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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


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

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