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'Hardy Nasturtium'

Posted: 08/01/2017 at 13:07

How hardy are nasturtiums? I have an Empress of India who is growing in a exposed window box by the entrance to my flat which is hellbent on surviving this winter. All the other ones have succumbed to the frost we had in the beginning of December here in Bristol but this one is doing rather well. If it survives into spring and sets seeds I will collect them to see if it is a hardyish strain (unlikely but one can but hope)

family fruit trees

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 09:51

Thank you. They currently live in Stroud From memory I think he tends to eat apples in the office so apples would be fine.

The reason I was thinking of cherries was that they are more of an expensive fruit but the vision of Miss Haversham in the garden is not a good one so I think I will suggest we get a nice apple one.

family fruit trees

Posted: 02/11/2016 at 09:33

A colleague of mine is getting married at the end of the month and we are thinking of getting him a family fruit tree as he is a keen gardener. However I am not sure what would be the fruit to get. Was thinking of an apple one but have seen that you can get cherry ones and is tempted to recommend that we get him such a one. What are peoples experience of these trees and what is the best kind of root stock to buy them on? I think a dwarfing one would be good as they might move in the near future. 

Any recommendations on verities and suppliers would be very welcome.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 10:36

Sadly I have only one but God it smells lovely.

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:24

Oh. I might try that!

lemon grass

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:59

I have one I propagated from a supermarket bunch was thinking of leaving in the garden as I have quite a sheltered Bristol Garden but it sounds like I should bring it indoors. Should I let it dry out and die down or just keep it going with a little water when it drys out?

Cooking Japanese quinces

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 15:48

My Japanese Quince (Crimson and Gold) has produced two fruits (One has fallen off). What can I do with it. Dont think it is fully ripe as it is greenish/yellowy (photo made it look much greener)


Burying courgettes to their seedling leaves

Posted: 15/05/2016 at 15:27

I'm getting quite confused over this. Is this something you only do to tomatoes or does it also apply to courgettes and their relatives. Have some that needs potting up and was thinking of trying this.

how much can a fritillaria imperialis take?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 15:09
Ps stuck a plastic bottle over it as a pathetic protection...

how much can a fritillaria imperialis take?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 15:07
My 4 year old Fritillaria imperialis has this year been totally stripped of every leaf and flower and looks like a massacred green stalk. Is this the end for it? Done well in my garden for several years and never been eaten like this. Is it sluggs or lilly beetles?

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Crown imperial is eaten by something

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'Hardy Nasturtium'

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Cooking Japanese quinces

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Burying courgettes to their seedling leaves

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how much can a fritillaria imperialis take?

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Propagators, is it worth it?

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