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Get if off your chest.

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:28

Good thinking Kef

All my gages have gone!

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 20:05 golden plums are just beginning to ripen now......a heavy crop again this year I think.

I only get the occasional visit from Magpies but do have plenty of Wood Pigeons nearby........I've not known them to bother with the fruit tho.

An interesting problem tho very frustrating for you... 


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 19:46

Fidgetbones ..........."managing expectations".........."escalating the problem.."

I'd think a full bottle was in order and when you've drunk it, a smart rap on the head with the empty bottle should help alleviate your stress  (his head not yours  )


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 18:34


I "think" I said Cultivate ..........but no matter.  Glad you are feeling good anyway

Unknown spiny-leaved plant

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 17:26

With those new photos and description, I think I too would tend to go for a Eucomis of some sort


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 16:11

SGLilly...........hmm........suffice to say the cakes and ice creams didn't seem to work their usual magic on this occasion and bone dry here..........I'll happily swap you even a little drizzle for some of this heat

Bug ID? I think it's a hornet

Posted: 28/07/2014 at 15:38

Thanks Dove and Bamboogie..........I definitely have Emmits then

I can certainly see the connection  between Ants and Holidaymakers but I always understood the West Country referred to them as Grockles  (the tourists rather than the ants ) .


Posted: 28/07/2014 at 14:44

OL..........replying on here as Mike's recent thread has been removed ( thankfully IMHO ).   I was referring to your GC Manager who said " you never stop learning about gardening...."

I thought it an excellent sentiment but became distracted part way thru my post and so it appeared way down and therefore looked rather out of place

The distraction was pretty serious.  I had asked my OH to put just a pinch of Cinammon in the Marrow Zanzibar only to look up and catch him spooning it in with great abandon

So, sorry about that

Poorly oliver tree - advice please!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:28

Outdoors is always better for Olives Jenny........depending where you are in UK they are hardy enough in the ground.  Containerised ones may need their pot protecting in a bad winter but will do well outside for most of the year.

Indoors, the atmosphere is too dry for them and they are more likely to become stressed and susceptible to problems.


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 18:45

Susan......if your Lavender is shrivelled ( not beyond the bounds if in pots and in this weather ), a good watering and shade from full sun for a few days should help them.

They do like sun and well drained but if containerised will always require more care and attention than if planted directly in the ground.

Dry is ok......but there is a limit

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