BobTheGardener


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Still picking raspberrys

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 14:32

I'd leave autumn fruiting ones until Feb (or at least until after Christmas) Meghan.  I think the roots re-absorb some of the energy from the canes once the leaves die off.

ABSOLUTELY nothing to do with gardening, too!

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 14:28

I agree Hostafan.  There are three utilities which are vital for our country's security so should NEVER have been privatised and those are gas, electricity and water. They need to be re-nationalised and a law making which forbids them ever to be privatised again.


Thanks to Dave, my electricity supplier was given free rein to change tariffs in order to 'make it easy' to change from one to the other.  As I'm all electric (no gas supply) and was on 'economy 10' (so I get 3 hours of power to the storage heaters during the day, so I can feel some warmth other than first thing in the morning), they put the price up of the equivalent new tariff by 17%.  I've contacted every supplier in the country and NONE of them will offer me an alternative: "Oh, we don't do that one."

Identification required

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 21:42

There are a few hardy varieties which are regularly found at GCs etc.  If it is a hardy one, it might be Delta's Sarah.

Still picking raspberrys

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 18:52

My Polka are still providing just enough for me to have a couple each time I walk past.

Clematis varieties

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 13:38

The only one of those I grow is Comtesse De Bouchard which has lots of pink flowers from summer onwards.  It's group 3 so cut back completely to the lowest pair of buds on each stem in Feb.  It's a 'good doer' here in central UK and has RHS AGM.

Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:20

By the way, the sunken bark looks like canker, another common disease affected pears.  You should prune out all affected sections.

Cooking potatoes

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:10

A common problem and thought to be down to growing conditions.  Some varieties are affected more than others.  What type did you grow?

Rampant pear leaf blister mite

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 10:06

Sorry, but it is indeed Pear Rust.  Those growths below the orange spots are the spore producing pustules.


http://www.orangepippintrees.co.uk/fruit-tree-problems/pear-rust


This fungal disease needs two hosts - pears and junipers.  See the link above for more information.  There are no chemicals available for treatment and the best approach is a combination of removing nearby junipers and picking off affected leaves on the pear as soon as you see an orange spot appear.


This topic comes up regularly and you can use the forum search to find previous advice.


It has been a particularly bad year for this problem and all of my pear trees have been affected.

What is this tree?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 21:20

I think it's a crab-apple.  Some of them have small berry sized fruit.  Golden Hornet is one which might fit the bill.

Last edited: 25 October 2016 21:22:16

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 25/10/2016 at 19:01

This is probably what you are looking for Philippa:


http://www.webmesh.co.uk/nativetrees.htm

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