Shrinking Violet

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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.


Doesn't it get dark early?!

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 23:41

Slowly fades the Summer sun

Swiftly does the twilight come.

Day by day the air's more chilled -

but harvest means my freezer's filled!


Mellow fruitfulness?  Season of mist?

Oh, no, not yet or I'll be very upset if we don't have an Indian summer

I warned my magnolia....

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:09

Probably flower buds, Berkley.  I have a Magnolia Stellata, and it is full of buds for next year's flowers. 

Incidentally, I have spoken quite firmly to plants in the past:  ranging from the "please flower, pretty please" to the "flower or you're out of here!"  My experience is the harsher you talk to them, the quicker they respond.  (I could be a bit delusional here  but I comfort myself that I'm in good company - after all, what's good enough for Prince Charles . . . . )

Rude but funny.

Posted: 24/08/2014 at 20:00

Well, I cracked up when I read it!  Perhaps I'd shell out for some tickets! 

Help with fuchsias please

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:16

I just put my really difficult thinking cap on and the memory banks are saying "fuchsia gall mite".  I could be wrong - but I have a feeling that's the problem. May be worth a bit of research to see if there's a chemical cure if that's what you'd prefer.  Personally, I always try to deal with a problem without spraying etc - only use the stuff if all else fails! 

Help with fuchsias please

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 22:08

Berkley - I was trying to remember an article that I read some time ago (I think it was the gardening section of the Saturday Telegraph - Helen Yemm's column).  I didn't post about it because my memory is pretty hazy, but I think it's an insect larva that causes the damage to the shoots of the fuchsia.  I suppose a systemic insecticide might be effective, but the advice I recall was to cut out all affected shoots as soon as possible.  Having done it, I can attest to its success.

I think it is an insect specific to fuchsia, and that it is a recent problem -  but I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong.  I'm sure there are better informed posters out there with better memories than mine!

Help with fuchsias please

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 14:43

The same happened to my hardy fuchsia - the one at the front of the house (north-facing) but not the two at the rear (south-facing) which were originally cuttings from the first!

Alina is quite right - cut of all affected shoots and dispose of them (but not on the compost heap) and you will probably find that it will recover in due course.  Mine (at the front of the house) was pretty badly affected at the start of the season, but with prompt and drastic action, is now flowering profusely.

Hope that helps.

OK, who's got it?

Posted: 22/08/2014 at 22:31

I guess I'm lucky enough not to have had stuff go walkabout (hope I'm not tempting fate!)

But the funniest incident in the village was a few years ago..  Some of the "lads" came out of the pub in ummm a bit of a happy state!  Next morning, everyone in the high street found that their hanging baskets had all been swapped around!  No damage - just a bit of a laugh, really.   


Tomato truss broken

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 20:17

Now - come on Fishy!  The very least we expect is an update! So - in due course we expect answers:

Did the toms ripen?  Did you use the banana method   ?  Have you made chutney?   We will need to know . . . .

Tomato truss broken

Posted: 20/08/2014 at 17:05

Herewith Green Tomato Chutney:

3 lb green tomatoes

12 oz onions

6 oz raisins

12 oz cooking apples

2 tbsp. salt

12 oz white sugar

1 1/2 pts spiced vinegar

Wash toms and chop.  Peel onions, chop finely and place in saucepan with enough cold water to cover   Bring to boil, and cook until tender.  Drain well.  Peel core and chop apples finely.

Place prepared fruit & veg in a cooking pan with salt, sugar and vinegar.  Bring to the boil, stirring constantly.  cook, stirring occasionally until thickened.  Pour into hot clean jars and seal.

Alternatively: use part green and part red tomatoes (which I do) and follow this recipe:

6 lb mixture (at least half and half) red and green tomatoes

8 oz onions

1 pt spiced white malt vinegar

2 tsps. paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. salt

12 oz white sugar

Chop toms & onions finely.  Place in pan and cook until thick & pulpy.  Add half the vinegar, paprika, cayenne and salt.  Bring to the boil and simmer uncovered until thickened.  Dissolve the sugar in the remaining vinegar, add to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened.

Pour into hot clean jars and seal.


 Note:  I have adapted this to include finely chopped marrow.courgettes.  As long as you keep the basic (sort of ) weight of veg to other ingredients, it should work well  -  it's quite adaptable!

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