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Posted: 21/08/2015 at 10:36
Wow - that swimming tube looks absolutely fabulous - it would be like levitating over London. Will definitely be one for the bucket list if gets built.
However, slightly too much information about how the 2 supporting buildings are built on different types of foundation so move in different ways with the wind.....
Still have to do it though!

Warm, dry and breezy here. Time to overhaul the veg beds & pick the last of the peas. Herbs, chard & courgettes still doing very well, carrots OK (bit small), tomatoes ripening at last, salad crops a bit of a disaster after a good early season. Every last beetroot has been munched by voles...

Hope you all have a good day. Tomorrow looks like it's gonna be a hot one here in the east / south east so will try to get jobs done today so can enjoy ligging around tomorrow


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 18:13

Thanks Chicky 

Might have a weekend in the smoke before too long and that sounds like a different way to do the sights if the weather is OK. Off to have a look online now.


Posted: 20/08/2015 at 17:44

RUNNY - what are you loike gal ??? 

PANDA - you can borrow my magic kit if you think it will bring you luck tonight. (They have been washed)

Congrats to all with offspring etc with good exam results & commiserations if any of you are picking up the pieces.

Bike ride sounds great Chicky - very much my cup of tea if you get time to stop and look at what you're passing. Is it all on 'safe' roads or tracks? - hate cycling in traffic

Gardeners world last Friday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 14:34

I think that must just be your GC Lily P.

This product was only introduced at the beginning of the year & is widely available here. 

PM for you. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:42

Happy, happy birthday Panda - enjoy lunch and hope you win the jackpot tonight 

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 10:11
It's the first in that list - Fungus Fighter concentrate. The label says it is for the control of box blight rather than the eradication but, to be honest, I can live with a little bit..

I think it's important to feed them to give them the strength to withstand the disease. I have also been careful to only tend them in dry weather (not easy in Scotland this year I know!). Do you have to trim them this year? I have not done mine as I didn't want to make any wounds for reinfection.

Good luck Lily P - I think all is not yet lost!

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:45

Just questioning my posting above - now not sure which of the first 2 products I used. It was the concentrate made up exactly as per the instructions. Will go & check for you in a minute. 

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Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:41

Lilly P - the box in my garden has suffered dreadfully with box blight & last year I was on the point of ripping out the plants (a lot of moneys worth). Every single plant was affected and they looked every bit as bad (if not worse) than Monty's.

This year I decided to give it a final chance. I gave it a good feed just as new growth was starting and and mulched the soil around the plants really well to suppress any spores on the soil surface.

I then sprayed all the box thoroughly using the first product in Chicky's link. I sprayed again about 2 or 3 weeks later. Sprayed again (twice more) 4 - 6 weeks apart. 

The plants look much much better than they have for the last 2 years & have regrown well - although they are a bit misshapen at the moment because dead bits have been cut out.

My plan is to give them a final seaweed feed this week and then leave them alone. If they are OK over winter I will feed them next year and try to avoid the fungal spray - but be prepared to intervene at the first signs if necessary.

There are a few signs of slight discolouration on some of the leaves but at the moment it doesn't look like the normal blight discolouration (fingers crossed).

I would suggest that you don't just start cutting out bits that look dead until you are certain they are. Some of mine regrew from wood that looked kaput. It is, however, maybe worth clearing them a little in the centre if they are very congested

Sorry to all those who don't like using fungal sprays but it is very disheartening to see something which provides fundamental structure to the garden being severely disfigured.


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 19:03

Pictures in my head - again - need to sit down - again 


Posted: 19/08/2015 at 18:27

Cheese for me please 

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