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I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 19:30

Thanks, Hostafan: I generally chop & slice/ dice depending on size of 'fruit' being discarded. I find pineapples particularly 'resilient' - must be the hefty 'coat' they carry!

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 19:08

Thanks, Pansyface & Fidgetbones: I did try one baked last month - probably 'not quite ripe then' but, oh my - was it bitter! It hastily followed Route One to the compost bucket!! More insightful recipes/ uses welcomed: ? ferment for hooch....?? a la Marrow brandy??

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

Posted: 15/10/2015 at 18:01

 Various shapes/ sizes/ colours! Is there any hope for culinary use, please advise.

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 19:44

Too true, Pansyface - the black fella was going at a fair lick - had my camera in 'sports' mode! Est speed 2.9 metres per minute!!! (maybe? relative of Mr Bolt???).

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 12/10/2015 at 19:09

Thanks for both IDs, BobTG & Jo47: Granted I was a bit 'cheeky' poaching on the thread. I was just surprised to see these fellas so late in the season as it were - ? products of the 'Indian Summer' we've been treated to this year, no doubt??

beautiful hairy caterpiller

Posted: 11/10/2015 at 19:23

 I met these two 'showy' characters whilst walking in Great Langdale, Cumbria last week. I'm not certain what they become in due course; but they'd best hurry up 'cos it's becoming quite chilly overnight - and daylight is fleetingly shortening each day of Autumn. Any ideas what species, please?

When to cut back the Lillies?

Posted: 10/10/2015 at 19:48

DD: if you empty the lily pot/ tub carefully onto an empty compost bag (or similar), you'll probably find that the 'parent' bulbs now have several younger 'offspring' nestling around their toes! The youngsters will grow steadily (& will normally take a full season or two before they come into bloom on their own account) - but they'll do a lot better if you set them spaced tidily in a separate pot of their own. Treat both the sets of bulbs to good quality general compost; best kept on the dry side over winter. Beware those wretched white grubs of the lily beetle though - squishing is all they deserve!! Enjoy!!

 *You can probably detect some adult lily beetle damage on these blooms - but as I'm only growing for my own pleasure I don't use anything other than 'physical' measures against the culprits!!


Orchid help

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 20:41

Pia2: their 'chemistry mix' is obviously proving very beneficial! - I'd just give them a somewhat larger (but not deeper) vessel....??

Help needed please

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 20:37

Jo47: my mention was purely in the context of a helpful illustration of what might be done/ gained from having a bay bush in a pot! All that comes alongside the more normal culinary/ esthetic benefit which lasts all year!!

Orchid help

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 20:48

May I endorse 100% what Hostafan advised??!!

Discussions started by David Matthews2

I've got a luverly bunch of ? Definitely not coconuts!

So I've grown gourds this season & needing to know whether these are edible, or merely ornamental?? Positive information would be most welcome - before I poison aybody!! 
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Last Post: 19/10/2015 at 19:03

What shall i do with a 'Hairy Onion'?

Head of bolting onion has grown 4 feet, then sprouted 'hair' 
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Last Post: 10/08/2014 at 19:47

Please help to identify this miniature shrub

Small evergreen shrub withsharply-pointed glossy leaves and white 'malteser-sized' bobbles supported on short stems. 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 18:17

Gardening featuring in Seasonal Greetings...??

Do other 'forkers' know of examples of gardening techniques and practices being featured? ing in  
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Last Post: 26/12/2013 at 06:47

Getting Crafty in my old age...

Planting and discussing spring bulbs with my grand-daughters prompted an ad hoc craft session with them the playroom 
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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 21:26

Huge Bee on Winter Clematis "Freckles"

Sighted this afternoon in my sheltered courtyard....can anyone identify the bee species? 
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Last Post: 21/12/2013 at 06:56
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