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Posted: 24/05/2015 at 12:05

Oooh sausage sandwich!  .  I was good, I had muesli

Wonky, think you need to get those gentlemen organised - a garden party sounds in order

Plant ID please

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 12:00

I think it's a case of 'wait and see'

Espalier Conference Pear

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 11:47

Hi Willowplanter

I have a Concorde pear planted 3 years ago as a maiden whip which is being trained as an espalier.  I'm amazed that you have had fruit in earlier years.  This is the first year mine has had blossom  and I have picked off the fruit buds as I don't want to over-tax the plant while it's so young.

They used to say that 'You plant pears for your heirs' meaning that they usually take a good while to reach maturity and to crop well.  Of course, with grafting onto rootstocks that limit growth, they reach maturity sooner now, but if your pear has put on a lot of growth I would imagine that it can't produce fruit as well and has sacrificed the crop in favour of growth.

Another thought is that it might be thirsty - the foot of a south-facing wall can a very dry place and we've had a remarkably dry spring (at least here in Norfolk).  That would also have stressed the tree.

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:50

I  squished loads earlier in the season - they were appearing as soon as the Crown Imperials surfaced, but I've got two big bowls full of lilies in bud and haven't seen a lily beetle for over a week - but I'm still looking

Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:30

There must've already been a Chelsea garden using staddle stones - it's only an extension of that - and wouldn't it be fabulous!?

What is this tree?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:26

Wow!  Even with blurry vision - has to be a good guess rather than real identification


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:23

Wow Panda!  What a social life you're having!  Hope the weather holds and everyone has a lovely day (and life etc) and that all goes well on your foreign adventure - is Bernard going with you?

Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 10:20


Chris Beardshaw et moi ;-)

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 09:56

Ikea planting?

Didn't Monet include haystacks?   Like to see one of those at Chelsea ....... I suppose we'll have to wait until next year now ................ 

How and Why does my lawn grow so high??

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 09:51

Lawns need mowing at least once a week, sometimes twice a week in the growing season.  That'll stop clumps and nettles. 

If you paid good money to have a lawn laid it's worth your while to look after it.

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