Latest posts by bigolob

Best value cloches

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 17:41

I have used clear plastic corrugated sheets 6 ft long from B&Q or builders merchants for many years. Tie some wire or string around the ends to form the cloche shape - tunnel. Place 2 cut to size pieces at either end and fix with small bamboo stakes so it does not become a wind tunnel and they will last you for years.

mock orange

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 17:32

Should be : Tomato feed will not make any difference to flowering especially if you have CUT (not hut!) last years shoots off.

How do I take cuttings off my busy lizzie.

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 17:29

Don`t bother! They can be rooted in water as mentioned above but the great difficulty is keeping the rooted cuttings alive until next April or so. They are so cheap to buy (£1.50 from Wyvale this year) they are not worth the trouble.

Help with Photinia please

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:39

Photinia are large shrubs growing to 8 foot in hight, or more and 5-6 feet across. I have one which is beautiful here in Cheshire. They can, with care, be grown in large containers but are better off in soil. By the sounds of your question it appears that the pot they are in froze solid for a time last winter/spring with the very cold spell we all had and this has killed them.

However, look for any sign of activity at the bottom of the main stem by (as suggested by Verdun) scrape away some of the bark and if brown, it is dead but if green, there is still life in the plant.  If so, remove the pot with the shrub to somewhere protected from your weather and cover it in fleece AND PRAY!!

mock orange

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 16:26

Mock Orange (Philadelphus) is a large shrub with exotically perfumed flowers in May or there abouts, depending where you live. It flowers on last years shoots and therefore if you prune it in late summer/autumn, you are removing those flowering shoots. Hence, no flowers the following year. Prune just AFTER flowering.

They will grow to a hight of 8 feet or more in the ground if left unpruned and therefore your large pots are not large enough! even if pruned. Tomato feed will not make any difference to flowering especially if you have hut last years shoots off.


Posted: 06/09/2013 at 16:58

Fuschias are not too happy in very hot conditions. I have had plants in the past with the same scorched leaf appearance. Keep them watered well especially when we have hot weather in summer.

Honeysuckle whats happening?

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 16:54

Very strange, our Honeysuckles here in Cheshire have grown wonderfully this year with the exceptional summer, It flowered throughout late May and June and has now become back into flower with that incredible scent.

Perhaps your plants are too dry - did you water them during the hot weather as this is possibly the cause? Mine by the way is the Dutch variety.

More Tomatoes

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 16:42

Fidgetbones, I stopped smoking in 1991, began with Emphysema in 2007 and realised what an idiot I had been!! It was fashionable in the 50`s and 60`s to smoke and like me, most Doctors did it!.

I can understand your father`s need for extra flavour in food due to smoking but he and I are past that stage. I have in the past grown Sungold and the flavour is good but try making a sandwhich with them!

Gardenmaid, I grew Tigrella some years ago but was not impressed with their tendancy to be a bit soft.  I will look up Costoluto on the net and thanks for the name.

Teenrbee, I am amazed in how many Toms you grow, you must have a big family. Again, see my comments on Sungold above but I will look up Sukura to see if it is what I am looking for.


Many thank to you all and keep the variety name coming please.



Posted: 05/09/2013 at 18:07

Bob, I have just written another thread about a Tomato I found on a web site today. It is called `Elisir` and supposed to be a thin skinned, sweet mid size Tom??!! If anything comes of it I will let you know as your thread to my question has the same problems I have found, re the lack of decent flavoured mid size Toms.

More Tomatoes

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 17:58

Sorry to be boring again but the suggestions I have received from my past requests for mid size Toms (eg. like the size of Moneymaker or Aila Craig with flavour!) have made me search further.

I have found a Tomato called `Elisir` which appears to be medium skinned, sweet and used for salads, sandwiches, etc. The pictures however make them look like a cherry variety.

Have any of you grown it? If so, what is the flavour like? I have been growing Toms for 50 years and every year I grow Toms with disappointing flavour I feel I am loosing another year without great success. I do NOT want Cherry or Beef Toms so can anyone help?

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