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Romanesco cauliflower

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:37

When the heads start to loosen up in preparation for turning into flowers you will know it's getting too late to eat them. Otherwise it's a glut and it's the time to start offering them to your friends/neighbours/passersby/bank manager etc!

Dead bulbs

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:31

bulbs do die down after they have flowered and then regrow the next spring. the best way to find out if yours are having a rest or just plain dead is to dig up one and have a look (and a sniff). It will be pretty obvious which one it is.

What is this plant?

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:15

Does it have pink flowers that have a strong smell? It might be Indian or Himalayan Balsam. If so it's invasive.

Cherry tree+ lose of fruit and sparse leaves

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 23:01

Did you notice the leaves going yellow before they disappeared. Did they fall off or literally vanish? Did the fruits vanish or fall off? If they vanished I'd be thinking birds.

Mare's Tail

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 22:17

sodium chlorate used to be a bit different in the old days. It used to say in big letters on the pack "DO NOT MIX WITH SUGAR" (as if that idea would ever have crossed your mind normally) This was because it became highly explosive if mixed in said way. Unfortunately I think the IRA worked out the possibilities because it was suddenly taken off the shelves. When it next appeared the message about sugar had gone so I think it has been modified in some way. Plus the packs are now small not catering size as in the old days.

Mare's Tail

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 14:07

When I was young and still full of optimism about life in general and gardening in particular I bought a house with mare's tail in the garden. In those days you could buy sodium chlorate by the bucketful and it was used to keep drives permanently clear of any form of plant life. It killed everything stone dead except the mare's tail. Someone suggested concreting the drive and paving the garden. After months of cutting it, poisoning it and cursing it I did that. Five years later I thought "it must be dead by now" and took up one of the paving slabs. There it was, coiled round like miles of electricity cable, waiting for its chance to grow again.

An old coal miner neighbour told me that they sometimes found the roots 50 feet or more below ground.

You'll control it but you'll never beat it!

apple tree

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 17:07

they are old varieties so maybe not as crispy as modern ones tho not fluffy. And more flavoursome but not as good for keeping as modern ones. They are both dual purpose ( cookers and dessert) so both quite tangy to modern tastes. As far as size of tree goes the Blenheim is a much more vigorous and upright tree even on the same rootstock than the James Grieve which tends to spread sideways rather than grow vertically. J.G. is much easier to harvest but B.O. makes a good shade tree.

Hi folks, can you name these please :)

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:30

sorry, can't open them.

Drainage problem

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:21

could there be a broken water main in the area? your local council should have a map of the drainage and water supply systems. Water is funny stuff and sometimes it emerges in the most peculiar places - not necessarily near the leak.

Etiolated rose

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 23:47

I'm not sure how old "quite old" is but it obviously had enough oomph left to produce one good long shoot. Plus, when it finds out that it's no longer buried inside a laurel bush (hate 'em) it may be jolted into life. Nothing to lose!

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