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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.


Posted: 27/09/2013 at 06:39

Cream cakes or caramel donuts for Friday afternoon teabreak after all the work is done, or the site fixed.

Where would i get one of these

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 06:24

It looks like the fork I tried to dig up a big rock with. Lol.

Talkback: Red kites

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 06:17

I often see buzzards,wheeling around , riding the thermals. But it is the mewing sound that attracts attention first.

Pruning probs

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 06:12

RHS suggest prune clianthus by a third, after flowering. Also grow in greenhouse as  only half hardy.

I agree with verdun, Cystus don't like pruning. Take cuttings and replace when they outgrow the space.

Talkback: How to look after roses in autumn

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 06:02

I think with new  rose plants, if they have finished flowering,then taking off some of the top growth in autumn will reduce wind rock in winter storms. However if you hard prune down now, you run the risk of fresh new growth being damaged by frosts.I would do the hard prune down in March, and give a feed at the same time. I treat buddlejas the same.

Discussions started by fidgetbones

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Is this an escaped pet (or a boas dinner) or a natural occurring albino? 
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Snakes in the kitchen? NOOOOOOOO!!!!! 
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Photos of fasciated flowers/stems/seed pods. 
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Bug identification please.

black and yellow body, yellow legs, black antennae 
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