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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 22:49

 Hibiscus - oiseau bleu

 Hibiscus - monstrosus

 Cistus pulverulentus (sunset) - complete with the fleece that (eventually) saved its life. All the above were left unprotected from the terrible winter we had. Once I realised the damage being caused I kept the Cistus under fleece and only after the worst frosts were over did I perform remedial surgery on all three shrubs ( pruning like for a rose).

The cistus's leaves had almost all become brown. I cut off these that were completely 'burnt' by the frost as well as pruning back to outward facing buds. I fed them all with liquid feed.

I was amazed and so gratified when some weeks later I found a lot of the half browned Cistus leaves had recovered their green and started to look normal again. I didn't know that could happen - they looked too far gone. I now think the plant is going to flower as beautifully as it did last year.

Both Hibiscus (Hibisci?) looked so dead I almost scopped them out  then I thought of renewing most of the compost, pruning (after the worst frosts) and feeding.

(Obvious really) Now look at them!

(if these pix are wrong way up please pretend you haven't noticed)

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 31/05/2013 at 21:58

John H and Salino mentioned James Grieve apple earlier. I've got a James Grieve that's been doing well since planting about 4 years ago. Mine has produced fine apples each year except that most of them, when you cut through, have brown flecks throughout the otherwise perfect flesh.

I'm not sure what this is, so I looked through an old Readers' Digest gardening book. The nearest condition I could identify it to was called ''bitterpit"

Is it likely to be "bitterpit"? I'm not convinced because they don't actually taste bitter, but the appearance is offputting.

Does anyone know whether there is any other condition with this description. 

Also what is the remedy?

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:24

Chicky - I'm not sure you've grasped the seriousness of this issue 

Wintersong - I can still hear you sniggering...

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 20:15

ShropshireLass wrote (see)

Birdy - I posted my pics from Photobucket and had no issues at all.  How are you posting yours?  This wonky picture thing seems to be a big issue! 

It is annoying but I am hamming it up a bit with the  face.

Before, when my discussion window had not toolbar (I still dont know why this was) I used to copy a photo from my library and then paste it in. That seemed to work until I submitted the messageadjust posted just an icon that nobody could open to look at.

Now I have the toolbar (Alleluia! - I think) I tap the Tree icon, tap SelectChoose Existing (photo from my library, tap Upload, and lastly tap Save

At that point the photos arrive in my discussion window

  • either wrongly orientated but right themselves when I tap Submit reply (not often though
  • or correctly orientated but when I tap Submit reply they end up on the forum whichever way they decide to, but not usually as seesaw them before I pressed Submit reply.
  • I haven't tried photo bucket yet.

Although I have tried to make my exasperation entertaining (well, it worked for Wintersong????) I don't wish to change the nature of this forum into a 'Photo Workshop' or 'Birdy's Photo Failures'. So I fear it's back to the GW Website managers or GW customer service. 

Incidentally, when I 'disappeared' earlier it was to cut my largish front lawn. I'm so pleased I got up the energy to do it I thought I'd post a photo (No, don't laugh Mrs.....  Where are you all going?...)

... but then thought it might send the sky green! 




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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 14:20

Fairygirl wrote (see)

If more people gardened instead of fighting maybe the world would be a better place eh?

Absolutely, Fairygirl. Incidentally my 'fighting' face  is an act -I  really look like this 

i wondered about turning the pots upside down in the greenhouse ... then photographing them... What do you think? ( rhetorical question)

I'm going out into the garden soon - I may be sometime...

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 13:49

They were fine until I posted them - honest!

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 13:48


 Noooooooooooo ooooooooo!  (ooooo oooo ooo oo o........)

  'tsOK... 'm alright ... (Sniff)


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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 13:40



BusyLizzie - thanks for those thoughts.

I'm glad to say that I have already found the solace from maintaining the garden is as much about the feeling that I am still doing something of value for my wife as for the benefits it gives me and our family. Seeing everything blossom again is like she is still here.

At first unsure about including these rather personal thoughts on this forum I then realised there might be others who can benefit from reading about the healing effects of gardening. I imagine this is what is behind the passionate enthusiasm for their work expressed by so many 'celebrity' gardeners. (Maybe this is one of the benefits of 'TV gardening' - this GW forum being another!)

On a more practical level I am about to attempt the demanding task ????????(fanfare!) of posting some more photos ????

180 snapdragon or begonia, bought as plugs, and destined for larger pots, beds and hanging baskets. ( Let's hope I don't tip them out of their pots once I've posted their pictures!)

So far so good. Now some Hostas doing well after a winter of neglect against a north facing wall. (So far no slugs


Now will they post? Here goes! 

Plant ID please

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 23:24

 Re mystery: (weeds or plants?)

They're weeds!

They're out!!!

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Posted: 30/05/2013 at 23:03

Great looking garden John H. I love the curved sweep of the lawn. By the way, we've all done 1293 reviews (it's gone up). I queried this with GW webteam some weeks ago. Apparently it's some sort of 'glitch' on the site that they 'know about'. A bit like the 'Ooops' squashed tomato page. They know about that too and perhaps it will eventually be sorted. 

Thank you all the members who have recently offered support and encouragement recently: to Nutcutlet for reorientating my photos. Would you like a job? I'm not sure that it won't  happen again; to Chicky for admiring my wisteria and to Wintersong for thinking it's the result of pruning skills. And similarly, to Matty2 who I believe thought I had nurtured it????! Really the accolades should be to my dear wife who planted the wisteria over a decade ago and who would have loved to see the results of her vision for our garden.

I had to take over the guardianship of our garden last year and I'm very inexperienced in gardening - hence the many appeals for advice and implant identification. Thanks again everyone. 


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