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Shrinking Violet


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Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 17:31

I ordered lily bulbs on a "special offer" via the Daily Telegraph:  delivery was delayed (and some!) and the actual bulbs were not what was ordered.  I planted them anyway, and overall, the results have been pretty OK (even if some didn't do anything - but it was very late to be planting them!)

I hadn't realised that the DT offer was actually for T & M products:  I have never had good results with seeds etc so wouldn't have bothered if I had known.

On the plus side:  the white lilies were planted in the centre of a large pot.  Around the edge I planted Acidanthera corms.  As the lilies finished flowering, the Acidanthera came into flower (and are still flowering) and it has been a lovely display of white flowers - one which I will repeat.  (btw the corms were from Poundland.  Good value.  Guess how much I paid for about 50 corms???)

 

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 22:24

I'll double check the name of the tomatoes tomorrow when I can get to the GH.  I'm convinced in my own mind (but don't take it that that's anything to go by - memory not what it used to be ) that it's Aikido, and, yes  I also thought of unarmed combat of the oriental variety!!  The plants are good and healthy, and perhaps I have to look over my shoulder from time to time to see that they aren't about to attack me.

 I recall that they were listed predominantly as indoor variety, but I popped a couple of spare plants outdoors in a very sheltered, warm spot, and they've done OKish, but nothing like as heavy a crop as in the GH.

I don't know how to describe a taste, Philippa - they're not as sweet as Gardeners' Delight (which I eat like sweeties) but they do have a good old-fashioned tomato taste, unlike the poor specimens the general public has to put up with in the shops!

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 17:09

Good one, Fishy!  So glad the toms have ripened so well.

With regard to taste, I have to confess that I have never found Moneymaker particularly flavoursome.  On the plus side, they do crop well.  But now you're an established tomato grower, you may want to experiment with some other varieties next year! I've grown Aikido indoors this year (never heard of them before) and I'm impressed with the crop and, more importantly, the flavour, so will be keen to grow them again.

Too many chillis

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 14:23

Stacey - that chilli sauce is awesome!  Made some this morning (lost the will to live skinning the peppers, though so some were just processed very finely) but the taste is, according to OH (with due deference to The Great Escape) Wow!!!

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 22:38

Thanks Philippa.  I'll look into it.  The last time I tried variegated sage it was less hardy, surprisingly, and so I reverted back to the common-or-garden green variety.

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:50

Thanks philippa - I intend to take some cuttings.  The thing is the herb bed is designed to be (1) near the back door for ease of harvesting and (2) well drained in full sun to make best use of the herbs. For example:  Parsley doing well.  Lemon Verbena overwinters without a problem.  Thyme is perky and regularly harvested.  Basil is kept indoors where I've found it to be more reliable.  It's just the sage that is so temperamental!

 

Herbs Yellowing

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 19:11

I have the same problem with sage.  I know it can get woody and aged - but despite cutting out the worst areas and trying to nurture the rest of the plant, it is still going yellow! (and this is the second sage in the herb bed to be affected!).   I think I'll have to give up and put in a new plant - after all, plants do have their own "shelf life"

The marjoram is doing fine, and as advised, is hardy, so it doesn't need to be cossetted.  Basil, though, is pretty tender!

Only popped out for a mat, part 2

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 22:24

Oh, go on then, runnybeak - a little of what you fancy does you (or so the saying goes!).  Pass the stilton please!

Only popped out for a mat, part 2

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:56

I've seen a tiered "cheesecake" on the TV when they were reporting locally on the Bath and West show.  Looks impressive.  But even I, a dedicated cheeseaholic would find it hard to get stuck in to something like that!  And think of the cholesterol!!!

What do i have please?

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 19:51

Keep the tubers somewhere safe and frost free - but make a note of "which way is up"!  It's very easy to plant a tuber upside down when you're looking at a rather unprepossessing brown thing in the spring!

 

Lovely pics btw - certainly look like they will be well worth saving.

 

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