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Posted: 27/08/2014 at 18:48

Forget-me-nots.  You could call them a weed but they are easy to pull-up.  I leave mine until the summer then yank them out.


Posted: 26/08/2014 at 00:17

Many of them aren't as reliable as one would wish.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:58

They do well in planters.  This taken in early March this year:

How many will come up again next year is a good question though!

I think I'll order another mixture and plant them anyway - can't have too many but if only a few of the ones I planted last autumn reappear it'll be a disappointment and also be too late to do anything about it.

Black Spot

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 19:32

I'm grafting onto the existing roses (the ones which always get blackspot) near the base, so will cut off the existing rose after the grafts (hopefully!) get going.  A wild rose rootstock might also be a good choice - I have to dig loads of those up all the time as they grow in the hedge and seed into the borders!  Been chucking it down since midday here mate and doesn't look like it's going to stop until the same time tomorrow!

Black Spot

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 16:35

Hi Alan, I'm going to try T-bud grafting, as you get more material from the donor plant.  Here are some links with drawings which show it better than photos tend to do:



Black Spot

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 15:29

I've been very lucky this year as I bought 4 red roses of various types from Wilko for next to nothing and one has turned out to be completely resistant to black spot - it's the only rose in my garden that isn't an absolute mess.  I'm going to try grafting it onto ALL of the other rose bushes and any bushes that fail to take the graft are coming out - it's far too much hassle to keep spraying them which only seems to keep it at bay slightly here.  I no longer see the flowers when I look at them, just the ghastly foliage, so it's "shape up or ship out" I'm afraid!

Feeding a cherry tree

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 15:20

If they fall while still tiny, that's almost certainly lack[ of pollination.  I have the same problems with fruit and wildlife.  Woodpigeons eat the cherries while they are still green and the only defence is to net the trees but that doesn't generally work against squirrels, unfortunately.   Some report a pet cat or jack terrier is a good squirrel deterrent but SWMBO says "no more pets!" so that's no option here! 

Feeding a cherry tree

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 14:09

Hi c&c, 'Maynard' is listed as a self-fertile variety but as cherries tend to flower very early in the year, there are often few pollinating insects about so hand-pollinating is a good idea.  In fact, I do that with all of my fruit trees as most are dwarf.  It only costs a bit of time.

All fruit trees need a feed and a few handfuls of fish, blood and bone sprinkled and tickled into the soil in early Spring is all they need.  Sprinkle the feed over an area of about a metre diameter around the tree and keep that area free of grass and other plants as these will compete with the feeding roots of the tree (which are close to the surface.)  A mulch with compost or well-rotted farmyard manure is also a good idea but don't let that touch the trunk as it can cause problems if it is piled up against it.

As an aside, even self-pollinating fruit trees will crop better if there is another variety in the vicinity, so a getting different cherry but in the same pollination group (Maynard is B) may well help if you have the space for a second tree.

Stacey & her chilli bits

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 13:19

You can also dry them on the plant as long as they are indoors.  Simply stop watering them once they have turned ripe. 

Bored of my garden!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 15:08

Hi Claire, your garden is so pretty, I'd be tempted to put effort into doing something with the summerhouse rather than making big changes to your planting which you might later regret.  The summerhouse seems huge and there looks to be plenty of space to replace it with a shed and a greenhouse.  If your OH is good at DIY it may even be possible to make radical alterations by (for instance) building a dividing timber wall down the centre and re-cladding/re-roofing one half with clear twinwall sheeting to turn half of it into a greenhouse. 

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