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2 final plant ID's - promise

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:21

Photos rotate because software puts that information into the the 'EXIF' data on the photos.  Google 'remove exif data' and once you have an app which does that, you can rotate them in a photo editor and they will stay put.  There are other reasons for removing EXIF data - privacy being the main one as it can contain location information and more..

It's mainly an issue for Apple devices, so the lack of privacy should be no surprise!


plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 13:16

Runnybeak - easy peasy - just plant them where you definitely don't want them and you will have them there forever!  

They are a bit like Lily of the Valley - they either won't grow for you at all or will mount an invasion - seems there are few folk who can get them to behave themselves!

plant ID.

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:08

1) is aquilegia

2) is Japanese anemone - can be invasive and hard to get rid of

3) is hydrangea


Weeds, I Think

Posted: 13/07/2015 at 12:06

It's buddleia:

Cut it right back to  the ground.  It will almost certainly re-grow then treat any new growth with SBK brushwood killer.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:37

Polka have large tasty fruit which are quite firm and last a long time on the canes.  It was bred from Autumn Bliss, so has a similar taste.  There are a lot fewer spines on the canes too, a definite plus when it comes to picking time.

Potatoes that turn to mush when cooked

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:31

Oldigger, I have a perennial keeled slug problem so have tried a lot of varieties over the years and can recommend Kestrel for both slug resistance and flavour.  I always grow at least two rows of those and they hardly get any slug damage.  Another one that has few slug problems is Sarpo Mira which also shows good blight resistance.  Both are worth trying for anyone who gets a lot of slug damage.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 22:15

It's bad luck really - there may even have been pupae in the soil around the roots that they came with.  There are images of the beetle on this page:

If you want to try a different autumn fruiting variety, I and several others on the forum highly recommend Polka which have huge crops and are very reliable.

Autumn Bliss raspberries

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 21:54

Autumn fruiting rasperries like Autumn Bliss should be cut back to the ground in February.  If you don't cut the canes down the old canes will produce a crop at this time of the year but the normal late summer crop will be much reduced or will be absent.  The maggots will be those of the raspberry beetle which lays its eggs in about May and when they are fully fed they drop into the soil and pupate ready to start the cycle again.

To get rid of the beetles you need to break this cycle.  Although it means losing this years crop (which, if they are maggoty I shouldn't think you will miss too much!) I would cut off all fruit and flowers now and throw them in the dustbin.  This will also get the plants back on their normal cropping cycle as long as you remember to cut all of the canes back to the ground next February.

What is causing the petals to fall off my Dahlias!!

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:17

Dahlia flowers don't last long which is why they aren't usually available as cut flowers in florists.  Make sure you cut the seed head off soon after the petals drop to encourage more flowers.

The mind boggles

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:12

The correct answer is to eat what is in season and not expect to have (say) french beans on your plate all the year round.  Most home grown produce can be frozen and although this takes electricity, it is far more efficient than flying in french beans from Kenya.

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