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Posted: 04/09/2014 at 19:55

I'm really pleased with my tomato crop this year for the first time. Planted 4 plants, two from seed - Maskotka, which have done really well and been cropping for about a month now, one plug plant "Red Alert", also okay and one I lost the label from.

Maskotka was grown outside in pots (although they're in the porch now the nights are colder) Red Alert was in a small greenhouse and the unknown one in a hanging basket, which I won't bother with again - needed too much watering. Red Alert is now finished but the two Maskotka doing fine so I will definitely grow these again and am actually going to enter some into our local Flower Show on Saturday!

Mystery Caterpillar

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 21:21

I've just seen my first Elephant Hawk Moth caterpillar this afternoon. Really startled me as it came out of the soil where I was planting and it was really big! Didn't know what I was looking at to start with. Had 2 big black eyes and a longish kindof snout!

About 2-3 inches long (6 cms). When I googled it, the page says it likes fuchsias so it's probably munching my nice new one right now.

Sorry folks, I didn't think to photo it.

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 20:35

No Salino, I'm not pruning anything off at the moment but I did read this afternoon when I googled "Margaret Merrill" that it flowers from July to October - so watch this space!

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 14:41

Hi Salino, Thanks for posting back.  Unfortunately I don't have a photo of it in flower although it have lovely creamy flowers with a beautiful perfume the 1st couple of years after planting (about 2010/2011 from memory). It was a "freebie" from one of the magazines advertised as a Margaret Merrill but not having seen one anywhere else, I've had nothing to compare it to.
Interesting!   I wonder if it is a climbing sport? Does anybody know the parentage of Margaret Merrill please?

I know the hedge background is not ideal (nor the box hedge in front!) but I have been very careful to feed, mulch and water the 3 roses very well. The other two, Gertrude Jekyll and Winchester Cathedral are doing well, although the WC is also behaving oddly having part reverted back to its parent, the pink Mary Rose so I have white, pink and striped pink & white flowers all on the one bush

What the experts get wrong

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:57

Has anybody else raised the new Cucamelons?  I picked half a dozen over the weekend and got all my visitors on the count of 3 to taste them - greatly relieved when everybody said they really did taste of cucumber and/or melony  (the other name for them is apparently Mexican bitter gerkins!) The vine is going great guns up to the roof of my small leanto greenhouse, they are about the size of a grape and you can eat them straight off the vine just as they are. Ideal for single people perhaps?

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 21:49


Hi Salino,  Sorry for the delay, had loads of visitors. My Margaret Merrill rose as promised. Looks perfectly healthy - not even black spot! apart from some nibbled leaves by tiny green caterpillars. Don't think it's got any suckers and looks perfectly normal apart from its height - now 7ft and no flowers or buds. It has got, though, funny lateral shoots in the corners rather like tomatoes get which I haven't noticed before.

I did prune it a bit hard hard early this year, to about 1-2 ft if I remember to try to control its size as it's always been a bit energetic. Any ideas anyone?

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 03/08/2014 at 10:39

Hi Salino,  I'll try to take photos later today, weather and visitors permitting.

Disease resistant roses

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 12:03

It seems a particularly bad year for blackspot, I've got a mixture of about 15 roses, many of them DA's and most have been affected. This year for the first time I started spraying with Roseclear early in the season every 2 weeks, but it's not always possible to keep strictly to this routine due to rain, being away etc. and I don't like using too much spray anyway. I do try picking up the dead leaves underneath - not always easy in the middle of a mixed border! and I mulched every rose this year with a thick layer of manure/compost thinking that would do the trick, but not, it seems. I have quite a windy garden in the south west here which you'd think would help.

I've decided just to live with it, although I might try David's suggestions, the roses have been in for 7 years and none have died of it yet, they all flower very well - apart from my Margaret Merrill- which is supposed to be just 3ft tall, mine is reaching 6 ft, lanky with no flowers - don't know why.

Garden and Gardeners World back issues

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 20:44

I keep mine for a year, then either I cut out in-depth articles on plants I have already or would like and file these in folders for easy reference, or I pass them on to friends, the local GP, dentist or our local hospital.Possibly the care homes might also be grateful for back copies for their residents.

You could try putting them on Freecycle to see if anybody will take them away!

Road building anyone?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 21:26

Sorry Joe, got my metric/imperial mixed up, I think it must have been 40ft x 40ft,not metres. As you say, it sounds rather cheap!

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