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Jim Macd

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Posted: 30/04/2014 at 19:10

How many plants have you got?

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 15:07
Pauline 7 wrote (see)

Thank you. I'm a bit wiser now. They do say you learn something new every day.

Yes, when you have an open mind. Sorry I go blue in the face every day tying to educate people that don't listen. You're obviously not one of those.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:59
Bee witched wrote (see)

Can I just put a plea in for Himalayan Balsam?

This is a superb honey bee plant .... a great late summer nectar source.

I live on a river and the bees actively seek it out .... I can tell when they've been to the balsam as they all come back to the hive covered in white pollen like little white ghosts!

Makes great honey too ... so all in all a smashing plant in my opinion!


To quote ighton NO!.


There are loads of plants that are native and provide nectar and pollen, unfortunately the native ones which support a great deal more than bees are being driven out of existence by it. The bees survived in  Britain for thousands of years without Himalayan Balsam but I'm not sure if you'll be able to say the same thing for all the wildlife that depends on out native flora. It's thinking only of our own needs that got us into this mess. My opinion doesn't matter one jot, only facts and common sense, thankfully.

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 14:53

apple tree

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:09

What variety is it also. I've got trees that finished flowering and ones that are still at green bud stage.


Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:07

Hope you've got room in your freezer! Mine aren't established enough yet to take much. And only Tesco seem to be stocking it near me.

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 30/04/2014 at 11:03

Sorry SN I said your tree probably wasn't on m26 I was confusing m26 with m25, M26 is between M9 and MM106 so ideal for pots and would be okay for an espalier.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 19:00

Yes, the Chelsea Chop is used to both delay flower or spread it if you chop some more than others and to keep the plant shorter at flowering thus preventing lanky plants. 

cordon soft fruits.

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 12:57

I agree wtih John, I wouldn't see the point. Sounds like a lot of work for little return.

Himalayan Balsam

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:13

Yes, gardeners and plant hunters have a lot to answer for!!! Not to mention people who release cute, fury creatures that eat everything in sight and dirve out our natives.

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