Latest posts by fidgetbones

What is this spiny plant?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 18:41

I have a similar one called blue star.

Blackcurrant to eat off the bush?

Posted: 07/03/2017 at 17:12

I used to jam Blackcurrants, but since hubby was diagnosed as prediabetic, we have both cut our sugar consumption. I no longer make jam, but  I freeze all the blackcurrants, and put a handful in the last couple of minutes of porridge simmering. I think they taste sweeter because our overall consumption of sugar is less.

Raspberry Canes!

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 21:36

I think they will fruit this year. I would leave them now. You may be able to tell what sort they are by the time that they fruit. Early fruiters tend to be floricanes.

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 21:11

I finally got round to sowing my sweet peas today. I have put potatoes in trays to chit. A bit late, but my gardening year has started.

Last week I saw a fox in the garden, around 4pm. Today at 5pm, the fox wandered across by the pond, and came face to face with a cat coming the other way. The cat sat and stared at the fox. The fox did the jumping thing as if it was pouncing on a mouse. The cat stared back. The fox turned round and went back in to the wood.  I think it must be a vixen. They were calling in November, I guess she will have cubs soon.

Raspberry Canes!

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 20:29

Have the canes got the remains of last years fruit on? If so they are autumn fruiters (primocane) and will fruit on the new years canes. Cut down to the floor and let new shoots come up to fruit this year.

If the canes did not fruit last year, then those canes (new last year will fruit this year. You let them fruit and then cut out the fruited canes in Autumn , leaving this years canes to fruit next year. (Floricane)


Posted: 06/03/2017 at 20:23

I leave them until the end of the following year. If they have rooted they will start growing in Spring. If poor growth, they may have few roots, and disturbing may knock them off.  Strong growth would indicate a good root system.

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 20:20

The bed at Middleton house is as colourful as high summer. I had to look close to check they were spring flowers.

Tree lillies going strange

Posted: 06/03/2017 at 20:17

I have tree lilies in the ground. They are not even poking through yet. Ordinary lilies in pots with no protection are growing. I put it down to the mild winter.

Tomato seeds and seedlings

Posted: 05/03/2017 at 17:47

I like Levington Pro M3. You are more likely to get this from a nursery than a garden centre.

Any idea what these are?

Posted: 02/03/2017 at 15:59

Top one is an oriental poppy. Middle one looks like a welsh poppy. The furry leaved thing in the top right hand corner looks like centaurea montana (perennial blue cornflower)

I cant make my mind up about the bottom one. Looks a lot like Astrantia,

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