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Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 16:20

I was trying to be even handed Verdun..........I wouldn't let mine out of it's pot for love or money

In a nearby village these trees were planted along both sides of the road.  Gorgeous show in Spring and Autumn.  One side has been completely dug up due to the construction of a new bypass.  I'm waiting to see if they manage to regenerate

Turnips and swedes

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 16:12

Could be that you have over fed them perhaps ?

I don't know about Swedes but some Turnip varieties are bred to produce small roots rather than large.

I've just harvested some turnips.....roots are just less than tennis ball size but it is obvious with one or two of them that to leave any longer will result in them becoming woody and tasteless.

Check your variety and be careful how/what you feed.

Where to buy in Wiltshire

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 15:39 could be that the poor old Sumach gets a bad press as a garden tree.

It can be a real pain in the wrong location....i.e. most gardens.  The biggest problem comes when they are pruned, cut down or whatever as the continual suckers are a real nightmare.

Do you know anyone who has this tree ?  If you do and can find some suckers, whip one off.  They don't take that long to grow to enough of a size to give you that graceful shape and wonderful Autumn colour.

I grow one in a large pot having gone thru the trauma of removing one which was in totally the wrong place.  You may like to do the same to save yourself the angst in future years.

Kohl rabi

Posted: 17/11/2015 at 13:47

You could either cook it or play with it

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:26

I have some Agapanthus seeds ( blue ) if anyone would like.


Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:25

As Bilje says, you can certainly grow a plant from a pip and it will probably flower if you can hang on that long.  An edible fruit from it ?  I think you would be lucky.

Far better if you know anyone who has a good Lemon tree to take a cutting......they strike quite easily with a bit of bottom heat

stormy weather

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:19


I think

They assume

We all speak

Like that

Is it just me or do "modern" presenters talk more quickly these days ?

It takes


A sentence or two

To catch up sometimes

Where is Autumn?

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 16:12

Verdun.....that looks pretty good

My local Agricultural College has a beautifully planted road side bank using this grass interplanted with Sedum spectabile and Verbena bonariensis.  I always think it looks wonderful.

Autumn here too.........plenty of leaf colour ( tho mostly on the  ground now after the horrendous wind ).  Set to turn colder by the end of the week so I've picked my last few bunches of Grapes....delicious

Aloe vera problem

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 15:59

Alex......if it is any consolation, my large A. Veras have been sitting out in the garden all summer.  They have been thoroughly rained on, been raided for first aid purposes, are overflowing their pots and, truth be told, neglected to the nth degree.

Having moved one of them into the G/H a couple of weeks ago, it is now throwing up a flower is several years since that last happened

Can anyone id this cactus

Posted: 16/11/2015 at 09:58 you I think the H. versicolor is the better bet

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