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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 16:59

ahaa, now I knew there was something missing from the cooking cutlery drawer - it's maybe with all the other items that seem to live in the garage - while the car sits on the drive! Now, where did I leave that runcible spoon .............


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 12:01

I did not know you could use the fruit from the chaenomeles japonicaa, thank you for that information, will certainly give that a go.

Off now to pick the redcurrants before the rain batters them off before I get to them..

Brambles & mint

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:59

I must agree with sotongeoff, I would speak with the company who laid the turf, it is supposed to be weed free, and I imagine it was not cheap.  Mint can be almost as hard to get rid of as the brambles, but if you keep mowing it is will give up eventually, not much besides grass tolerates having its head chopped off regularly.  Also your garden will smell lovely each time you cut, mown grass and mint - lovely idea. 

Passion fruit?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:56

There was a glorious one down the road from us, it covered a huge wooden fence and was a glory year in year out, until the bitter winter of 18 months or so ago - such a shame.The orange fruits are not poisonous, but taste of nothing and are not intended for human eating really.  Chickens seem to like them though - or at least I know some which do. 

Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:54

When they reach this stage of age, it is indeed best to take cuttings and prepare to start again.  Lavenders are not on the whole a very long lived plant - some of mine have set seed and self seeded into the gravel path, nice surprise that was.   Much is said about not cutting into old wood, but having done so many times - usually because I am going to pull the plant out, they have often recovered!!  Lucklily the plants don't read the books, or the threads.

A few random questions :)

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:52

Nothing really is normal this year Loz, my beans are tall but spindly with nary a sign of a flower, peas only 8 inches tall, flowering but they should be 36 -40 inches high as they are bush types.  Often hard to dig tatties, there are special potato forks which are supposed to help.  I tend to pull the top off then spuddle around with my hands until I find something.  Having said that we are not growing any this year for a variety of reasons.  Broad beans eaten by slugs - no year is ever as the books and packaging  tell you, but this wet dark weather is really holding everything back.  Keep using the organisc irion bawed slug pellets, and for the rest, just hope, not much more any of us can do I am afraid.

Raspberies have suface roots and may just have drowned, I've got plenty of foliage but few if any berries - will be an expensive year food wise I think, come autumn.  Farmers are teling their crops are suffering dreadfully, fields of rotten peas shown and so forth. 

Of course, as ever, next year will be wonderful, it always is .................

July in the garden!!

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:47

I grow that gorgeous red lychnis with purple / blue echinops, looks wonderful together, though not for very long as the lychnis is over before the echinops gets into full stride, but for a while it would have made Christopher Lloyd's heart sing. 

Gary, our strawberries have looked like that for what seems months also - I suppose they will redden if we get any sun that lasts for more than half an hour.  The redcurrants are very red but I'll bet not sweet as there has been no sun to turn the starches to sugars - they'll still cook up well for jams and syrups I expect. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 11:36

Wow, one day without rain and I've had to water the hanging baskets, thanks be to goodness.  I'd almost forgotten how!

Pruning Cotoneaster Horizontalis

Posted: 11/07/2012 at 21:23

O course it is not impossible that you do have a hive of bees near at hand, but it is most likely that the bees are just delighted to find your cotoneaster - they really do love the flowers, also pyracantha seems to be a favourite of them here too.

When you cone to prune it, don't be too delicate or yu will get lots of thinwhispy shoots looking rather untidy, cut a deent sized bit off if it is where you don't want it, and don't worry, it will make new branches afterwards.  There is a very good small RHS book on pruning, virtually foolproof - I know, 'cos I'm fairly foolish, and I can follow it - not that I always do but that is something else again.


Posted: 11/07/2012 at 16:53

huge foxgloves everywhere indeed, last year my son and I were grumbling about he pathetic little 18 inch high efforts, not this year!! They have loved the wet conditions, but as they are native here that is probably hardly surprising.  The hostas are loving the wet too, as is the golden hop - always a high speed runner but this year headed for a gold medal.  Hardy geraniums very happy, and some clematis but by no means all. 

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