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Flowering Rhubarb

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:06

Of course.  Thank you so much.  I'll do that, and see how they are next year.

Flowering Rhubarb

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:31


Flowering Rhubarb

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 07:58

I do keep removing the flower stalks as soon as I see them, and I've stopped harvesting now.  They were lifted from a friend's garden two years ago, so I shouldn't need to separate them again for some time.  Perhaps they're still in the process of settling in, so I'll see how they get on next year.

Flowering Rhubarb

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:08

Well, it's a thorough nuisance, Nutcutlet!  Why doesn't it wait until after harvesting!  Where water is concerned, Pansyface, I know my plants have extremely deep roots (I tried to dig one up last year) and they grow on good clay, so I think there's plenty of water for them down below.  They never seem to wilt, anyway.

So, I'll just accept it as it is, then. Thanks for your replies.

Flowering Rhubarb

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 18:30

Can anyone tell me why my healthy rhubarb has persisted in sending up umpteen flower stalks for the past several months?  No sooner do I remove two, than three more appear.  I know that they are supposed to reduce the plant's vigour if they're left, and in fact now I've harvested most of the large stalks, the new growth is much smaller.  What do you think the plant's telling me?

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 14:25

I forgot to say - the reason I wanted the fig in a bag in the ground, rather than in a pot above ground, was because I'm not very good at remembering to water my plants.  At least in the ground it has a better chance of not drying out.

Talkback: Fig trees

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:50

So, having pruned my fig hard, I can now expect no figs this year!  At least I shall know why, thank you Dove! 

Incidentally, a couple of years ago, I planted my pot-grown fig sapling into the ground, in a special root control bag which I bought from the catalogue of a prominent fruit grower beginning with P (I don't know if I can mention their name here).  The bag restricts the growth, which is just as well, as the fig's planted against a sheltered south-west facing fence,so would romp away given half the chance.  Much easier to dig a hole for a bag, rather than manhandling slabs of concrete, etc.  Generally, the fig fruits well, but possibly not this year!

New Garden!

Posted: 07/02/2014 at 08:16

Do you have to replace the buddleias?  Do you know what colour they are yet?  I think I'd be inclined to prune hard the moment you move in (it's better to prune end Feb/March), let the bees enjoy the flowers this summer, and then make a decision about removal.  It sounds as though you have plenty of space to plant another one elsewhere, if you want to.  Anyway, you'll have enough to do with all the other gardening jobs on top of settling in to your new home, without digging up two budleias as well!  Pruning is easier.

Your excitement about your new garden is almost tangible!  Looking forward to reading more in April.

Tomato plants

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 08:20

I've just come across this thread, and have really enjoyed reading all your comments.  Just before I went off on holiday a couple of weeks ago, I was doing a final hasty weed in the veg patch and noticed some tomato seedlings there.  The seeds must have been in my home-grown compost.  So I left them, and now they're about 20" (50cm) high, with one truss of flowers on each of them.  All by themselves!  I haven't bothered watering them, even though they're in a hot south-facing garden, because they look absolutely fine and healthy, but I have noticed that if the hose does catch them they immediately keel over at soil level, so whoever advised planting them deep - thank you.  I'll  'earth them up' this morning to make the stems stronger.

Feeding blackbirds

Posted: 14/01/2013 at 07:50

Thank you all so much for your responses.  I know the pigeons need to eat too, Heliotrope, but they do seem to hoover up anything and everything.  Perhaps the most helpful suggestion comes from Flower Lady - I wonder where you got your food tray?  And I had to laugh at Nutcutlet's idea; I must admit that those fat breasts look mouthwatering!

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