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Posted: 23/06/2014 at 19:34


Flaming hot yet again... Felt hottest today 

Dahlias flowering or coming into child any day now.  Hope I'll like it   New to me

Andy Murray to win Wimbledon, England to win the cricket and England to win the World Cup.............

Trying to cool down with ice cold lager.

Old friend turned up I know why I didn't keep in touch with him 

I want to gag!!

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 19:38

Tootles,  it's why I don't brew this stuff.  

A guy I know has ths stuff on his plot.......over ripe!  (nobody ever visits him or wants his produce )

What happens when I'm at work!

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 19:34

Nothing I can really say but so sorry for you Ryan.  I know how  I feel if just one plant is damaged.  

I think setbacks can make a person stronger........    But, don't kill anyone just yet!

Astrantia Roma

Posted: 22/06/2014 at 10:13

Morning Jim

Interesting this.

I divided Roma last autumn and planted two pieces in different locations.  One is sparsely flowering as normal but the other is exactly as your pale, almost white in places, is.  This is in almost total shade, tucked in where quite moist too.  I quite like the 2 variations if they stay that way 

So, I think two's a young plant and therefore settling down or it's in a very shady spot .........?

i'm new here...

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 07:53

Welcome Irish gardener.

My proposed book

Posted: 21/06/2014 at 07:52

Go for it Mike 

Norwegian Flax flowering for the first time

Posted: 20/06/2014 at 15:35

Phormiums flower, actually, quite commonly.  I have 4 or so varieties in flower now.  And they do so on quite small plants, according to their whim.

They are easy plants. Can be divided in spring....and those flower spikes do not need staking.  


Conference Pear on North Cornwall Coast anyone?

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 23:56

Hiya dannyson

Cornish boy too.  North Cornish coast buf far west. 

I grow espalier and cordon pears and get a reasonable crop......a dry wall where I do not water much so not greatest pears in the world.   However, I also planted an orchard for a friend of mine and she does not get huge crops. Like you she had lots of blossom but very little fruit but she is exposed

I used to get excellent crops....I mulched, fed and watered well but I have neglected  them a little these past 2 years.  So, I will target my pears this autumn.  

I prune in early August........this encourages fruit formation on short spurs.....

You need at least 2 other varieties dannyson to pollinate Conference well....even tho it's claimed to be self fertile.  Wind is a problem......not for me as I'm well sheltered here ......and salt winds too.  

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 20:01

I know, but it is a sudden thing.  I grow the odd pansy occasiomally but never any number together.  I think violas are resistant......not certain though....but still would not grow a bed of them. 

Pansies all wilting :-(

Posted: 19/06/2014 at 19:33

A few years ago I came across a disease called pansy sickness. I grew a bed of them and they suddenly, one by one, wilted and died. 

I think you have the same thing as007.  No cure I'm afraid. And don't grow pansies there again.  sorry. 

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