Should have had a few bunches by now, but they are really suffering with bud drop. Some stems that are forming are so weak you can snap them off. And those that are of a reasonable thickness, the buds are useless Think we need a bit of sunshine.
Oh dear Scrumpy. I am sure you must be right. I have never experienced this, but light levels are very poor. I wonder too whether they should be having as much water as they are receiving where you are.
Yes, the show is just over 5 weeks away, so nature has a bit of time to adjust itself. Nature never ceases to amaze me . Last year I had not so good plants yet no problems with blooms. This year my plants are a lot better yet all sorts of problems with blooms. And according to the weather forecast, a new deluge is on the way
Well there is some light at the end of the tunnell. Been round them all today and the next lot of flowers look OK. The not so good picture shows the problem. The buds that form are significantly paler than what you expect, as shown by the one on the right. You spot this paleness as soon as they form. The one on the left is nice and green. Soon as you see these pale buds, they have to come off. I let that one grow, it started with 4 buds, down to two, and those will come off before flowering.
As i said, finally producing some blooms so in a few weeks time we'll see how good or bad they are likely to be.
Well they were good. Unfortunately, this glorious weather has brought it on again, though not as bad as before, just in time for Wem show. Coupled with the battering they have received from the rain I can honestly say I haven't cut a decent vase of 7 blooms all summer yet my plants look stronger than they have ever done.
To have any chance of getting a vase or two for the nationals I need no rain from Tuesday onwards. If by some miracle that happens then my biggest chance of winning will be from Zillah Harrod. They are as good now as they were when they first started flowering. Next best chance would be the mixed vase if the seedlings are in bloom. And of course, I need it to rain heavily everywhere else in the country
Well i've finally worked out why i've not had many spikes yet. Good old bud drop. Usually happens after they've been flowering a little while, not this year. Went through the lot of them and took off all the faulty ones. Looking at the growing point, I can see some proper ones forming. Looks like I'll be lowering them before they even flower. Also noticed on the seven I cut today pollen beetles and thrips. Ridiculously early for them. I reckon it's going to be one of them years.
I've also noticed a huge amount of bees, and i know its a bit early for them too, but im glad im seeing alot as the bee population has been in decline over the last few years because of crop fertilisers killing them off :-(
vrgardens: Generally getting the back garden ready for winter. Lots to cut away and tidy up.
Oct 26, 2016 11:13:19 GMT
Geumlover: Autumn is the time to build the compost heap, or at least that's what the old books say.
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robh: hi ian how are things your end yes if you have sonia id like when are you digging your tubers up this year
Nov 14, 2016 15:47:08 GMT
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Rosie: I was thinking that too Grindle. We have snow...
Feb 23, 2017 10:28:34 GMT
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joysie21: Do anyone buy the gardeners world magazine as I want to enter competitions I have the gardeners answer magazine which is free with lloyds club account
Nov 5, 2018 9:19:29 GMT
libralady: Hello Bess, I have resurrected your post about using elderflowers. I will try the fizz but could you please send your recipes for the cordial and syrup. Thanks and regards.
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May 30, 2019 20:20:20 GMT
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Aug 13, 2019 19:18:08 GMT
libralady: Put the last of the Cosmos in a vase this morning, then pulled the rain-battered plants out. They have been beautiful all summer.
Oct 2, 2019 12:14:37 GMT
daitheplant: Just to say that Moira (LadyM) passed away from cancer in August.
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Nov 15, 2019 9:00:59 GMT
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