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Latest posts by fidgetbones

spring bulbs

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:03

You could always do a bit of Guerilla gardening with any left over.

Pear tree infection

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 13:02

it sounds like Pear rust.

have a look at this.


Plant with blue/purple leaves - What is it?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:14

Looks like Linaria purpurea. Is it attractive to Bees?

The seed pods will have seeds in when brown, easy to sowfor more plants next year.

It is perennial. If you  dead head early in the season, to just below the dead flowers, it will send up a repeat flush, which tend to be a bit straggly, but the bees love them just the same.

 In October, cut it down to a few inches. It will regrow and flower next year.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:09

If you cut it now you won't get flowers next year either. Leave until July next year, or immediately after flowering.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 12:07

For any poor souls not inthe Derby area.

scroll down for pictures of caramel donut and other delectable delights.

 If this delivery doesn't get a wiggle on, there will be none left.

 A caramel donut has real cream in the middle and is dipped in caramel fudge like icing. Just the thing with Friday afternoon coffee.

F1...Good or Bad

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 11:48

You can. Its just that the resulting plant the following year will still be a bean, just not identical to its parent plant.

Easy veggies and fruit

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 11:38

I had 16 lb of blackcurrants this year,(2 bushes, one was a cutting off the first) and made a lot of jars of jam.  Some has been given away. Amazing how many people declare it to be their favourite. Dead easy. Plant, prune once a year, feed, pick, add equal weight of sugar , boil, bottle.  Little beads of sunshine to add to winter porridge.

What is this little plant?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 11:31

Its a lot easier than you think. For instance alba means white. Flore plena means a double flower or flower with plenty of petals. So anything described as flore plena alba will have double white flowers.

 Its the same with describing genus, species, cultivar.

 Understanding that  species within a genus will have a lot of common characteristics, means that it is easier to start identifying things by giving a head start when you know which genus you are looking for.

 Most people can identify a rose. If it is (usually)single and comes true from seed it is a species. The  hybrid teas and most of the roses we grow in a garden are cultivars and will not come true from seed.

Talkback: Top 10 daffodils

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 08:48

I love the doubles, but when they get wet they fall over. The stems aren't strong enough to support the head.

My all time favourite has to be tete a tete. I always have a couple of bowls for the patio. So cheery when they are seen from the living room window in the depths of winter. Last years have just been tipped out of the pots ,they will go in a gap in the garden, and new ones for the pots.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 08:41

Well,now i have to stay in for two deliveries. Yesterdays birdfood, and OH says he is expecting some kit delivered. What time? oh some time Friday. If they both come early I will go to Birds bakers for Caramel donuts and almond macaroons. Big ones not those poncy french macarons that are barely a mouthful.

 If you dont live in Derby area you will never have had a birds caramel donut.  its a local bakery with a small chain of shops, that has survived the march of planet tesco.

Long may they survive.

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