26

Medlar novice

Posted: 08/11/2016 at 17:59

We got our Jelly making recipe from some Eastern Europeans who used to make it and sell the result from door to door. They certainly did not have space or time to blet the fruit before making the preserve.

I did not find it tasted of tannin, it was very tasty to me.

Medlar novice

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 11:09

The only way to find out if you like them or not is to taste and see.

Never added apples to the jelly so no idea what effect that would have.

Can i compost fallen leaves

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 20:54

I have always added leaves to our compost heap (not a bin,an open heap) and they have always rotted down well. Oak leaves maybe a lot slower than some, but Cherry should decompose easily if mixed with other material.

I confess to running the lawn mower over them, but that is to pick them up. However, it does shred them up a little which obviously helps them break down in the heap.

Medlar novice

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 11:58

We have never really managed to get them to 'blet' properly. they seem to go mouldy first. The one occasion when they did, I cannot say that the taste was particularly outstanding.

For Medlar jelly they do not need to be 'bletted' only properly ripe and going soft (after a good frost is best). Then you purée the fruit  with water and allow the mix to drip through muslin. Do not squeeze through if you want a clear jelly. Then it is a pint of liquid to a pound of Jam sugar. I like the jelly but my wife says it is too strongly tannin tasting for her.

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