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Online Roger Parsons  
#461 Posted : 28 September 2018 05:03:43(UTC)
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Apples picked today at West Dean; Christmas Pearmain, Newton Wonder, Lord Lambourne, Dumelow's Seedling, Crawley Reinette, Alfriston, Bossom, Winter Queening, Falstaff, Greensleeves, Lemon Pippin, Margil, Court Pendu Plat, Tydeman's Orange, Spartan,Wadhurst Pippin and Bramley's Seedling. 

The great unadventurous British public has heard of Bramleys and was buying as much of them as the rest put together

Our local apple is Bossom, found in an old cottage garden about 5 miles away. It was very difficult to find out its history - put 'Bossom' into Google and it asks 'Do you want bosoms?' Well, not just now ...

Hi DEW.

Our old orchard had Newton Wonder, and we had a newer tree of Spartan, an excellent eater which makes wonderful apple tarts!

We have Apple Days coming up in Lincolnshire if anyone local is interested.

Stamford 6th and Wragby 7th October.

https://www.scog.org.uk/

https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events/wragby-apple-day

Or they could visit to Newton's home at Woolsthorpe Manor. 14th October.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor/features/apple-day-at-woolsthorpe

Enjoy.

Roger

 

 

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Online Bertwhistle  
#462 Posted : 30 September 2018 14:08:31(UTC)
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Great foraging Dew.

I still have a fast crop of yellow plum tomatoes and walnuts continue to fall, rather like the latter stages of popcorn cooking- slowing, slowing. Just under 5kg of walnuts in total; but the magpies and a smart little squirrel have been at the top of the old tree.

Dad has tried a crop of our rainbow chard and baby turnips and said they were OK. 

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Online Bertwhistle  
#463 Posted : 10 October 2018 14:20:21(UTC)
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The garden has itself ripened. Took down the last sunflower heads today- I prefer to leave the seeds for goldfinches but we have teasels & other treats for them; it opened up the ground for some of the lower plants, including my baby turnips.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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Online Bertwhistle  
#464 Posted : 10 October 2018 14:22:38(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Roger Parsons Go to Quoted Post

 

Hi DEW.

Our old orchard had Newton Wonder, and we had a newer tree of Spartan, an excellent eater which makes wonderful apple tarts!

We have Apple Days coming up in Lincolnshire if anyone local is interested.

Stamford 6th and Wragby 7th October.

https://www.scog.org.uk/

https://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events/wragby-apple-day

Or they could visit to Newton's home at Woolsthorpe Manor. 14th October.

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/woolsthorpe-manor/features/apple-day-at-woolsthorpe

Enjoy.

Roger

 

 

National Trust is putting on a lot of 'Apple Days' Rog; pressing, tasting, baking and harvesting. Nearest one to us is in Dorset

I'll try to drag the trio to the car!

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#465 Posted : 10 October 2018 15:23:22(UTC)
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I have two sunflowers growing under the bird feeders in the plum tree, so I’ve propped the heads up on the lower branches for the birds.  My green grapes have almost gone and those still on the vine are feeding the blackbirds.  The birds don’t seem to bother with the black grapes but just as well because they’re slightly later than the green ones and most are still on the vine, just nicely ripe and delicious. 

My glut of lovely sweet mini tomatoes are being shared with the girls at work. I decided they’re too small to cook into sauce as there would be too many seeds and skins.  I have a feeling there will be lots of self sets again next year as they’re dropping off the vines. 

Mum’s Bramley apple tree is also keeping the girls at work supplied with pie material. 

Market Warsop, North Nottinghamshire.

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#466 Posted : 10 October 2018 15:44:07(UTC)
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Ended my harvesting tomatoes today. Plants are now for recycle. Growing room now being used for winter storage,,..Of all pots big and little.. having been cleaned of course. 

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#467 Posted : 13 October 2018 06:33:25(UTC)
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Tomatoes continue to ripen in these warm conditions.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#468 Posted : 13 October 2018 10:23:48(UTC)
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Last of my late runner beans picked today
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#469 Posted : 13 October 2018 10:46:00(UTC)
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Must firm all the small shrubs that have been rocked by the winds. Also have TWO to be planted. Both variegated Euonymus.

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#470 Posted : 13 October 2018 16:38:22(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Caz Go to Quoted Post

I have two sunflowers growing under the bird feeders in the plum tree, so I’ve propped the heads up on the lower branches for the birds.  My green grapes have almost gone and those still on the vine are feeding the blackbirds.  The birds don’t seem to bother with the black grapes but just as well because they’re slightly later than the green ones and most are still on the vine, just nicely ripe and delicious. 

