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Conference pears

Posted: 21/10/2014 at 09:38

You will see from my last post that I picked my conference pears back on the 23 September.

i duly wrapped them individually in newspaper and left them in the dark in an empty drawer. 

Their condition was perfect when they came off the tree: 30 - 40 good sized, firm, unripe but unblemished pears - a great harvest for the second year of fruiting. (the tree was planted in about 2010)


 Unfortunately they ripened off the tree much quicker than anticipated. I guess the drawer was not in a cool enough place to slow the process down so I lost several within the first week. Some had actually turned to mush within a week...



It seems that pears ripen from the inside out - which is therefore how they rot too! That is why they still feel hard outside when they are in fact ready to eat: with those I caught  just before they started to rot - as the inside is only just turning pink - the flavour was astounding, far better than any shop-bought I've tasted. 

What I think I should have done - not having a proper 'cold room' for storage - is to have taken them off the tree about 3-6 at a time and enjoyed them as they ripened, replacing with new ones off the tree as those already picked got used up. 

As an experiment, I left one pear only on the tree to see how long it remained without rotting. It was still there, still unripe, when I went on holiday on 14 Sept. So I guess, whilst they don't seem to ripen on the tree, remaining in their growing environment on the tree actually keeps them from rotting.

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 20:03

Thanks guys. I just needed to know one way or another. 

Is it too late to cut back lavender?

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 18:58

I cut  back my lavenders on 23rd August. Is it too late to cut back again? If not, how deep back should I cut?

I left the shoots too long apparently because they haven't flowered a second time like hoped for. Instead they've gone woody and remain bare.



The blooms were fantastic earlier in the year. Can I still expect a second flowering this year or not until next year?


Lavender bush

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 18:15

To my non-gardener's eye I thought my lavenders were looking pretty good earlier this year...

Believing that lavender can flower a second time if pruned after flowering I thought I was doing so well when I cut them back on 23rd August....

I've been wondering now why there has been no sign of a second flowering.

Today I checked a few UTube videos and it seems my method and (I think) my timing were both correct but that I have not cut back deep enough.

These are my plants today - the couple of flowers visible are ones I didn't cut back in August because I wanted to see how long they lasted without pruning!!

Closer view showing bare stems...

The shoots I left too long apparently and they've gone woody and remain bare.

My question is "Is it too late to cut back again? If so, would a hedgetrimmer do any harm as there is not enough bulk left to get a good handful like when I first pruned?

if I can cut back again should I expect a new flowering this year or not until next year?



Photo test thread only...

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:25



Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 21:39

Just seen your post SwissSue. Thanks so much for the link - there's a lot there. Very informative. Great! 

Service 503 Unavailable

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 21:50

Nope! Not for me. Per heaps it's something to do with me using an iPad. The iPad software has also just updated to OS8 - don't know if thats anything to do with anything.

Service 503 Unavailable

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 20:10

i got the message Service 503 Unavailable when I tried to post photos. I tried

lots of times.

Anyone had this recenty or know what it means?

Is it a temporary website glitch or is it something I can do something about myself?

Are you there Daniel?

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:17

Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 19:05

Sorry, Philippa, my second post was delayed by struggling with the photos.

I'm afraid I'm not sure what layering involves. Do you use the leaves in some way?


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