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Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 18:53

Hi everyone.

We set 10 tubers of Vales Emerald as well as Maris Bard just for a change. We normally try to grow a few of the newer varieties to see how they perform. My husband dug a root to see if they were ready, so far so good. Lovely looking potatoes, nice and clean. Then I cooked them as I normally cook potatoes, with some springs of mint, to have with a salad for tea and what a disappointment. They were not nice at all. They broke up in the water, and tasted of absolutely nothing.

The Maris Bard we are growing are fine. Is the weather to blame?Have we left them too long before digging?

Your comments/advice would be appreciated, just pleased  we only planted 10 tubers.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:44

I just about to go out into the garden to sort out one of my borders, when we had a violent thunderstorm, hail stones, wind and torrential rain. The cat dived under the kitchen table and won't come out!  It did say we might have some rain, but really, it's the pits, so it's back to the forum to see what everyone else is up to.I love to read all the news.


Bad service, bad plants beware!

Posted: 18/07/2012 at 15:36

I have ordered from T & M in the past, everything has been OK, but now look out for the best value mail order. ie free postage, or more plant for your money offers. I have ordered from Jersey Plants from time to time. Last year one lot of plugs that I had ordered from them arrived in a terrible state. Who ever had packed them had omitted the inner packaging, and they all arrived in a jumble.(must have been a Friday) However after one phone call I was offered replacement or a gift voucher with no quibbles at all. Everything else I have ordered has been fine. Having said that I only order plug plants ie bedding begonias, violas and busy lizzie's, no large plants.

I try to buy locally, but sometimes you just can't get what you want and have to look on the Internet. I have had some wonderful plants from independent growers on eBay.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 22:57

My VB self seed all over the garden. Every time I go to the garden centre I see them for sale for up to £4. a pot. I must say it makes me feel rather smug I must have several hundred pounds worth! The tallest has reached approx 6ft 6", I have never had such tall healthy plants. I too have given numerous plants away.  I noticed today that next years crop are about 6" tall ready to be transplanted or potted up. Plants for free, you can't beat it.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:35

Just added the addon. Its brilliant. No more annoying fold down adds, who ever thought of them wants locking up! Thanks for the info sotongeoff.

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 17:38

I  assumed that the fruit was now on the tree, still growing and going to be harvested in the Autumn, God and weather permitting!, perhaps I am wrong.  Mine certainly aren't ready. Perhaps Hudson Belle will tell us! We have a reasonable crop of apples coming on.


what is this plant please

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 15:46

I think it is a Phygelius too. It is a South African plant that is treated as a hardy perennial here. It grows about 2-3ft and like a sunny sheltered spot. Cut back to ground level in the spring to encourage new growth. other than that it needs very little attention, just the occasional feed and water in very dry weather, mine flower every year.

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 12:11

Hi again.

Make apple and blackberry jam, or apple chutney. There are plenty of recipes for apples on the internet. Enjoy!!

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 09:30

Hi Hudson Belle.

I wish I lived near to you I would gladly buy a stone or two.They are the most wonderful apple. I have a small tree in the garden but it is a young tree and only just beginning to fruit to any sense. I buy Bramleys when I see them for sale on the roadside, try putting a for sale sign out I am sure you will have no trouble getting rid of them, cook and freeze them for winter, Apple crumble.delicious!.






What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 17:51

All the shrubs and trees are doing well. I think this wet weather will have saved a lot of them. The daylilies, penstemons, hardy geraniums, foxgloves, rambler roses, in fact most of the roses except for 2 climbing roses that are slowly giving up the ghost. I think the last 2 winters were just too much for them.They are looking decidedly sick. I don't know whether to prune them hard and feed, and hope for the best next year or remove them and replant next year. Most of my perennials look good, but the annuals I use for infilling are not in full flower as yet, just the odd bloom. We have had 2 relatively dry days with some sun so perhaps that will encourage them to get a move on.

Vegetables not so good. Potatoes are good, as are broad beans, runner beans, onions and lettuce, but the only carrots we have managed to grow are in a pot, nearly ready to harvest, we haven't any beetroot, sown it 3 times and got nowhere. Soft fruit has cropped well, blackcurrants and gooseberries especially. We are going to sow some winter/spring cabbage to see if that does any good.

You need to be an optimist to garden, just hope for the best tomorrow, it's a new day.

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