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Posted: 26/07/2013 at 07:38

How strange Elaine, it's perfectly ok for me 

Subtropical plant ideas needed please

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 07:32

Oh, I was just going to recommend that you look at Will Giles videos/books/blogs on his exotic garden here in Norwich - but I see Salino beat me to it.  

You'll get so many ideas from it ..............


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 07:18

Good morning GG - if you hear us hooting at you as we pass Swansea about teatime on our way to The Gower give us a wave - a Welshcake or two would be good too 

As for gardening shows - I think there's so much money put into them from the garden design/landscape side of things that the plants take a bit ofa back seat - it's a shame but unfortunately there's more money to be made from selling paving/fencing and other structural stuff, and that's what these shows are about nowadays - encouraging you to remodel your garden - they're just big marketing opportunities. They're what pays for it all.

Problem with pumpkin.... Help and advice needed

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 07:12

I've read that high temperatures can cause more male flowers to be produced, so as the temperatures drop (as surely they will) you'll get more female flowers.  In the meantime, rather than let the male flowers go to waste

Crown Prince is a wonderful squash - a glorious coloured flesh and great flavour, and they hold their shape when roasted - each year I buy half a dozenorganic ones from the local farm shop and store them in my frost-free garage - they last me through until the spring 

Fern problem

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 06:52

Ferns = magical grottos, lots of opportunity for imaginative play - children don't just need areas of grass for swings and trampolines - they need nooks and crannies for getting down close to things, playing with Flower Fairies/Sylvanian Families/Fisher Price Little People.  Even Action Men like to camp out in the jungle etc - what about using your fernery as the basis for a small wilderness area - the rest of the garden can be put down to grass for ball games etc.  It'll be much easier on your back and knees, and good for wildlife as well as developing your child's imagination 

Mystery grass please help identify

Posted: 26/07/2013 at 06:45

Verdun's good on grasses, but he's probably walking the dog on the Towans at the moment   he should be along later ............


Posted: 26/07/2013 at 06:43

Good morning all   Lovely morning here in Norfolk - just done the morning inspection (in pjs) - lots of little chillis on the 3 plants I've got outside - all being pollinated by insects - and at last some courgettes are happening   Runner beans are beginning to set too   Toms are swelling and looking very healthy and more perennial strawberries are appearing.  

I'm a trifle anxious about them all as I'm leaving the Undergardener in charge for a couple of days - keep an eye on him for me will you please? 


Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:19

And label them - it's amazing what you can forget in 12 months 

Identify two new tree shoots

Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:17

I agree with Nut - ash and possibly elder too.  Unless you havethe  space for what will quite quickly become large trees - the ash will be very large - then they are weeds and should be pulled up now.  


Posted: 25/07/2013 at 22:11

Aren't the flowers amazing?  The first time my OH saw a courgette flower he couldn't believe it was a veg and not an ornamental flower.  Now he looks forward to the flowers every summer 

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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