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Posted: 30/10/2015 at 19:26
Hostafan1 wrote (

Panda, sorry to be a pain. Might you ask OH where they came from . 

Just looked at Morrison website and they don't have pork and chorizo burgers 

Sainsbugs also do them



Posted: 30/10/2015 at 19:22

Goodness you've all been chatting a lot!!!  Best wishes to your niece Verdun - I recommend Waitrose coconut and lime ice cream  - very luscious - I suspect Hosta may have a freezer full of it  

Fairy, I like Soleros too

Well done! to new driver

Make the most of your Friday evening off Panda - hope your paws are up and resting

Gooseberry pruning

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 19:09

I have Hinnomaki Yellow - it's a gorgeous dessert gooseberry with a wonderful flavour if allowed to ripen on the bush. 

However, it has a very sprawling (as you say, almost weeping) habit and it's not really possible to create the classic goblet shape.   If you don't stop the growing tips of the branches it will layer itself and produce lots more bushes - so I shorten the growing tips pruning to upward-pointing buds .  You can't get a goblet shape but you can get a sort of wide speading bush.  It goes grow very wide and needs a lot of space.  However, the fruit is well worth every square inch of garden it takes up.

If you want some more gooseberry bushes just let one or two branches grow downwards and layer themselves




Posted: 30/10/2015 at 14:32

Very best wishes to your neice Verdun - hope she can have some lovely birthday celebrations when she's feeling better - in the meantime you can tell her that some of us would be quite pleased at being able to delay our birthdays - probably not such a plus when you're a mere 22.

Best wishes too to the 'anxious uncle' - I understand that ice cream is a very good remedy for anxiety

Bogatyr garlic

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 13:53

Oh dear - good luck

what us this

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 13:12

Yes, it's old name was Jude's Ear - this was because it commonly grows on Elder trees, which is the tree that Judas Iscariot hung himself from according to ancient myth.  From that the fungi's name changed to Jew's Ear and that's what it's been known as for a long time - thankfully the new names are not going to insult anyone

Paper white narcissus

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 12:34

Sarah Raven recommends planting them in mid November

I've found that they rarely flower a second year - the bulbs having been exhausted because they've not been able to replenish the energy used as they've been grown in water.  I think most people discard them after Christmas.

what us this

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 12:29

I'm no expert on fungi - but I think this is one of the jelly fungi, possibly Auricularia auricula-judae ,  commonly known nowadays as Jelly-ear or Wood-ear fungus .

Is there some wood somewhere underneath those paving slabs?

saving acer

Posted: 30/10/2015 at 09:28

It looks like an elder to me - we can have a stab at saying which one when it grows new leaves next spring. 

In the meantime I'd cut every branch hard back to about 18" from the ground.  That will give the roots less plant to support. If you can feel  natural joints in the stems - a slight swelling where new shoots form - cut back to about an inch above one which is about 18" above soil level.  If you can't feel the joints don't worry about them at this stage.  Just cut the branches back to 18".

And don't water it any more.  It's leaves are falling - that's perfectly natural for this time of year - so it really doesn't need watering - the winter rains will be enough, and the roots also need oxygen - too much water will 'drown' them. 

Elder are pretty tough plants - don't panic - there's a very good chance it'll survive .  Good luck 

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