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family fruit trees

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 13:20

Trouble where you are is the early blossom - but there are other compensations I'm sure.

You don't want to know that my freezer is full of packs of "pears in red wine" then.

ID help

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:47

Don't think it's a pentstemon - mine are flowering right now with much broader leaves.Looks more like that very common veronica that self seeds all over the garden - very pretty if there's nothing else there and easy to evict if it is totally taking over the garden.  It would be green at this time of year, and not in flower.

Agree on forcythia - though the leaves are also quite like willow.

Somebody experienced will know more!

family fruit trees

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:41

My family pear tree is very large.  After one year the two halves started to pull apart but I interwove the  lowest branch from each variety which formed a natural tie-bar.  It took about three years to fruit well (conference on one half, doyenne du comice on the other) and is now (after 30 years) very proliffic.  Remember that pears flower early in the season, sometimes before there are enough bees around, and sometimes the blossom falls victim to late frosts and strong winds, but that said the fruit is far better than anything you can buy.

The other thing to be aware of is that wasps love the ripe fruit so you need to take care when picking.  Nothing worse than having a heaving mass of wasps, which have burrowed into a pear, in your hand.

purple wheelbarrow - any good?

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 12:30

OK I'm a bit sad, but I really fancy a purple wheelbarrow to replace my ancient one which is collapsing.  My OH got one from Wyevale, but had to return it as the joints were already rusted.  Does anyone have experience of these barrows - the polypropylene tray makes them very lightweight (ideal at my age) but I need something that won't tip over and will last me out.  Any suggestions?   Thanks.

Camassia bulbs & Allium bulbs

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 19:00

I don't know about camassias, but alliums come in all shapes and sizes.  I plant them in ordinary garden soil, or if they have to be in a pot a multipurpose compost.  More importantly will be planting at the correct depth - the taler ones (like Christophii and Globemaster ) need to be quite deep, whilst the tiny ones like Roseum mustn't be too deep.  I expect you will get instructions when the bulbs arrive. Feeding, as for most bulbs, is after flowering.  I use tomato fertiliser if I have run out of home-made comfrey manure.  Multipurpose is not ideal though and adding some proper soil will greatly improve things.

Can anyone recognise this lovely plant?

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 18:50

I take it it didn't flower this year.  Peaonies are notorious for sulking when moved and often won't flower the first year until they are happily settled in.  I cut off the dead foliage in winter and cover the top with a deep mulch of compost for protection and they seem to appreciate that. Also don't plant in deep shade.  Good luck with it - it should prove stunning.

Name that poo!!

Posted: 27/10/2016 at 18:37

definitely not woodpecker deposits which look like cigarette ash

where to get pink gaura seeds

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:33

Thank you both for your helpful replies.  I spend time in my gardens in both England and France and had hoped to be able to raise a batch of plants from seed whilst in England (where I have better facilities) ready to take over and plant out in France.  That price though looks to be amazingly good value - I'll have to search it out.  Thank you.

where to get pink gaura seeds

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 07:37

I would like to grow gaura from seed, particularly the various pink and darker shades, but the seed catalogues seem fixated on the white variety.  Does anyone know if it is possible to get seed of the pink ones, or will I just have to buy them as plants.  My existing plant has died in the summer heatwave ion France.

which is the best fertiliser

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:11

I've always relied on comfrey liquid.  Beg a plant or two of comfrey  from friends and get a patch growing.  When it is growing well each spring cut it down and allow the leaves to decompose in a bucket of water. You will need to cover it and keep it well away from the house.  As soon as it smells like pig manure strain the liquid into bottles to use as a liquid  fertiliser which you will need to dilute before use.  The slurry goes into the compost bin and does a great job there.  Once your comfrey patch is established it can be "harvested"  2 or 3 times a year. 

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