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Blossom less plum

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:30

But the problem appears to be that there's no blossom in the first place. I've jumped into this thread because I have a similar problem. We have a plum tree that's been planted for 4 or 5 years and it still has no blossom. It's a dual-type tree with two varieties - a damson and an greengage - grafted on to the one stem. The greengage part is now over 2 metres tall, and last year had just two tiny flowers, one of which produced a tiny plum that fell off. This year I think I saw one flower but there are now no fruits. The other part of the tree has never had a flower.

I gave the tree some potash feed in the early spring, but to no avail. It looks quite healthy, but won't flower.

more mystery plants to be identified

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:22

Just spotted some more.

K is speedwell

L is a poppy

M is a nasturtium

N looks like another variety of poppy

more mystery plants to be identified

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 17:20

C is London Pride (don't know the botanical name).

E is some kind of spurge (euphorbia), possibly sun spurge.

G is scarlet pimpernel

H looks like a potato in flower

I looks like a cornflower in bud

I think J is allysum

Have I reached the pass mark?

Early blight

Posted: 28/06/2013 at 19:10

I doubt if the blisters are blight. Blight rots the potatoes, and it's early for this to have happened yet. The blisters are probably a bit of scab, which is usually just superficial. If you can scrape or brush the potatoes clean, they'll be fine.

Annoying threads

Posted: 26/06/2013 at 17:48

There's a "Report to Moderator" button at the bottom of this page. I've tried doing that with several kitchen ads. If we all did it, the mods would soon sort it out.

Another weed

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:07

It's quite shallow-rooted and top-heavy so I don't think it would replant easily. If you don't want to get rid of it entirely, leave a small bit, which will probably seed itself and reappear next year.

How many apples to leave

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 15:02

The tree will probably drop some on its own, but you can help it to concentrate its energies on fewer apples by taking out the smaller ones from each cluster.

Another weed

Posted: 24/06/2013 at 14:54

I have some clumps of this in a wild part of the garden. I have pulled most of it out but left a bit where it looks pretty. I'm sure it'll be back next year wahtever I do, but it's easy to pull up and not a real nasty like ground elder or bindweed.

Shallots

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 20:06

I find shallots more satisfying to grow than onions. Instead of one small onion growing into one big onion, you plant one shallot and get a whole bunch of them! And they're never cheap in the shops, unlike onions. I wait until the leaves start to die down, then I loosen the plants up and leave them lying on their sides (only if it's dry, otherwise they get spread out in the mini-greenhouse) until the tops dry and shrivel. Then they're ready to use and to store. I keep some for the next year's crops and use the rest.

acer

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:27

Did you water it in the dry weather a couple of weeks ago? I forgot to water mine and one of them has lost a lot of its leaves. I think I got it watered just in time, but it's going to look a bit sad for the rest of the summer. Its difficult to say whether it's too late to save yours - you'll have to see whether the branches and twigs still seem alive.

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