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Growing sweetcorn

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 12:47

If they are in pots, cluster them together and tap the stems.the pollen will then fall onto the female flowers , where the cobs form lower down. You may need to do it a few days running. usually on a dry day ( I wish) the pollen forms a little cloud as you tap it.

Mine are outside but only 18 inches high. they are some way off flowering yet, but are planted in a block matrix pattern.


Posted: 29/06/2016 at 08:25

My mum's cats always preferred sitting on top of the boiler in the kitchen, except in the evenings, if the gas fire was on, Tiger would stretch out on the top of the gas fire. Only occasional smell of singed fur. on a cold day, he was not above biting the dogs tail to shift it from in front of the gas fire.

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 22:32

Marion,I didn't realise you had half an acre. I think you work miracles for your age. You put us 27 year olds to shame.

Not for the faint hearted..............

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 22:24

I had some seeds from the RHS seed distribution, labelled as Rosa filipes.  A lot of trees fell down in the old orchard next door, the owner said I could plant anything, but didn't want me to spend any money as he was 80 at the time, and when he's gone.... it's likely to end up as building land. I raised three seedlings and planted them. two were Rosa filipes type, but the third was obviously a cross and has some genes from something else in.  I took hard wood cuttings off of the different one, and that is what is up the hawthorn tree. The neighbour is 97 this year. Propagating it is becoming urgent. it's minimal maintenance. I just hack bits off that drop too low and threaten me when I go to the compost heap which is under it. It lasts well in a vase too.

Not for the faint hearted..............

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 22:06

I took some hard wood cuttings. I hope they root. Its better than standard Rosa filipes, it flowers a week later and has more flowers to the cluster, and a pink blush to the back of the flower.

Not for the faint hearted..............

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:47

I'll PM you if you have some seeds. Next door lets me put random plants in the old orchard. Its getting a bit like sleeping beautys palace, Nature is taking over (with a little help )

This is the one up the hawthorn tree.

Last edited: 28 June 2016 21:47:50

Bug Hotel

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:28

I saved some pallets for making a bug hotel, but the little sw!!e of a hyperactive grandson of my cousin smashed them up when I had my engagement party. I know how people who went away for the weekend to find their darling sons had a facebook party feel. However, I salvaged some half pallets and made a bug hotel with a hedgehog basement.

New hubby had the temerity to say it looked untidy!!!!

Not mine, this was in the botanic garden in Aarhus Denmark.

Not for the faint hearted..............

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 21:12

Is it good for wildlife?

I'm looking at the rose that I planted in next doors old orchard. Its 40 ft up a cherry tree, but it could do with company.

The hawthorn on the boundary has a clematis montana, a rosa filipesx? and a jasmine up it. You can't actually see much of the hawthorn.

I do have an orange peel clematis (Bill Mackenzie?) through a buddleja x weyerana. I chop both down in spring, and up they come.

Plant identification help please

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 19:23

Similar leaves to wild chicory, but mine is currently much taller.

Salvia Amistad seeds

Posted: 28/06/2016 at 19:13

Glad we are singing from the same sheet

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