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HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 14:00


Yesterday I picked the first ever pear from our espaliered Concorde - it's on the sideboard ripening - there are three more on the tree 

Fidget - some loud noise woke me around 2.22am - now I know who to blame  

English Bluebell Bulbs

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 13:27

This may be a sort of an explanation 

Foxgloves and Cats

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:35

Cats and foxgloves leave each other well alone - always have, always will.  Your cats will be perfectly safe with foxgloves in the garden.

The problems with lily pollen are usually because a cat brushes up against a vase of lilies on a table, gets pollen on its fur,  and then grooms itself, licking the pollen off its coat.

Cats cannot get at the pollen of a  foxglove - you have to be bee sized to be able to do that. 

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 12:29

To my nose the perfume from T. jasminoides is more like the intense perfume of jasmine oil than Jasminium officinale.

Does Trachelospermum jasminoides smell like jasmine sambac?

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:31

Trachelospermum jasminoides is jasmine so that's what it smells like  

It needs a sheltered spot protected from frosts. 

Sandy patches on lawn

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:27

Hi Paul 

Sounds like worm casts (indicating a healthy soil structure under your lawn ) -  the best thing to do is to gently rake over the lawn before mowing, or use a stiff broom or 'besom; (like one of the traditional witches' brooms) to spread the casts over the lawn - only do this when it's dry - but then that's when you mow the lawn isn't it.  

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:21

Back from Homebase with cache pots for Christmas cacti that've gone up a pot size and won't fit into their old ones now it's time for them to come back indoors.  

I also called in at the farm shop and picked up some bits for the curry - now I've decided it's an indoor day the sun has come out ........... but there are some big black clouds heading this way .... chicken going into marinade when I've had another coffee ....... 

Anyone know what this is??

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 11:12

Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could 'garden fungi' - a whole garden dedicated to the myriad of fascinating and beautiful fungi, toadstools etc - how beautiful would that be 

But they're so particular in their requirements 

GW front garden Lewisham

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 08:35

They did name it HC - I've recorded the programme so I'll play it back again when I get a moment.  

When I had a garden full of bind weed I spent a year spraying with glyphosate and digging it out to get rid of it all - it did work.  However I agree that membrane has it's uses - there wasn't the time to do the job 'properly'  and this was the way to get a quick fix.  As long as the person responsible for the garden in the future is prepared to apply glyphosate to any bindweed shoots peeking around the edges of the membrane, it'll be ok. 

Advice please!

Posted: 01/10/2016 at 08:25

Good morning Suz3 

It looks to me like a Calamondin 

or a Solanum pseudocapsicum - Winter Cherry. 

Whichever it is I would pot it up now and move it to a brightly lit but frost-free place.  

Ah!  Think you're right H-C - probably the Solanum 

Last edited: 01 October 2016 08:29:53

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