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Propagating Stephanotis

Posted: 24/09/2014 at 18:45

I would like to propagate a new houseplant from my Stephanotis and was wondering whether I could take cuttings.

During the setting up process for this new thread I tried to include photos but the process stopped with the message Service 503 is unavailable - whatever that means.

I shall try again once the new thread has become installed on the forum.

Conference pears

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 18:48

The birds have started to nibble the tops of some the conference pears. I'm taking that as a sign : if they are noticeably riper to the birds then it's time to pick. 

So I did!

Even though they're still hard when pressed at the tops. I shall wrap them in newspaper and store them; somewhere 'cool and dark' rings a bell from deep back in childhood. It will be interesting  to see if I can use them as I need them through the next few months without wastage. 

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:07

Mind you... It did accept it after I bullied a bit...

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 16:06

Ditto - I use Safari on my iPad most of the time.

West Acre

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 14:59

          Topbird wrote (see)

Ooops sorry - was trying to do something with quotes - I have never been able to get that to work for some reason 

I agree: the Quotes function does not seem to work smoothly like it used to. I took about ten goes to get the above sorted. Sometimes it's easier to copy and paste and just change the style to italics or bold manually to separate it from your own post.

West Acre

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:37

Thanks again, Dove.

Being rather shy and retiring  I would have found that a bit too demonstrative i think. I'm also not sure it wasn't too late in the year, what with the soggy ground and all, to be rushed from all sides by five enthusiastic gardening ladies - not of course that the thought is totally without its attractions! 

(Especially if cakes might have been involved ! )

Codling Moths

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 16:28

I could say ditto to all the examples quoted above - last year's Bramley crop was stonking, this year's more like stinking 

I wasn't sure at first whether it was my pheromone traps had actually attracted more moths than previous year, or whether it was the warm winter and early spring/ summer weather had brought out the moths before my traps were put up.

Both of those possibilities also occurred to me regarding my Victoria plums: 9 out of 10 of the fruits which ripened earliest had plum moth maggot - so again I suspected the pheromone traps, plus my relative ignorance of how to use them really effectively, may have been conspiring against me.

The later fruits, however, seemed less affected. ( I realise I'm on the wrong thread to develop a discussion of plums!)

Any ideas anyone on those two hypotheses?

West Acre

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 15:49

Dove wondered: 

"Now we're all going to be thinking back and wondering which one you were .......... in fact, I did notice someone looking at us a bit oddly ..............  "

I was the bearded guy in the grey peaked hat and blue waterproof jacket - probably walking around with an uncertain look on his face! 

Re purchases, I didn't see much I wanted to buy but then these three mauve/purple ones called Penstemon Pensham 'Czar' caught my eye @ £3.95 each.

I then went back and found this Dahlia 'Sarah' @ £3.50.

 I thought for less than £16 in all that lot seemed to be good value.

For the moment I've given them temporary residence with my begonias until I find a suitable spot to bed them out.


West Acre

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 23:38
Thanks Nut but I didn't know who was who.

West Acre

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 22:32


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