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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Mon Jul 30, 2018 1:36 pm

Looking back over previous pond visits I found some pictures of a pond visit from our Koi Club on Sunday the 15th July 20009, we had a glorious day for it, sunny and warm.
What a dramatic change the following day, a sudden very localised ferocious hailstorm hit our area mid-morning.
We had been to the Glanclwyd and as we travelled back from Bodelwyddan we saw locally the damage it wreaked was quite bad and long lasting, particularly on our plants and trees, see pic below of shredded waterlillies. The hailstones did this same damage to all my fruit trees and soft fruit.
The gazebo was still up from pond visit the previous day!


Some of the hailstones were the size of ten pence pieces, that is around the 2cm mark, hence the damage!
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:36 am

I found a picture of my pond lilies taken before the freak hailstorm in July 2009, before and after is quite dramatic, the weird thing is we had such nice weather before and after!
There is a date of the 1st August 2009 but that is from when I put pictures in folder from another camera I used on our short holiday break at Trearddur Bay.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Fri Aug 03, 2018 4:58 pm

No doubt due to the continuous good weather I have had a remarkably good crop of Jostaberries, see pic below, also a very good crop of Morello cooking cherries and another cherry that's a 'wrong label' bought as a Kordia black sweet cherry, its turned out to be dark red and anything but sweet! (first pic)
Not as sharp as a Morello cherry but close!
Anybody not tasted a Jostaberry before you will get your chance on Sunday if you are coming here for club meet as there are still lots left despite picking about three kilo's of them this week.
A Jostaberry is the worlds first cross between a gooseberry and a blackcurrant and is vigorous, thornless and disease free, it tastes and looks slightly more like a blackcurrant but larger.
I have a few spare Jostaberry plants if anyone wants one.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby pollygog on Sat Aug 11, 2018 6:22 pm

Well our pond visit went as planned, the food from the barbeque was served up by David our village chip shop proprietor who volunteered to help us out again (to our grateful thanks) with our 18 guests and club members. The burgers, local lamb chops and chicken drumsticks were barbequed and presented by him on time and all well cooked so no complaints there. We were also lucky with the weather again with a beautiful hot day with just a gentle cooling breeze to ripple the koi pond.
Overall, the day went seamlessly and I would like to think people enjoyed themselves.
We put a lot of effort into providing a pleasant a day as possible for our club members.
However, we have decided that last Sunday was the last club visit we would cater for.
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Re: Spring is nearly here!

Postby roselanekoi on Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:32 pm

I certainly enjoyed the afternoon as I'm sure everyone else attending did.

The two Jostaberry plants I came away with, never leave Phil's empty-handed if you are a gardener, are currently residing in large tubs of peat whilst I decide where to put them permanently, a spot in my new raspberry cage seems favourite.

Last winter I purchased a number of bare-rooted raspberry plants to start a new raspberry bed with very mixed results. The autumn fruiting varieties, all gold and autumn bliss, have taken very successfully and are now fruiting but the summer fruiting glen clova and glen ample have not fared well at all. All 5 glen clova have failed and only 1 of the 5 glen ample have survived. It's a bit mystifying as all the plants were planted at the same time and into the same soil. I'll have to get in touch with the suppliers Primrose and see if I can get some replacement plants.
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