My glut of lovely sweet mini tomatoes are being shared with the girls at work. I decided they’re too small to cook into sauce as there would be too many seeds and skins.  I have a feeling there will be lots of self sets again next year as they’re dropping off the vines. 

Mum’s Bramley apple tree is also keeping the girls at work supplied with pie material. 

Autumn fecundity in the garden still Caz.

I wish we had a Bramley still- it was too close to the shed in the end and although we kept a plum (now a poor provider) and a Cox, the Bramley was the most reliable fruiter.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#471 Posted : 14 October 2018 05:03:50(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

Autumn fecundity in the garden still Caz.

I wish we had a Bramley still- it was too close to the shed in the end and although we kept a plum (now a poor provider) and a Cox, the Bramley was the most reliable fruiter.

I planted the Bramley with a James Grieve eater in mum’s garden about 35 years ago and they have both been good heavy croppers supplying the whole family and friends. Sadly though, mum’s house is being sold, so this may be our last harvest!

I don’t have room in my own garden for one, although my mum in law’s orchard could supply the whole village with fruit, so we always have too much to deal with. 

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#472 Posted : 14 October 2018 06:39:12(UTC)
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Nasturtiums quite out of control. Newly planted clematis and honeysuckle now getting on with covering the fence at the bottom of the garden as intended, after finding it difficult through the drought.

It has been observed that less snow falls here than any other place of equal extent in the kingdom, occasioned by the shelter of the hills and the warmth of the sea breezes - Alexander Hay, Guide to Chichester, 1805
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#473 Posted : 19 October 2018 14:26:11(UTC)
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A wonderful clear autumn day. Visited the bees, a few were flying. Lawn was mowable and I had managed to vacuum up a good quantity of leaves yesterday so the garden looks tidy. 2 Buzzards were mewing high overhead, visible but only just. A dodgy left eye has triple vision [cararact] so let's say 4 buzzards.

Roger

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West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire

No county (Lincolnshire) has better churches and worse houses. The poorer sort of people wash their clothes with hog's dung, and burn dried cow's dung for want of better fuel; whence comes the Lincolnshire proverb: "Where the hogs shite soap and the cows shite fire".

Curiosities of Great Britain (c.1780)

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#474 Posted : 23 October 2018 16:58:37(UTC)
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3 types of tomato still ripening; collecting a dozen a day. Finished the corn- only a few ears were proper fruit-laden cobs.

Time to make more space for the purple brussels and turnips.

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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#475 Posted : 28 October 2018 08:29:24(UTC)
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Ground frost yesterday morning, but even the nasturtiums across the lawn didn't wilt, and the blue ipomea made it through.

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#476 Posted : 31 October 2018 14:49:26(UTC)
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The cannas and begonias have succumbed to the recent frosts. A fuchsia in a large container still requires regular watering though because of the dry autumn. I wonder when we will see significant rainfall again after a very dry summer and now autumn in this part of England.

 

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#477 Posted : 03 November 2018 15:05:06(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NMA Go to Quoted Post

The cannas and begonias have succumbed to the recent frosts. A fuchsia in a large container still requires regular watering though because of the dry autumn. I wonder when we will see significant rainfall again after a very dry summer and now autumn in this part of England.

 

I share your concern Nick. Although I continue to harvest tomatoes, it's so dry and I won't water with these frosts (3 now). I'm convinced that drier freezes do less harm.

Sorry about your cannas.

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#478 Posted : 04 November 2018 15:12:36(UTC)
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No problem with the cannas (and dahlias) as the rootstocks/tubers will be fine and go into a dark cool (frost free hopefully) garage. As you say as long as soil/composts are relatively dry, plants seem to cope with frost more often than not. It's the cold and wet that kills them. Does anyone remember the much vaunted olive plantation/grove in Devon quite a few years back? All gone of course as far as I know. Too wet and cold in the winter.

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#479 Posted : 05 November 2018 16:28:35(UTC)
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Wild strawberries still fruiting in a Tub.   

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Online Bertwhistle  
#480 Posted : 11 November 2018 19:40:57(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: NMA Go to Quoted Post

No problem with the cannas (and dahlias) as the rootstocks/tubers will be fine and go into a dark cool (frost free hopefully) garage. As you say as long as soil/composts are relatively dry, plants seem to cope with frost more often than not. It's the cold and wet that kills them. Does anyone remember the much vaunted olive plantation/grove in Devon quite a few years back? All gone of course as far as I know. Too wet and cold in the winter.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1522414/First-olive-grove-takes-root-in-sunny-Devon.html

I wonder if the Romans' dreams were similarly dashed. Vines grow ok though. Maybe another decade or two...

Bertie, Itchen Valley.

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