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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 17:52



Plant ID please

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:43

Thanks hollytree - I sometimes pot them up and half sink them into a bit of spare earth and watch them from there. That's how I saved Chives, thinking they might be grass, and another flower which self seeds everywhere but whose name I can't remember - might be Aqualegia (tall, thin strong stalks? With blueish, purplish or pinkish flowers?)

Saved some weeds like that once - all that TLC and they refused to even try to help by being 'proper' plants! 

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:25

Now you can just stop that Fairygirl! 

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:21

Yes Gardeningfantic - they can be the right way up before Submit and wrong after, and  sometimes the wrong way up before Submitting so I hope Submit will right them - and it doesn't.

Also, I don't seem to have any icon for turning the photos round in the discussion window before Submitting. Maybe it's something to do with using an iPad.

Don't join our lovely forum friends in wasting any more  energy on it - I will sort it eventually.

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Posted: 01/06/2013 at 12:08

Daisyheadcase - welcome to Topsyturvy Land and ignore Fairygirl's quip about Australia. I suspect she just doesn't know how to invert a good photo!

I've got a lovely bunch of ... (Now stop that you lot at the back) ... peonies in my back garden! I might even send you all a photo when they are in full bloom ( or, if you are all good I won't!)

This year I actually managed to remember to let them grow through one of those circular grids on sticks. They are at least supported should bad weather strike again.

You know what it can be like: a beautiful show of peonies in full bloom, completely ruined by rain because they are unable to support their own waterlogged weight. Well, although I am not complacently convinced they are immune to rain, touch wood, mine will hopefully be able to stay up a bit longer than usual. 

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:17

Thanks John - turn out the light please

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:15


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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:08

Nutcutlet - I didn't hear that! 

And, no you wouldn't! 

I'm done for the day. Night night everyone

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Posted: 31/05/2013 at 23:06
John Harding wrote (see)

Are you going to Gardeners World Live at NEC on 12-16th June? If so you could put a question re this to Anne Swithinbank or Matt Biggs. I've booked and received an email form to put questions to Anne & Matt prior to the event so if you are going too you could submit the question. If you're not I could submit it for you as I'm booked to see Anne & Matt's 'Grow Your Own' presentation on the 12th June. (I'd be interested to learn the answer in case my tree suffers the same way). I'm guessing but it could be the really bad weather we had last year - We had hardly any apples last year as frosts in late April early May killed off the blossom on the Apple and Cherry tree. It also killed of a miniature Peach tree.

John - was your above question related to my reference to the James Grieve apple and the "bitter pit"  condition? If so, I'm afraid I'm not expecting to attend the NEC event but it might be worth asking about the James Grieve.

My son-in-law said he thought the condition might indicate the need for better feeding but who knows? We fed it with potash last year (watered in) and possibly some other feeds (I can't remember now) but the brown flecks were still in many of the fruit. What is interesting (amateur sleuth appearing here) is that some apples escaped the condition. Now how could that happen? Pest rather than disease?

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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)

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