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Fruit at last?

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 17:11

Thank you so much for the further detailed information. This is such a wonderful forum, with such great people!

I believe that the gardening community are the most socially orientated people on the internet - quite different to the "solitary endeavour" that a lot of people imagine when I tell them I garden. Social Capital is the term I would use for something so rich in excellent advise, since all your responses have saved me hours, even years of experience or research on this subject that I didn't even realise I needed at the outset!

Fruit at last?

Posted: 06/01/2018 at 03:22

Many thanks for all these helpful posts. I have lots of reasons now to explore if my trees still fail to fruit. It is wonderful to have a list of things to try out and consider, and I am sure it is the best time of year to be looking into these things for the coming year.

Oh dear, though, I thought simply that all apples needed frost to flower and set fruit. I do get flowers - not a huge amount but I do get them. They were supposed to be Bramley and Cox and I have young crab-apple trees put in to pollinate them.

I do indeed have a big concern about pollinators though. When we moved here there were lots and lots of bees. There were much fewer the year before last, and I barely saw a Bee this past year. I live on the North Coast of Ireland in a sheep farming area, overlooking the sea, and yes, we have been very worried about where the pollinators all went last year. We don't use any pesticides or indeed fungicides or weed-killers, for that matter, but the shepherds have a sheep-dip enclosure very nearby. This couldn't wipe out bees and such like could it?

Fruit at last?

Posted: 04/01/2018 at 18:41

I just want to share my excitement with someone who understands this:

My apples have never fruited with any success (just one or two on the trees). We live in a permanently wet, windy, but rarely frosty place by the sea. This year was the first we have had with a consistent snap of sub-zero weather for years, so I am hoping for a crop of fruit at last!

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 17/10/2017 at 13:59

I think well done everyone. Those of us who keep our hearts outside in the garden get stressed enough without these things. Those of you who lost precious plants and trees - my sincere commiserations.

I'm ready for the autumn tidy up, if I can get out there, it's still a bit cold and windy.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 23:05

Oh dear Joyce, tell her not to try do anything, it's always a terrible temptation to try to move that little thing, or this little bit, and then make yourself worse in the process. I hope you will all feel better when the man has been to finish the clear up.

Lilly, I think the wind is definitely dropping with no sign of hitting the high speeds forecast. Good luck anyway.

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 20:56

We are still OK up on the North Coast of Ireland. The electric hasn't gone off and the strategy of putting pots on their side has worked fine. One or two rose bushes had a bad battering, so I will remember to give them a quick prune next time. We have actually had worse winds in the last week than those so far, but the wind hasn't changed direction yet, so we will have to see.

Joyce21, very sorry to see that your daughters tree came down on the garden. Looks like it's made a terrible mess. We've had trees down in the garden before. At first it seems like the end of the garden, but things that have survived start appearing out from under the branches, and once it is all sawn up, sawdust gathered and taken away, or put somewhere for burning it will all seem much more like home again. Do you know someone with a chainsaw?

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 15:33

Pbff, Hostafan1 and all, about the red moon, I think it is dust generally lifted by the storm in the atmosphere.

It is noticeable from up here that when there has been flooding of rivers and berns the water appears red/brown in colour when the light shines upon it, sometimes for a mile or more out to sea. I imagine that it is the same effect, though water born. It has led to many myths and legends where in the sea, lakes, rivers, or the sky turn "blood red".

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 15:03

Same strange light this morning as other's have reported. I had time to go out and turn all the big pots on their sides. The blusters of wind came first (but I was in by then) and then the constant wind started about an hour ago. All the cats and dogs are indoors (including a barn cat, who is in the garage).

We also have some puddings ready to eat to calm us all down. I strongly recommend fruit cheesecakes and fruit crumbles for this invaluable purpose!

Good luck for the storm everyone

Posted: 16/10/2017 at 00:03

We do get gusts of 80 in the winter in normal storms, but it is the long and relentless winds that really rip the garden to shreds and do the worst damage, so we are hoping that the storm will pass over quickly.

We had over 100 mph in about 1997 or 1998, which actually blew the dog off her feet and up into the air as she was being brought home on a lead. Fortunately she wasn't injured (just very surprised). It will be a must to get the dogs and the cats in, and the windows and doors will be tightly shut. We often (several times in a winter) have the power cut off, and the telephones usually go too, but we have back up fuel.

Speaking from experience, the two biggest dangers if you go out are from falling branches and falling tiles. They are not talking rubbish when they say to stay indoors. Sometimes tiles shower down if a part of the roof goes. Roofs are designed so that they will land outside - not indoors. Best keep everyone in and tell them not to do any silly bravado stuff. It's best to do any clearing up after the storm has passed whatever has happened, be it trees on wires or greenhouses or whatever else.

Hope nobody needs this advice after all.

Storm Ophelia

Posted: 15/10/2017 at 21:12

I've started another thread to warn people again who don't know the storm is coming so they can fetch all their valuable pots in and such, but all the very best of luck anyway to everyone who is waiting for the winds to arrive.

The rhymes being put up here should either be published or banned - not sure which!

I'll just add a bit of the tree's perspective:

"...From the black chasm

Where shrieks and creaks rhyme

And cutting twigs encase

Tight, trapped in the many ringed

Trunk of time

To bend and squeak until

Ripped from this embrace..."

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