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Canna virus?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:49

If its a virus there's nothing you can do for it. If you think it might spread to other cannas you will have to burn it. Otherwise I would just let it grow. It may not flower as well as usual. Check for aphids which are common virus carriers.

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:39

Most of my crosses are with Nora Barlow. I get pompoms as well as different colour barlow babies. I have 20 packets of Touchwood doubles(mainly yellow and something else) on the go to give some different colours to the mainly pinks I have on the back and mainly blue/blacks/purples on the front.

This is the last year that the owner of thenational collection (Carrie Thomas) is going to offer seeds from a single plant, so if anyone wants new gorgeous aquilegias, I suggest you get on her website  Touchwood plants (as above) and get the seeds in now.

starting a new 'Patch'

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 12:32

For good value , you can't beat a blackcurrant bush.

Fresh blackcurrants are nigh on impossible to buy.

One bush planted 20 years ago, gives about 7 pounds of fruit a year. A  hardwood cutting taken off it and shoved in a patch of sandy soil gives another 7 Lb a year.

3 hours a year picking, one hour pruning and 10 minutes in spring for a sprinkling of fertiliser.

2 hours to make 14 jars of jam. Enough to keep us going all year and a few to give away.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:26

You could try scattering  raw peanuts somewhere where they won't cause damage, such as a paved area.

Onions bolted!

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:24

I had an email this week, last chance to order plants of kelsae onions.

From  d.t. Brown. Have a look at their website. You may just have time to get a crop in for this year.


Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:22

It's been  Wet here overnight, but now it's sunny. Lots to do, must get started

disappointing aquilegias

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 09:08

If you want to try some exciting varieties from seed,  I can recommend Touchwood aquilegias, the national collection in Wales.

I have a lot of seedlings this year that I  hope will give me good flowering plants next year.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 20:14

My brother the electrician is going tomorrow. He usually has a good supply of those rolls of insulating tape. Strapping Dad to the bed should work.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 19:37

Gaffa tape needed here. there must have been a good gust of wind today, the polytunnel shed all the bricks holding the cover down, ripped off the tapes tying it to the frame, and tried to take off. OH suggests lots of tie wraps and some more bricks.

Strangely, all the plants were in the same position. I expected them to be all over the floor.


Posted: 09/05/2014 at 18:43

Dad has been "helping" the nurses. They are trying to measure water in and out, but he doesn't want the nurses to have to empty the bed bottles, so he has been tootling along the corridor to the loo.

This means he pulls off all the leads for the heart machine, so to keep him on the bed, they have catheterised him. He's not likely to be out before Monday, but things are proceeding.

 I get a day off tomorrow, sister can go instead. and I can do some gardening.

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