Joyce Goldenlily

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Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:53

I have a number of varieties of nerine sarniensis, some un-named, just numbers, in pots which have not yet flowered. Most of them are about 12yrs old and a variety of colours. I have kept them in pots until they were bursting out and the bulbs crawling on top of each other as I know they like to be closely packed. They have had their Spring rest and will soon begin to come into leaf and flower. I am unsure of the best compost to use to repot some of them to persuade them to flower. Last year I fed them with potash which seems to have helped so will repeat that this year. I think some of the bulbs could still not have reached flowering size which would explain the lack of flowers and I suppose some of the un-named ones could be shy flowerers. Having waited this long I am not going to give up now but would like a small reward for my patience. None of them are the more common bright pink or white, the colours I have had so far have been vermillion with crystalline gold, purple, salmon striped and white dusted with crystalline sparkle.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 11:37

Thank you.

I have just been to check and the first fruit have begun forming so courgette cake, pie, salad etc. etc. I was amazed last year when a friend said she had never thought of eating them raw. Warm and freshly picked to chew on when working in the garden. What better?

There are no flowers on the melons yet. I know they are not the easiest of fruit to grow as so much depends on the weather but down here in balmy Cornwall I might get one or two. Must go and check the raspberries before the birds wriggle into the fruit cage, looks like a reasonable picking of blueberries as well. Yum.

Butternut Squash

Posted: 26/06/2017 at 08:55

I planted 4 bush courgette plants out just before the recent hot spell. They have got away well and have lots of sterile flowers. Is it best to leave these flowers or pinch them off? No sign of embryo fruit yet. I am waiting in anticipation.

I also planted out 2 melon plants in a cold frame. Slow to move initially but starting to move now, a first for me but looking forward to at least one melon. Same question for melons, should the sterile flowers be removed?

My adventures in my garden 2017 part 2.

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 20:22

Managed to do a miniscule amount of weeding this morning. Sunny but the wind was bitterly cold. Rediscovered the asparagus I started  from seed last year, looks as if I have lost some of the roots and a pot of lily of the valley sent  to me by me sister. Each pip appears to be flowering, to my joy. I also unearthed the Florence fennel I left in over the winter. I put an old shower screen over it for protection. Two of the roots have gone to plant heaven but a third has flourished and has several bulbs on it. The new apple tree has masses of buds on it and the globe artichokes look lovely with their silver foliage.

My newly acquired dog is learning what it is like to live with a garden, he is also learning not to chase my cat! He and I are on a very steep vertical learning curve.

No frogspawn

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:55

I had a lot of frog spawn in my pond earlier. Sadly we had hail and torrential rain which seems to have destroyed it as there is no sign of it now, it almost disappeared overnight so I do not think the taddies had hatched. Fingers crossed there were some survivors. I do have fish in the pond but it was so early the fish had not come out of hibernation when the spawn disappeared. The fish are only just surfacing now, the spawn was laid at least a month ago.

Bay Tree

Posted: 16/04/2017 at 19:26

Bay trees seem to do better in poor soil. If you look at where they grow wild, along coastal paths etc. I killed so many young bay trees with good potting soil. I decided to treat them mean, and success.

Could anyone help me identify this tree?

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:35

It could possibly be a pittosporum. Wait and see if it has flowers later on which would help with identification.

I lost my thyme

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:29

As long  as your Mum managed to leave a few bud tips at the bottom of the remaining stems, it will shoot again. I lost my thyme this winter for different reasons. It was growing in a container  and was several years old but the wet summer and then winter finished it off. Sage do need a trim back each year to keep up their vigour. Like lavender, they can grow leggy, branches split away from the main stems and then die. Perhaps your Mum did your plant a good turn in the long run.

help please !!

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:21

There is always more than one way to skin a cat as the saying goes.

Scrapes in fresh dug soil

Posted: 10/04/2017 at 11:18

Sounds more like a fox looking for worms. A badger would uproot a much bigger area and dig in several places . Rats tend to make a round hole leading into a tunnel and seem to prefer banks to tunnel into.

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