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Which varieties for 2014

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 17:35

NewBoy - this thread might have the information you need 

I would add that I was planning to grow yellow courgette Parador next year, as it produced really well in 2012 but I have been unable to get seeds - Thompson & Morgan sent me an email telling me they were in stock, but some weeks later I've received a letter saying they cannot source the seeds and refunding my money. 

As I was not impressed with the variety I grew this year (I think it was Soleil) it's back to the drawing board for courgettes - I may even go down the squash route.

2 Hibiscus

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 11:48

Hi Sylvia

Hibiscus are deciduous and will lose their leaves in the autumn.  Lots of information here 

Hope that helps.


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:51

I was once told by a doctor that 'the trouble with people like you is that you take a bit of exercise then go and eat pizza'.  I did make a complaint about him - I was told he would undergo more training.

I was later diagnosed with a severely underactive thryroid - I'd been complaining about the symptoms for nearly 10 years but had been ignored by several different docs - by the time I was diagnosed I had an erratic heart rhythm and oedema as well as many other symptoms.

My current GP is fantastic - when we moved house we made sure we stayed in her area. 


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:45

Hi Iris clara 

I know it's been a strange year weatherwise, but I'd have thought the winter would have finished off any aphids by now.

When we get a bad aphid infestation in this garden in the summer, I either wash them off with a jet of water from the hosepipe, or brush them off with a small soft brush or my fingers, but usually the bluetits deal with them.

What sort of plants are?

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:40

Great programme - I've been considering a bit of topiary for this garden for quite a while - and she made it look so simple!  

And isn't it great having subjects covered in some depth?   Think we need to let the BBC know how happy they're making us 


Posted: 13/12/2013 at 09:35

Good morning all - running late this morning - have been supervising OH in the garage finding Christmas decs!  

Now he's gone to work and I need to shower and dress and get on with the day!  

Verdun - swimming would be ideal if I didn't go into a state of high anxiety around swimming pools (bad experience as a child).  I've tried everything - special classes, going with OH who's a good swimmer, everything.  I even got panicky the time work hired the UEA sportspark conference facilities, and I didn't even have a swimsuit with me so there was no way I was going near the pool - it's the noise and smell you get around pools.    I'm less anxious with heated outdoor pools, but there's not a lot of access to those (Bro has one but that's in another county).  It's so annoying - it's the only thing I get panicky about really. 

If the forum stops working 'cos it's Friday 13th we'll all do our decorations, wrapping and baking and be ready for Christmas on time LOL


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 19:09

Hello folks   You've all been busy - I had a BP check up this morning, nurse not very happy  apparently I need to get more exercise - as I explained, if only my knee would let me   

Clarington, CW is a good friend of a good friend - I've been trying to wangle an intro or a dinner party invite, but it would involve staying at friend's home in London, and OH is allergic to her cats 

When do I cut back my Hellebores?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:50

Jess, the reason I'm accumulating hellebores is because I keep buying them - it's becoming an addiction   Most of mine are still in pots.  

In my last garden I had one which self seeded a few babies each year which I potted up and gave to friends and relatives - it's unlikely that you'll have to hack your way out of the garden because of hellebores 

Quickest growing fruit tree?

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:45

Because the  Bramley is a  triploid it needs two pollinators in the same Pollination Group in order to produce fruit. 

Compost Bins

Posted: 12/12/2013 at 15:41

I have two of the Green Fingers bins - absolutely no problems with GF - I've had several things from them, reasonable quality for the price, good delivery etc.  

BUT I wish I'd ordered the removable front type - ever since I hurt my back I have to get OH to fork the compost out into a barrow - if I could remove the fronts I could do it myself  

I agree, shade or semi shade - they heat up through bacterial action/decompostion not sunshine 

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