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Sage gone wild

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:51

Leave it over winter and cut back in the spring.   Take some cuttings now

Old rose - Mme Isaac Pereire

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:49

Seven leaflets doesn't always indicate a sucker - that's true for a hybrid tea but older types of roses frequently have more leaflets. 

I'd wait and see - if it's a cutting on its own roots it won't have suckers. 

Storing Potatoes

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:39

In my experience the best place to store potatoes on a domestic scale is an outside wash'us or lavvie - but they don't build houses with them any more - shame

Cooking or eating apples?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:33

And I forgot to mention - some apples are 'dual purpose'

Gardening quiz.

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:32


Storing Potatoes

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:30

Not good to store potatoes in a fridge - temps that low convert the starch to sugar and result in rather unpleasant sweet-tasing potatoes.

Commercial potato storage is run at above 8C if I remember correctly (must try to remember to ask brother) to avoid the starch/sugar changes.


Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:23

Morning you two   littl

Earlier this year we spread a load of home-made compost onto the little Wilderness at the back of the pond - now we have a thicket of  little tomato plants   Think I need to get the hoe out ...

Gardening quiz.

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:19

Which succulent am I most looking forward to seeing on my West Country holiday this year?

Cooking or eating apples?

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 07:15

Check out the National Trust Apple Days  They usually have someone who will have a go at identifying your apples for you if you take a few apples and leaves.  Other organisations hold apple days in the autumn too, so Google and see what's on in your area

It's early yet to know what colour the apples are going to be - the greener ones may just be later ripeners. 

The best way to find out whether your apples are cookers or eaters is by trial and error - your apples are ripe when you can lift the apple and with a slight twist it comes away - then try eating it raw, cooking with it using different types of recipe - some apples are fluffy when they're cooked, and they're good for purees, baked apples, apple sauce etc, whereas some hold their shape and they're good for pies and tarts.

Try storing a few - some apples are better after they've been stored a while

It's possible that the varieties you have will have been chosen to be in the same pollination group as each other, to ensure a good crop, so that may help narrow down the search a bit. 

There's a hugh number of varieties

Good luck

Gardening quiz.

Posted: 23/07/2015 at 06:53

Dahlia 'After Eight'?

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Visit to Bressingham Gardens

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Foxglove 'Illumination Pink'

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ID please

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Flower ID please

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Sisyrinchium striatum

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Markings on hosta leaves

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Shock!!! Horror!!!

Whatever next??? 
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Congratulations to you both ... 
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ID please - is this Toothwort?

Can anyone confirm 
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I was going to mow the lawn but ......................

Excuses, excuses, excuses .......... 
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Hail storms in East Anglia tomorrow/Friday!?!?!?

Weather warning! 
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Good intentions ...

Things I really must get around to doing ... one day ... 
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Frost tonight!!!???

Check your local forecast ... 
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Clematis cuttings

Where shall I put them? 
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