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late apple drop?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:50

Welshonion, that is a very interesting remark about when good apple crops have happened, we had dreadful crops last year, and not just us but many people around here - East Midlands.  This year is better so far, but although there were wonderful amounts of stunning apple blossom, there were no pollinators to speak of, it being very cold at the time.  There must have been a few however, as there are apples on the eaters, but very few on the crab, very unusual that. We grow James Grieve and Katy, James is very tolerant of alot of conditions, Katy seems more fussy - but both do have crops on so far - not huge but definitely there. 

memorial garden

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:46

Goodness, that is a great idea but the question probably has about as many answers as there are plants, several million probably!

Who is going to care for the garden, you mention your club, may I be so personal as to ask what kind of age range is involved?  What are you making the memorial for?  The colour scheme needs thinking about, as to what might be appropriate for whatever/whomsoever you wish to remember.  There are many named roses and other plants that might be appropriate but they do need some care.  Smaller shrubs like hebes (not the tall ones I think), hardy geraniums can be nice, lots of spring bulbs - maybe a little more information would be helpful? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:42

Good  day yesterday, some garden jobs done, some flowers to enjoy, the beans are thinking about flowering - pink flowers which is rather a surprise as `i was expecting red one - but any flower is welcome - maybe the rain washed the colour out? Back to wet now, and remarkably cool, hope that wasn't it for the year.   Special wedding and anniversaries in September, maybe it will be glorious then - huh?

Sweet peas have begun to flower at last, not  overly enthuiastically but there are some out. Berries need picking but it is too wet to do it just now - soon I hope before they turn to mush. 

The One Show - Britain's Largest Potted Plant

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 10:38

I think the idea could be fun, but although I have over 400 potted plants, they are - for the vast majority at any rate - outside.   I know there is someone else on these boards who has an oak tree in a pot, but cannot find the discussion thread when we spoke about it - but as it is outdoors it is excluded anyway.

You do see huge plants in places such as airports and shopping entres, which are, I assume looked after professionally - I guess these would be excluded as well? Driving through Belgium it is noticeable there that the days of the big houseplant is alive and well, maybe in other countries too?  I see them less often here.

Are you looking at plants in peoples homes, using conservatory plants?  This could exclude people with just the sort of plant in which I think you are interested.  Will keep an eye on this thread and see where it goes.

I think the days of the giant aspidiatra, and sanservia (mother in laws tongue) are virtaully past. Probably people on the whole do not have the room for them in smaller homes, besides which central heating put paid to many of them over the years. 

Lavender Collapse - Can it be saved?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 09:55

I shall be interested to see what happens if you do cut into the wood, maybe hack is not quite the phrase I might have used!  Let me know if it lives or dies, and please don't berate me too much if it doesn't work!


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.

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