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no plums

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:34

I have exactly the same problem with an apple tree bought last year and which produced a crop for me.   It has blossomed this year, but no apples are developing.    I saw an apple grower interviewed on the TV News, and he said it is a disastrous year for fruit.     Long established apple trees that he usually gets about 500 apples from will only be bearing about 50 apples each this year.    All down to the spring we had, according to him.    The wrong weather when the blossom was out meant a lot of it was destroyed, and not enough pollinating insects at that time either.   

Now I am sure some gardeners will add to this thread that they are having a bumper crop of apples and plums! 

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:27

They look great, and also a great suggestion.

perrenial foxgloves?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 10:03

I bought a foxglove in flower from a garden centre two years ago.    It was sold as a perennial, but didn't survive after the flowering finished.    This always makes me cross, as I feel I have been ripped off.     However, I am pleased to say that this year I have some seedlings that came from it, which almost make up for it.     Of course, if I had bought a packet of seeds it would have been a lot cheaper! 

Greenhouse or poly tunnel

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:56

I have a greenhouse, and I would always recommend that anyone buying one pays the extra for safety glass.    I have a hedgerow behind my garden and I tend to lob the odd stone or half-brick I come across over the back fence.    Once, I didn't let go soon enough and the stone went straight at the greenhouse.    I expected the glass to smash,but the stone just bounced off!    I was so surprised!   It was certainly worth the extra money, although it seemed a lot at the time.    I imagine it is the same glass that is used in patio doors, etc.   

How do you dead-head roses?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:49

I agree with Paul, and most gardeners don't prune low enough.    I was told the best rose pruner is a generous lady!      She cuts enough stem off to go in a  vase.   I used to just pull the flower head off, but doesn't that look awful.    All those chopped off stems sticking up!

What to plant around vegetablble patch?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:45

We always plant a border of marigolds right round our vegetable plot.    We didn't use to but we were plagued with black fly.    Now we don't get any.     We always plant the single pot marigold, which comes in yellow and orange.     We get a lot of bees and other pollinating insects attracted to them, and the veggie plot looks pretty too.

Can you help me ID this flowering plant?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:41

Just leave the seed heads on and you will have lots of them!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:31

Great!   We need to nuture an interest in gardening in children.    I always wish it had been done wih me, although I did watch my Dad - just wasn't allowed to touch anything.   I'm a pensioner now, but if I had my time over again, I would try for horticultural college!

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:21

Oh, goodness me.     Still, life is one big learning curve, for you and your daughter!   I hope you were able to laugh about it later (after the tears).

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 06:01

Yes, I shall be trying the autumn plus spring sowing starting in October.    I am still waiting for a sign of flowers on mine this year.    Mind you, a little sun might encourage them but that is beyond any gardener's control!

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