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high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:36
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I shut everything up as tight as possible, but my garden tends to be protected. I'm more worried about a tree falling on it.

Too right fidget - doesn't do them any good at all:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33103.jpg?width=300&height=350&mode=max

 That was an 8x6 a few hours before (photo from 17th Oct 2002)  A different viewpoint:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33104.jpg?width=480&height=350&mode=max

 

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 18:44

Hi David, yes, I found a tripod is a must for fireworks - as is taking a *lot* of photos to get a few good ones!

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 17:57

Little-ann, I did some experimentation with posting photos to the forum and found that it's the file size which makes the most difference.  If you have a PC, download and install the free "Irfanview" program and load your photos into it.  Use File, Save As and choose Save as type JPG.  You'll see a JPEG/GIF save options screen - move the slider to 75 then click Save on the main window.  The applies just the right amount of file compression to allow full size photos to be posted without noticeably affecting viewing quality.  The original (as saved by the camera) for the photo below was about 1500kb and wouldn't post in a way that could be clicked and the full size seen.  After running it through Irfanview, it is about 300kB.  Edit: I forgot that I also resized to 1920x1080!

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33101.jpg?width=256&height=350&mode=max

 Taken with a Canon 350D, 1s exposure, ISO800, 18-55mm lens @55mm.

Diascia Personata

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 17:40

I think this Diascia is relatively hardy so you should be able to overwinter the original plants (I found a reference they are ok down to -10C.)  As for the cuttings, this article may help:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningadvice/7810692/How-to-grow-Diascia-personata.html

 

When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 12:05

This is a great factsheet Gina - I meant to post the link earlier.  From the Guernsey government site (pdf format):

http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=4797&p=0

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:59

Says 12" tall on the destructions, fg.  I've grown Blanda before though - they were about 4-6" tall and I plnted 2" apart - might just use the same spacing - can't be far off!

what is this

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:52

Definitely common ivy - this is what it looks like right now in an out-of-control area in my garden:

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/33084.jpg?width=288&height=350&mode=max

 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 11:32

Mornin' all.  Just off outside to shred the hawthorn prunings cut last weekend before they get blown all over the garden.  Looks a bit windy out there already although it's a tad under 16C so pretty warm - but I bet it won't feel like it!  Should get somemore bulbs planted later.  What would you guys suggest as minimum spacing for anemone coronaria?  First time I've tried that type.  I'm thinking of making several groups each about a foot in diameter and 2 inches deep - just not sure how many to chuck in each one.

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 00:19

It looks a bit like green alkanet but there are a few things which look similar when young, such as a comfrey.  Have you let any of them grow larger and flower?  That would help ID it.

Parsnip problems

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 00:11

I think the problem may be sowing in plug trays - have tried once in deep modules and it was a disaster - they need to be sown in-situ I think.  I remember reading that both carrots and parsnips send down a very thin long root very soon after germination and it is this initial root which later develops into the main body of the vegetable.  If that root gets restricted, damaged or hits a stone on the way down, misshapen roots will result.  On my clay soil it's a challenge to grow parsnips but I manage by digging a narrow trench about a foot deep and backfilling with a 50/50 mix of sharp sand and previously used MP compost and get good results.  The sandy mix warms up quicker than the surrounding clay so helps the parsnips germinate which is always a problem on cold wet soils.

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