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Potato flowers

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:22

Thank for your kindness folks - I think ignoring rudeness is the best way to keep things pleasant here 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 21:12

Hello folks   We've had a simply splendid day  

We had some heavy rain on our journey south, but while I was with the Aged Ps (both fine and happy) the sun came out, and by the time OH, friend and I had finished our plaice and chips in the Lord Nelson, the sun was out, temperatures were climbing, it must've been nearly 30C and eating ice cream and laying on the beach was all that was possible. 

We lay on the beach until after 5pm - couldn't believe the time - it was still so warm. We drove along the track beside the harbour with the top down before coming home. 

I eventually summoned up the energy to concoct a summer vegetable, goat cheese and pasta thing which we ate out on the terrace, washed down with some rosé, watching some newly fledged blackbirds exploring the undergrowth at the back of the pond. 

Now I'm on the sofa noodling with you lot while the men wash up.
An especially good thing about today was bumping into an old friend and former neighbour up from Devon for the weekend - what a lovely coincidence 



Posted: 07/06/2014 at 10:11

Oooooh!  Big rolls of thunder up above   but it's not raining .......... at the moment 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:52

It does look gorgeous doesn't it? 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:43

Keep your head down Chicky - if you could use all the rain up before it gets to us I'd be very grateful   Hmm, can't make the winky smiley work

black currants

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 09:01

I meant to say, a feed of potash in the late autumn may remind it that it's supposed to make flowers and fruit the following year, and some chicken manure pellets in the early spring will help to wake the bush up 


Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:58

Many Happy Returns Lily 

bugs on my fuschia buds

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:55

Greenfly/aphids?   I'd use a spray of mild soap solution (I find Ecover works well). 

new member just joined

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:26


black currants

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 08:25

Aaaargh!  Hope you're leg's much better now.  What a horrid thing to happen, especially in the spring!!! 

Hmmm, sounds as if your blackcurrant has taken a year off - it may have been frost damage - I guess the allotment is more exposed than your garden?  Do you know the variety?  The ones with the prefix 'Ben' are more frost resistant than some others.

I think I'd give it some Fish Blood & Bone now (according to pack) water and a mulch of manure, and repeat in the autumn.  

Next spring keep an eye on the weather forecast and if there's a frost forecast at flowering time I'd drape the bushes with some fleece - that's what I did with my gooseberries this year and it worked.

Good luck 

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