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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 07:04
Busy Bee2 wrote (see)

Mike, do you remember 'Fred Loaves, Bill Sowerbutts and Professor Alan Gemmell of Keele University'? - this intro to Gardeners' Question Time is hard-wired into my memory, as is Alastair Cooke's Letter from America.  I think children are short-changed by 24 hour children's t.v. because having nothing better to do than listen to what your parents were listening to, was unintentionally very educational!

Absolutely - as someone who gained my degrees as a mature student, for many years I firmly maintained that I'd received my education from Radio 4. 

Quick question re; Gladioli corms

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 07:00

The only silly question is the one you don't ask.

They'll be fine 

what is this?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 06:59

Euphorbia lathyris aka Caper spurge or Mole Plant.  It can be a striking plant , but if you're going to remove it please read my post here as the sap can cause problems

Please can anyone identify this plant for me?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 06:55

No real need - believe it or not chickens are pretty good at leaving stuff alone if it's bad for them - but if you don't want it then remove it, taking the precautions I described, otherwise it'll seed and pop up all over the place. 


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 06:53

Good morning all  Brilliant sunny morning here in Norfolk - temp down to 1.4C overnight - think it'll be lower tonight according to the forecast but they're only saying 0C, so I've probably panicked a bit by fleecing the fig, but the baby figs have started to swell and I'm looking forward to sitting out there and picking warm figs for breakfast again, so I don't want to risk them. 

Talking of figs, have we heard from Alan 4711 lately?  Wondering whether he's busy with sowing seeds etc, or whether his spinal problem is preventing that sort of activity - think he's hoping they're going to operate soon.  Rotten thing for that to happen just as he moved house! 

Rose cuttings - leaves turning yellow - HELP?

Posted: 23/03/2014 at 06:43

Catie, yes your roses will be similar to the parent plant.  

Here's some useful information about how and why plants are grafted by commercial producers . 

Rose cuttings - leaves turning yellow - HELP?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 19:19

I would pot it into some fresh compost - I would use John Innes loam based No 2, but you could use a good quality Multi-purpose compost.  Then I would start putting it outside in a warm sheltered spot during the day and bringing it in at night, to get the plant acclimatised and the leaves toughened up - then when we're free from the risk of frosts at night you can leave it outside.  

In the autumn, when we start getting frosts again I'd put it into a cold greenhouse or conservatory, or if you don't have those then bring it indoors onto the lightest windowsill you have.  Most roses are winter hardy, but yours may be slightly more tender so a little winter protection won't do it any harm. 

Tulips - some white & slightly distorted foliage

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:59

Daffodils will increase in number and naturalise - the cool damp English climate suits them - tulips tend to deteriorate over a few years as they need hot dry summers to bake their bulbs.  I grow most of my tulip in pots and replace them every couple of years. 

any thoughts for long thin stretch next to driveway?

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:50

I think if you're going to have a line of those narrow cypress or junipers, then that's all you should have - it would look really stylish and elegant - less is more.  

Hummingbird Hawk Moth

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:23

DWBs only do their tapping (to attract a mate) in the spring, usually April/May - would that tally with yours?

We always reckoned that DWB was much better to have in a building than woodworm - woodworm spreads much much quicker!

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