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Snowdrop

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 23:52

Possibly a new cultivar, or a typo (common in retail plant names)?  I would contact Cambo to see if they have any further information.  There are a lot of Galanthophile web sites out there too which may be worth contacting, for example:

http://www.snowdropinfo.com/

http://carolynsshadegardens.com/tag/galanthophile/

 

raspberries

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 16:17

There are a couple of viruses which can cause misshapen fruit but mouldy fruit is generally caused by grey mould whichs infects at the flower stage.  Are the mouldy fruits lower down and those at the top less affected?  If so, that is likely grey mould.  How long have the rows of canes been there?  If well over 5 years, it would be a good idea to replace them which is the only way to eliminate a possible virus infection.

profusion crabapple in pot?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 22:26

Have a look at this information on the OrangePippin site about growing fruit trees in pots:

http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/articles/growing-fruit-trees-in-pots-and-containers

In essence, yes you can but you'll need a large pot - 60cm or larger diameter and about the same depth.  If you can find one on a dwarfing rootstock all the better, but growing them in pots will naturally keep them smaller than if planted in the ground.  Once it reaches the maximum size you want after a few years, you'd have to keep it in check by regular summer pruning.

Gumption

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:07

I remember my Dad having a tin of that in the shed about 50 years ago.  I also seem to remember it being pink.  Just found an image:

http://www.oldshopstuff.com/Shop/tabid/1248/ItemID/10702/Listing/Old-Tin-for-Gumption-Smooth-Paste-Cleaner/Default.aspx

It was the 'Cillit Bang' of it's day, I think.

'Gumption' is still sold in Australia, but that may be different stuff.

Which Currant Bushes Would You Recommend

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 13:01

Yeah, red & white currants are ok as-is, but raw blackcurrants.. yuck!

Starting?

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 11:10

Just checked mine - 14/04/2012, a period of time when many of us here transferred from the old BBC gardening site.  So, about 3 years and I've made about 3000 posts.  Hmm.. averaging about 3 posts per day - doesn't seem to me that I write that many!

Still, I don't 'do' facebook/twitter or any other (anti?)social media, so all of my dirty washing is kept in this particular laundry basket!

Old Compos

Posted: 28/02/2015 at 10:38

I use it as a top-dressing on my borders and veg plots.  Over the years this has slowly improved my clay soil.

Black spot on rose leaves - help how do I rid?

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 19:08

Digging them up and planting something else is also a valid solution for some gardens where blackspot is a real problem.  Certain situations just don't suit roses and you can spend the rest of your life fighting nature but only ending up with that awful sight of a garden full of disgusting looking rose foliage every year.  Try some 'resistant' varieties and if those also secumb, my advice would be to give up.  There are lots of lovely flowering and scented shrubs which don't need anything other than a bit of simple pruning at the right time.

Tomatoes

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:55

My favourite for cooking has always been Marmande which always gives me that 'South of France' taste I prefer, although I like Costoluto and Brandywine for this use too.  I don't make thick 'ketchup' consistency sauces though, so varieties with fewer seeds like Roma may be better for that. 

Undoubtedly, 'tough love' is the best way to grow toms - better flavour, less disease. 

cherry tree problem

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 19:38

Mine never even get that far as the pigeons eat them before they even start changing colour!  Usually the day before I plan to net them, too!

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