Singing Gardener

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Posted: 14/10/2016 at 14:27

If you're looking for something a bit cheaper then I'd recommend the Greenhouse People. I bought a 6x8 greenhouse from them a couple of years ago and it's been excellent. Mine came with 2 automatic vents and with toughened glass and had really clear assembly instructions. Their after sales service is also very good - there was one small pack of bits missing and they sent it next day delivery when I phoned them up.

Well fed fox

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 18:39

My daughter discovered an unbroken hen's egg buried in the planter outside her front door!

Rosemary beetle

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 14:37

My daughter has a herb bed with rosemary, sage and lavender in close proximity. The rosemary beetles do eat the sage but prefer the lavender. They don't seem interested in the rosemary! She does pick them off when they get excessive but hasn't had too much damage so far.

......the good guys

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 11:03

For the record, I've just received a parcel of bulbs from J Parkers. They were in unpadded bags in a small cardboard box with crumpled paper to fill the empty space at the top. They all arrived in very good condition. Now I just need to wait until there's enough rain to soften my clay soil so that I can get a trowel or bulb planter in deep enough to actually plant them!

WIN or not as the case may be

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 18:09

I've never experienced this but just had a play and if I do put in a number as part of either field then both fields give the error message. Then if I delete the number it still complains whatever I do. I can get rid of it by doing a refresh though so it might be worth trying that?


Posted: 09/09/2016 at 12:45

Exactly - if you pruned everything back over the winter then any summer fruiting ones shouldn't have fruited this year. But you said you pruned them in early autumn so perhaps they grew some canes before winter set in which would then count as 2nd year canes?

I only have autumn fruiting varieties but I let half of them "double crop" which means that I don't cut them down over the winter so they fruit in July on the old canes and then in autumn on the new canes. The half that I did cut down have been fruiting for a few weeks now but certainly not as early as June so I'm a bit at a loss about that, I'm afraid!


Posted: 09/09/2016 at 12:24

If they've produced fruit on this year's growth then they must be autumn fruiting varieties. Summer fruiting varieties produce fruit on last year's canes but not on this year's canes. Autumn fruiting varieties will fruit on last years canes if left unpruned and will also fruit on this year's canes.

If you left some canes unpruned (or pruned the ones you thought were summer ones early enough that they produced more canes last year?) and they were fruiting on these second year canes then they could be either summer or autumn fruiting.

Which is your favourite month in your garden?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 11:41

March for me as well. The garden looks neat and ready for action so every year optimism triumphs over experience and I confidently expect that the garden will be exactly as I want it in the months ahead!

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 10:15

I've just google Blue Diamond garden centres to find the one in Essex and discovered that the independent garden centre I enthused about earlier in the thread was taken over by Blue Diamond in May! I haven't noticed any major changes yet but will be interested to see what develops.

What's happening to my cyclamen?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 10:56

I've had this cyclamen for about 15 years and this is how it always looks at this time of year. I'm reasonably confident it will be back in flower for Christmas (although each year I look at it at this stage and think that it must be dead!)

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