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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


And a few more...





West Acre

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 22:21

 I got along there too. Thought others might like to see a few more photos:




Conference pears

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 11:14

My little conference tree has done so well this year I'm thrilled. As this photo taken today shows they're all still on the tree except for two that came off in high winds recently.

When I tested the 'lift and twist' method the other day I did find two more came away but rather reluctantly so I've left the others for a bit longer. I suspect that it won't be much longer, however, as forecast suggest temperatures are due to stay higher than normal for the rest of September.

I'm now wondering if it's best to take them off now for a slower ripening in a cool place in newspaper...

No hum! Such big problems to resolve.........


Posted: 28/06/2014 at 08:47

Any plant ideas please...

Posted: 23/06/2014 at 22:44
KirstyB2 wrote (see)

Is it not deep enough for honeysuckle? I think a bit of ignorance goes a long way, I've never known where I'm not supposed to plant it and it seems to grow usually

Hi Kelcow:

Whilst honeysuckle would almost certainly grow there it is extremely vigorous and may become too invasive - like the bamboo you've only just got rid of.  Sorry, but I had that problem when it came to rebuilding a wall on existing foundations - the root systems of a beautiful old honeysuckle had become very strongly developed in spite of the inhospitable site (contained by foundations below and paving above) and had to be destroyed with a very powerful root killer. I would explore this forum for further ideas, like those already on this thread. 




Posted: 22/06/2014 at 12:51

I guess it was just a type of snooperism  ... I mean soopernism  err ... poosernism ...  Oh ggrubit!! 

Need some more id's please!

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 22:44

Loganberry: Was the horse dung well rotted down, eg produced last year? The longer rotting process kills any weeds ingested by the horse.

If not you may have imported your weeds with the dung

Advice needed on Strawberry leaf disease

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 20:00

A friend has planted up her new fruit cage with three batches of strawberries from 2 or 3 different suppliers. One of the batches has started to show a type of rust on the leaves while one of the batches (from a different supplier) still seems clear of problems. None of them have been in longer than two weeks.

Here is a photo of some leaves from the worst affected plant:

... And the underside


Can anyone identify the condition and advise please.

I also have noticed a slightly different condition on leaves of my own strawberries and would appreciate advice there too. Here are are few shots:

An identification and any advice would be really welcome.




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