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Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 08:01

A reflection from the Eden Project....of the 12 gardeners who enlisted for service  in WW1, just 3 returned. This gives some idea of the scale & magnitude of the loss of young life.

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 07:57

Hugs are always welcome, so thanks for them....but I did nothing. I do however feel privileged to be the son of one of those millions of heroes who went through so much for us all.  

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 06:24

On this 100th anniversary day of the outbreak of WW1, I'll be remembering my dear old Dad, who enlisted into the army at the age of 16 (lied about his age, as many did)  returning home broken, scarred, both mentally & physically.

RIP, Dad. 

We will remember them.

Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 14:51

Thing is, pansy, I very rarely google for gardening information, but on this occasion I thought a quick cut n' paste would save time.

Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 12:18

Profound apologies, I've just looked back at the source of my googled information and it wasn't the RHS....Buddyboy is quite right and I should have known better.....so much for being idle & trying to save time.

Please ignore my comments in the second part of my reply of 10.06.

Pansy, this would explain the word 'fall'.

Talkback: Fellowship on the forum

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 11:45

Yes, a magnificent gesture, renewing one's faith in human nature.

artjak....take a bow.

Brown rot on victoria plum tree

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:06

Hold on, Buttercupthistle......it's all getting a bit muxed up.

Now, there is no connection between brown rot and using pheromone traps. Pheromone traps are an aid to controlling plum moths.....the maggots of witch infest the plums themselves. These traps give out a pheromone mimicking the female moth and attract the male moth (seeking a mate) to their doom.

You may notice that the yellow sticky pad is marked into squares, this is so you can measure the amount of moths around and adjust the spray accordingly.....it's all in the instructions.....so not a cure as such. 

Now brown rot - to save my time, this is taken from the RHS guide to the problem:

1  Control brown rot fungus starting in the late summer or early fall. Remove all diseased fruit that has fallen to the ground as well as fruit mummies and any cankered pieces on the tree itself. It is also beneficial to remove diseased branches in the winter when the tree is dormant. Dispose of diseased pieces immediately in a garbage container.

2 Prune trees to create better air circulation, which will discourage the growth of brown rot fungus. When watering plum trees, use low sprinklers that will not hit tree flowers, fruit and foliage, as this can create optimal conditions for the fungus to flourish.

3 Apply a synthetic fungicide or one that contains copper if you are concerned about brown rot fungus affecting your plum trees in the springtime. Follow the manufacturer's directions for exact application instructions. Spray fungicide while the trees are still in their pink bud stage for the fungicide to work best.

Hope that helps.

Quick hello from me

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 15:36

Nut is being very modest, she IS very clever!

Welcome, Chrises.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 21:04

Poor, rosemummy....you've really had a rotten sweet pea season.  I have to confess, I have never seen the problem you are describing.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 20:08

I presume you mean the stems, rosemummy....stems of all sweet peas reduce in length as the season progresses and nothing much can be done to avoid it,

I've noticed those picked by Monty Don on GW, have had stems not much more than 5/6 inches long.

 

 

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