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Overview of the summer season- How has your's been?

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:42

Crazy cat

I think it has been a brilliant summer.  The best tomato crop and every one ripened.  Great for peaches, blueberries (birds got more than their share but they wont next year) blackcurrants, pears, apples, etc.  Good veg crops.  ornamentals have been excellent too with lots of colour still remaining.  Everything has seemed to bloom early

Chillies were poor....mainly because they were neglected/forgotten.  

Got good tan too so plenty of sunshine.     Ooooooo, someone said it could be because of feasting on tomatoes and carrots 


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 19:34

eh?  Why would anyone overwinter bananas?    they usually last about 3 days for me 

couple of sharp showers this morning but really a beautifully warm and sunny day.  Cut grass. transplanted a few more perennials.  

Haggled a £8 a month discount on new phone contract for my niece.  And she takes on the bill too......yippee!  More money for donuts 

watched Bake Off.  Surprisingly I enjoyed it.  Still don't rate the's all about the taste for me.  Blowed to appearance. 



Posted: 08/10/2015 at 18:33

The second year I lightly trimmed again to help bushyness 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 16:30

Wonderful joke Steve.    Fully deserving a place in this elite thread 

......because it  saw the cowslip 

.....hmmm! In my childlike haste I meant it the other way round.....cow slip?  Butter fly.  


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 16:25

It took 2 or 3 years here Catherine.  

I have a specimen Iveyii and was loathe to lose it.  Cut it hard, next year leaves were sparse and small. Year later back to normal.  

Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 12:10

Language dove.....this is a family forum 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 11:50

How I love loved...the Beano 

Falling leaves-loads of em.

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 11:49

Use them Desthemoaner

leaf blower?  Bag them up, throw on fhe compost heap or, if you have enough planting to stop them blowing around, you can simply use them as a mulch 

irish yew - standishii variant

Posted: 08/10/2015 at 11:43

Must confess I am unsure about the berrying.  I seem to recall trees are either all male or all female.  I get the odd berry now and then but rare.   i grow a few other yew and berries never appear.   I dont think you need worry too much.  I will check it out though.

Yew are very funny plant pauper.     you are almost as good as wot I am on the jokes thread 


Posted: 08/10/2015 at 11:36

Yes KeenOnGreen that's our experience too here.....cutting back to allow the plant to recover

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