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Why hasnt my respberry bush flowered

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 13:12

Hi Sue

Do you know the variety and whether it's summer or autumn fruiting?

Did you prune it, and if so when?

A few id's please

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 13:09

To clarify:

Himalayan Balsam is not 'notifiable' and is classified as a 'naturalised non-native plant' but invasive.

The legal position is found here

In summary it says:

Prevent the spread of invasive, non-native plants

You must not plant in the wild or cause certain invasive and non-native plants to grow in the wild. This can include moving contaminated soil or plant cuttings. If you do, you can be fined or sent to prison for up to 2 years.

The most commonly found invasive, non-native plants include:

  • Japanese knotweed
  • giant hogweed
  • Himalayan balsam
  • Rhododendron ponticum
  • New Zealand pigmyweed (this is banned from sale)

You’re not legally obliged to remove these plants or to control them. However, if you allow Japanese knotweed to grow onto other people’s property you could be prosecuted for causing a private nuisance."

Hope that helps


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 12:57

   Where's she gone?  Or was that Shadow posting?

Bad Soil?

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:56

I keep the areas under my fruit bushes and trees clear by hand weeding.  Much the best way.


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 11:50

Jo, I got my bike second hand from a lady whose husband had bought it for her as a retirement present and then she developed Menieres and couldn't keep her balance - it was a shame for her especially as she had always enjoyed cycling.  She'd only been out on this one half a dozen times and it was really expensive - I only paid £50 for it!  It was just what I wanted - straight handlebars, comfy seat, ok for longish legs ... it's just all those gears ... but I will get the hang of them - hopefully it'll keep my BP in check


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 10:51

Hello folks - I'm back from a trip into the village - I didn't need much so I went on my bike   I should do it more often   it's a nice bike and I like cycling - it's just I've never quite got to grips with the complexity of the gears - think I have about 30 to choose from - I was always used to a bike with just 3.  

For those who think that Norfolk is flat ....... think again

Bad Soil?

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 10:46

No point in not pointing out what the problem may be - that's never helpful - as long as we don't make people feel foolish for making honest and well-intentioned mistakes.

We all started somewhere and the man who never made a mistake never made anything. 

Bad Soil?

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 09:40

Many good points there Tetley   particularly the point about the Roundup

Looking back I can't see which tree was referred to, but if it was an attempt to kill off the suckers under the apricot, it would undoubtedly have killed the tree too

And even just spraying the grass/wild flowers around the base  will have damaged the tree unless the trunk was protected.

The method of planting may have caused problems in a wet year, as sometimes the hole can act as a sump and the tree roots simply drown. 

Lots to consider. 

Lilly pollen

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 09:31

Try the Long Reach type nail scissors with a newspaper spread underneath.


Posted: 17/08/2015 at 07:49

Oooh yes, hope the sun shines on Runny's son today too

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