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plum tree

Posted: 31/08/2015 at 09:03

my victoria plum tree has no fruit this year despite having lots of blossom .

last year was a poor crop .

but previous 5 years have been plentiful

it was pruned hard 4 years ago , but that didnt affect the following years fruit 

Aeonium 'Zwartkop':- over-wintering.

Posted: 30/11/2014 at 09:42

mine grew long and leggy on a kitchen windowsill.

so it got moved to my unheated greenhouse , when i cut it down to

3" high. I thought it was killed until this summer when it sprouted new 



Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 08:43
I have had such a bad year with this blighter.
So i have decided to strip and empty my borders , rescuing my hellebores and other perenials , and replanting.
On the bright side of things , i have taken trips to some garden centres and got some seasonal bargains to start replanting.
Hope i have more luck next year (the biggest problem is this pest looks very much like new growth on many other emerging spring growth :)


Posted: 19/08/2012 at 20:32

As i was weeding my allotment i noticed alot of black and yellow striped caterpilers.

after some research i found them to be cinnabar moth caterpilers.

the strange thing was they were only eating certain weeds and not my lettuce,cabbage nor beans.weird or not.

I then discovered on google , their food is mainly ragwort.

So they can live happily on my my plot,i will even leave some weeds for them

Just as i was about to put some waste in my compost bin ,there tucked up in a

ball was a hedgehog suckling two tiny babies,so i stood back , looked, but left them alone.

Isnt life just great

Plant Labels

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 14:38

I have cut up old ice cream tubs into 4inch lengths, make ahole with a hole punch,mark with a "sharpie " marker pen and tie onto my plant or canes. this idea works great on my plot. 

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 29/12/2011 at 18:47

Thanks. a good idea, but it will take a lot of covering up.

I might cover a small area with whats to hand

Plants still in flower?

Posted: 28/12/2011 at 15:14

after two months of digging my allotment. the weeds are back with a vengance.

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