Latest posts by chrissieB

Stellar cherry fan trained

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:36
The fruit falling before maturing may simply be June drop which is when the tree naturally shed fruit that has not being pollinated. Not all cherry trees are self fertile I.e. they need another one nearby to be pollinated - I don't know if Steller is self fertile? Are you using fleeces to protect the blossom from frost - if you are this needs to be removed during the day so that bees can pollinate the blossom.

Other causes can be what the weather has being like and/ or of the tree is under stress. They don't cope well with being dry which it could be if against a wall? They also don't like the opposite being watlogged?

Curling leaves sounds like cherry black fly - I don't know when you sprayed or what with but the usual treatment is a winter wash or using spray both before any sign of infestation, it's too late once the leaves start to curl.


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:13
PS slept like a log last night

Thanks OL, don't know if it was that but banished the phone etc from next to the bed and except for a ten minute lapse had no bad blue light after about 7.30


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 08:11
Congratulations Clari !

No rain at all here but high cloud so bright but not sunny. Typically the rain is forecast for tomorrow when. I want to spend a good part of the day up the allotment. Hopefully they have got it wrong and we will get the rain overnight.

Work again today, haven't worked two days in a row (not at home) for ages - it's completely disrupted my routine, was so better organised when I worked full time and longer hours : /

Hope everyone has a good day x

Slug farmers. Volunteers needed. (There's is method in my madness)

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 07:53
Hi Edd

I saw this article and thought I might have a go, although so far I am using the excuse that I haven't got a bucket. A rather lame cover to feeling slightly squeamish about it, although I would happily use bought nematodes or drown them in beer : /

Hadn't thought about being systematic though and treating two beds as a proper test and compare. I have just brewed up some garlic spray to use so think I will 'test' that first and then try the slug death brew. Your post has prompted me to be more systematic and maybe also grow the same type of seedlings in each bed so I am comparing like with like.

Will report back if I do so : )

Plug plant offers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 21:45
Ooooh might luck at those, thanks, although am on a budget too x

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Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:53
No, will bear that in mind OL. Will probably resist this one unless I manage to track down some polystyrene in time. Have saved some bubble wrap though from a delivery today, as that would be useful insulation for a DIY cold frame.

Thanks for all the ideas everyone x


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:43
Yes it's only the Cosmis atrosanguinea which is oerennial aka as Chocolate Cosmos. It grows for a tuber rather than seed and can be over wintered if given tlc

white flowering plants

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:39
There a couple of white flowering evergreen clematis - Fragrant Oberon is lovely and the Armandii cultivars

Sarcococca confuse is winter flowering with a lovely honey scent - flowers aren't very showy but are white

You can get white lavendars, name escapes me, and they are evergreen or should that be evergrey?

For bulbs Lily of the valley, white muscari and camassias


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:36
That's a good method, Dove, will remember that

OL - am with you now re the other blue light, not sure I can resist dipping into the forum after 8.30 but wil try to do so tonight as whacked.

Hi Bekkie, am pretty sure my sleep problem is hormone related. Never had problems sleeping or ever had spots ( not even one in my teens ) until I hit 45 a couple of years ago. Ah well...will hopefully sot itself out at some point

Enjoy Glastonbury Punkdoc, don't be too good ; )

Right am going to collapse with a nice glass of chilled wine

Delphiniums and Lupins

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 18:26
Thank you

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