John Harding


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Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 08:52

A couple of pics from the RHS flower tent at NEC yesterday


 


 

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 08:43
Birdy13 wrote (see)

John H and Salino mentioned James Grieve apple earlier. I've got a James Grieve that's been doing well since planting about 4 years ago. Mine has produced fine apples each year except that most of them, when you cut through, have brown flecks throughout the otherwise perfect flesh.

I'm not sure what this is, so I looked through an old Readers' Digest gardening book. The nearest condition I could identify it to was called ''bitterpit"

Is it likely to be "bitterpit"? I'm not convinced because they don't actually taste bitter, but the appearance is offputting.

Does anyone know whether there is any other condition with this description. 

Also what is the remedy?

Hi Birdie, Went to GW Live at NEC yesterday and put your question to Mathew Biggs and Anne Swithinbank. Their immediate answer was bitterpit as you say. Apparently this condition is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. Matthew says he has used James Grieve apples to make Cider - works well he says so if the condition persists there's one way you could make use of the apples  John H

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 08:25

I discussed using ladybirds at one of the stands at Gardeners World Live yesterday and was advised that ladybirds as a means of biological control are usually intended for greenhouse use where they are kept in the environment. I did notice however the stand had fine mesh netted frames housing butterflies and other exotic insects. To be fair the stand was not advertising biological controls but was more concerned with the butterflies etc. They weren't selling the tented/netted frame either - they bought those for their show stand from a pet shop specialising in reptiles.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:01

 

jackthecat wrote (see)

how much are ladybirds? 

what stops them flying away?? 

If you were hungry and were dumped in a Michelin star restaurant would you want to leave?

Seriously though, the same thought has occurred to me: maybe some form of tented area with polythene around the plant might help. Sparrows & bluetits keep coming back for more in my garden. It's amazing just how keen a bird's eyesight is over us poor humans!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:51

Try again, lower file size.

 

 



 

  I can't take any credit for growing these: I took the pictures at Thrieve Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway. John H

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:45

 


 I can't take any credit for growing these: I took the pictures at Thrieve Gardens, Dumfries & Galloway. John H

I note they don't enlarge when I click on them so I guess the file sizes are at about the limit.

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 10/06/2013 at 17:07

On the A4174 Bristol Ring Road approaching Keysham there is about a 1/2 mile carpet of Cowslips covering the verge in the Spring. Looks wonderful when they're out, though they're over now. At present there seem to be plenty of Coltsfoot and Buttercups around - still looks good!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 22:44

Wow! Mrs G what a brilliant set of pics. Thanks for sharing them with us. John H

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 13:05

And me just started to diet yesterday! - gutted!

Pics of wild flower verges along roads

Posted: 09/06/2013 at 08:45

Hi nutctlet, thanks for pointing out the million dollar highway can be seen on youtube, brought back a few memories. We also did the steam train ride from Durango to Silvertown which is also on youtube so I watched that again. Fantastic ride up through the mountains.

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