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Posted: 04/08/2014 at 07:39

Good morning all 

It was bright earlier but overcast now - however forecast is good so I shall ignore clouds 

Yvie, hope you get your arm sorted - hate things that stop me doing things! 

Hope all goes well at the salt mines folks 

Rotting courgettes

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 07:35

The immature courgette is behind the female flower - if you have the immature courgette there must have been a flower, but it sounds as if they're not being pollinated - it's often this way when the plant is young - it should start to improve soon ......... fingers crossed 

GWF Day Out: The Beth Chatto Gardens, Colchester: Sunday 10 Aug

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 07:30

Oooh!  I was just thinking about this - getting excited now 

Let's Remember Them

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 07:28

I shall be thinking of the grandfather and uncle I never knew - they returned but so damaged mentally and physically.

I shall also be reflecting, as I frequently do these days, on why countries are so rarely led by people who understand how to live peaceably. 


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:11

Fg  I shall tell my friend.

Now I shall settle down and watch Deacon Blue in Glasgow - I met some of them once as they sang at the wedding of friends in Gourock.  Long time ago now....

See you in the morning folks - sweet dreams 

A few random questions...

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 21:06

I'll deal with the rhubarb   Just leave it to die down - in the autumn all the nutritional content of the leaves will travel back down the stems into the roots and crown to be stored as energy ready to grow next year  

Mulch around the crown (not over it) with well rotted farmyard manure - that'll feed the crown too.


Elephant Hawk Moth

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:53

Lovely - thanks for sharing 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:47

Can't see it very clearly but it could possibly be Woolly  aphids

or maybe Hydrangea scale 

Have a look at the links and see what you think 

passion flower dying

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:32

If it's grown like wildfire it's probably very thirsty as it's roots won't have developed enough to take up sufficient water to cope with the heat we've been having - plants lose a lot of water by transpiration in the hot weather.

 I'd give it a good soaking - two  buckets full now and another bucket full tomorrow evening.  Then a bucket full every other evening until the hot dry weather is over.  

I think it will survive; you may lose some of the new growth, but it'll grow plenty more next year and it's roots will be more able to cope. 

A little bit of leaf nibbling shouldn't be a problem - passion flowers are pretty tough when they get going. 


Posted: 03/08/2014 at 19:24

That's the one Fg - and she still gets to go back to stay each year - she says she hasn't got room for me in her suitcase.......... and she calls herself a friend 

She's not at all intimidating to cook for  A group of us from a Foodie Forum meet up every year for a East Anglian picnic - although she lives across the other side of the country she and her late husband were married at Norwich Cathedral, so she comes to us for a few days before the picnic to visit much loved haunts around the Broads.

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