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Posted: 17/07/2015 at 16:51

Sorry yviestevie

didnt see your question.

dont grow Acanthus but they do grow well down here.

friend does too...quite a clump or two.

how long ago did you plant it?  You may be being a little impatient.

As I understand it,,they can be fickle.  They form a tap root....I think; I will need fo check on that........and they flower well one summer and in another not. dont think they flower well until they are established, i.e. putting that tap root down.  

I have never grown it but it does look impressive as a large clump so maybe I will look to  plant it somewhere but it does need space.

lovely day.  Not long in. ,suddenly looked like rain so rushed around cutting grass and just beat a shower......yippee! I won 


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 12:25

Lovely day.

plant parcel arrived...kniphofias!  it's true .  Perfecf condition with flowers intact.  Potted up...another contribution to my planned new border in autumn

Picked a few runner beans yesterday and that's always a feeling of summer. 


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:28

Not a coffee drinker Dove. Tea though please 

Carrot query

Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:27

No, jason.  Pull carrots before they flower.  Just check you have edible size by pulling one

GWRS,  sorry missed your question.  When grown I did with those "crowbar" carrots ...large carrots have good taste and quality. 

Generally,,the tastiest carrots though are small to medium....picked as,they mature during the summer.  Delightful as little fingers and delicious now as 3" or so.  I grow summer carrots only


Posted: 17/07/2015 at 07:20

Hello forkers

quiet dry bright morning.........looking to be a good day.  Less humid. 



Talkback: Eight reasons to prune in summer

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 23:26

If this remains a question.

prune in summer to prolong and re energise perennial flowering in late summer and to keep certain perennials sturdy.

to promote fruit formation and reduce growth by late summer pruning in apples, pears, etc 

to control size of shrubs by pruning after flowering and to promote flower formation for the following year.

to encourage air flow in fruit bushes like gooseberries

Rhodedendrums and azaleas,and camelia

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:09

Camelias are better for being regularly spring.......keeps them bushy.

for me rhodos and azaleas are best not pruned But if overgrown they will recover.  


Posted: 16/07/2015 at 22:04

Spring pruning 1384.  Not now unless flowering has ceased. ,you could cut stems back slightly

Strong winds forecast

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:59

Not here I think Perki.  Bit beeezy and damp,out there right now but that's all.  The high winds are supposed to affect the north.

I think since late spring the weather has been pretty good.  Warm and very little rain.

Blosson end rot on my tomatoes?

Posted: 16/07/2015 at 21:55

Irregular watering is the cause I believe thus connecting with calcium intake.

in growbags,,pots etc., watering is difficult.  whether it has an effect or not a spray or two of skimmed milk in the early days seems to be useful.

re watering I have come to the conclusion that under watering is better than over watering.....less lush foliage and better taste.


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look wot she did to me........

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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