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no apples!

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:16

We had the most wonderfulm erfumed and incredible show of apple blossom this year, then it was bitter cold and there was not a pollinator insight!! Had I been a bee I would have stayed indoors too - lack of pollinators in poor weather is the cause of reduced fruit set this year. 

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 23:14

indeed, they are pretty hard to kill, though I did lose one in the bitter winter of 18 months ago!!

Plant Identification

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 21:12

Hi, pretty sure that is a cotoneaster shrub.  The flowers will later on develop into very bright red berries, which are pretty in the winter, and the birds tend not to eat them very early, guess they are not their favourites.

You can prune it now , and reduce the number of berries you have, or later in the year, ditto - whenever you do it you are going to lose some flowers or berries.  They are very good plants, pruning will really depend upon how much space you want it to occupy.

If it is against a wall you can train it up the wall, it makes quite a nice wall shrub if you want that. 

buried snails

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 10:36

Tried vaseline, WD40, eggshells, grit, porridge oats etc., copper beats them all - this wet weather the larger hosta leaves do droop to the ground and the slugs can crawl up them, but still they are far better than they used to be.

Rosemary Bush Dying

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:35

They thrive on bare sandy rocky ground with a few drops of water occasionally in the parts where we go in Spain - not quite what we have had of late - they want heat and light, heck, don't we all?  This weather, plus the last two winters may well have done for it.  Some Rosemary's are more tender than others, the upright ones seem to tolerate almost everything that is thrown at them, but the Capri and repens types are less tolerant.

Hope you can find a shoot or two to take cuttings from - good luck.

Sickly plants ? Try asprin.

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:31

Aspirin as an incredible drug, and a very powerful one.  Were it discovered today, there is no way it would be for general sale, but would be a prescribed medicine only. Some of the things it can do, ands ome of the things it is used for in medicine are amazing, and surprising - over the years in medicine the places  I have seen the apparently humble aspirin turn up are very very numerous. 

Also not plants, but as a side shoot should be OK?

Is it ever going to STOP!!!!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:39

HollieHock, where are you to be out in Tshirt and flip flops, tell us so we can all come and join you!!

Wet again here of course, grey dark skies, shall have to start using my SAD light if this goes on, usually only in autumn and winter, but the condition won't go away without light and sunshine.

Poor food farmers, I feel really worried about crops for them, fear high food prices come autumn - a nusiance for us but a real disaster for them.  

BIG meal of grown vegs!

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:34

Hmm, just may be!  However, there is nothing like the taste of the first veggies you have ever grown, and for me, the delight never goes away - keep going, the carrots will grow in due course. 

Talkback: Controlling slugs and snails with copper

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:33

Copper tape is never going to be cheap, copper is an expensive metal to get out of the ground, so will not come cheap even as tape.  You might try finding a friendly plumber who will let you have copper pipe offcuts reasonably, or even free if you are very nice, but in the end copper has to be paid for.

I did try googling for it, and got some from a company selling the adhesive stuff 4 for 3, but that amount will not be enough for your allotment I imagine.  If you do find a less expensive seller, do share the info - please?

buried snails

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 11:27

Copper collars round the base of the plants.  It does work, honestly.  My sister in law has been using them with great effect in her vegetable garden, they seem costly but do last virtually for ever so can be re-used time and time again. 

I grow around 65 different hostas in pots and nearly gave the collection  up a few years ago because of snail/slug damage, until I was told about copper tape around the pots, it really has mde a huge difference.  Even in this wet weather, there is little damage done by snails ans slugs, though there are always a few which crawl up the wet and drooping leaves, but the majority which climb the pots just do not pass the copper.

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