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Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:46

Love it Hosta 

I've brought the big begonia and  "Hosta's canna" into the studio to protect them from the winds that are on their way - good job OH is at work today and tomorrow 

I've also cut a bunch of dahlias and picked and frozen a big colander full of raspberries.  No point in letting the rain spoil them.  

Now I'm going to make Pattypan and Basil Soup for lunch ...

Fairy   ((very gentle hugs)) 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:24

Oh stoppit Hosta!!!     I considered, I pondered, I usually say teepee ... just this once I say wigwam and you pounce on me ............ thank goodness you've lost all that weight   This time last year I'd have been squashed 

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:21

Hosta - how deep is your lake?  It looks pretty deep to me 

Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:11

  Apparently it's not quite that simple - according to the Harlequin Ladybird Survey almost all the Harlequins have brown legs 

And without my glasses and one of each to compare, black or brown???    And colour is my job ... 

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:00

Yes, where did that go Hosta?   I clicked on it and it disappeared - t'wasn't me Guv! 

Glad you're playing in the lake with gay abandon - never too late   

Our new compost area is filling up nicely - I've a feeling that the gone over Cerinthes will shed their seeds in there - we'll probably have cerinthes all over the veg patch in a year's time   I do like making compost 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 09:47

The roses and honeysuckles have done better than ever this year - David Austin's Mayflower is still blooming and Rosa Bonica still has more to give.  They'd do even better if they were in a sunnier spot instead of being on The Shady Bank.  I might have to create another sunnier bed 

The Alpina Clematis were great as is the Clem Purpurea Plena Elegans - but the larger flowered ones have struggled - think the soil needs bulking up for them.  

The ferns have been amazing - the damp weather earlier in the year really suited them.

Sweetcorn Swift has been the best it's ever been - the increased light in the garden since felling one of the big ashes, together with warm weather and more moisture in the soil than in previous years (again due to the tree being felled) means that every stem has produced at least three edible cobs!!! 

The pattypan squashes are amazing ... far more productive than courgettes have been in previous years - I may well grow them again, or at least alternate with courgettes.

I lost all the little tomato plants to blight, (which came in with some plants from a friend) with the exception of Crimson Crush which have lived up to the advertising blurb of being Blight Resistant.  They've grown big and strong and are producing lots of lovely tomatoes, despite having started life crammed hugger mugger in the little greenhouse with the infected plants.    I'll grow them again. 

Earlier in the year the Broad Beans, Aquadulce Claudia which I sowed back in late October, withstood the winter winds with no protection and gave us lots of delicious beans in May when there was nothing else in the garden.  They also provided the bees with lots of nectar in March which is always a good thing.

I will not grow Runner Bean White Emergo again - two sowings rotted - one lot indoors in pots and another sown direct.  Never had that problem before.  I'll go back to Wisley Magic - they've always done well for me in the past.  Don't know why I changed ....... 

I ended up buying the last climbing french bean plants in the GC and planting them up the wigwam ... just beginning to produce now.  Better late than never I suppose ...

Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:51

Look at the pictures here  

All so different 

Aliens have landed

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 08:35
punkdoc says:

I may be wrong, but my understanding, gleaned I think from the British Ladybird people, is that you should not kill Harlequins, as they are very good at killing a number of pests, and in larger quantities than native ladybirds.

I believe there is also evidence, that the native species is fighting back against the alien.

See original post

 You're not wrong P'doc - best advice from naturalists and the RHS is not to kill Harlequins - they are well established here and we will not be able to wipe them out.  Their appearance varies widely as do the many varieties of UK native ladybirds, and there is a strong likelihood that people may destroy natives by mistake.  

Also, if UK natives do decline in number, we will need the Harlequins otherwise the aphids will take over! 

I don't know if others have noticed this, but over the past few years I've seen UK native ladybirds sunbathing in the garden in the spring whereas the Harlequins don't come out of hibernation until the weather is consistently much warmer - maybe there's a niche for both?  


Posted: 19/08/2016 at 07:19

Good morning all   G'day Pat   I expect you're up now. 

A fine morning here in Norfolk  Rain is due this evening and stormy winds tomorrow. We need the rain but could do without the wind!

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:01

I may well move the canna into the studio if the storm comes here! The bloom is just opening 

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