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Jean Marion
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Initial post 12 AUG 05 by Jean Marion
Prone to blackspot in a non spray garden
Reply #2 of 11 posted 22 NOV 10 by HMF Admin
Thanks for sharing Jean.
Reply #3 of 11 posted 23 JUL by jmile
Mine is a non spray garden and Blackspot doesn't seem to be a problem. It is in an area where the peacocks eat all of the lower leaves so maybe their cleanup is the answer.
Reply #4 of 11 posted 23 JUL by HMF Admin
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Reply #5 of 11 posted 23 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
I'll forget my spray programme and get some peacocks instead! ;-)
Reply #6 of 11 posted 24 JUL by jmile
They are prettier and more fun than spraying. (all though they do like to eat flowers that they can reach too)
Reply #7 of 11 posted 24 JUL by Margaret Furness
Just don't get guineafowl at the same time, if you value your sanity. They set each other off noise-wise.
Reply #8 of 11 posted 24 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
I've worked at gardens with peacocks before and they are indeed beautiful but destructive, they seem to favour yellow flowers especially crocus and narcissus. They taste like dry tough old turkey, not worth eating. Guineafowl on the other hand are not so destructive to plants and are very adept at getting caterpillars and aphids. But, as Margaret says they do make the most awful racket, however they taste so delicious that compensates a little for their noisiness.
Reply #9 of 11 posted 29 JUL by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
I looked up Guinea fowl: "Guinea fowl, also known as pintade, faraona or African pheasant used to be a wild bird; it is now mostly farm-raised. With striking white spots on its gray feathers, a mature Guinea fowl will be similar in size to a pheasant, slightly smaller than a chicken." Pheasant meat is so sweet and yummy .. my brother hunts them in Michigan (on his 30+ acre land). My Mom made pheasant soup and it's much better than chicken.
Reply #10 of 11 posted 29 JUL by Margaret Furness
Maggie Beer does some guinea fowl recipes. I threatened my neighbour with them, when her guinea fowl kept tapping on my windows at first light, and decorating my veranda.
Reply #11 of 11 posted 29 JUL by Andrew from Dolton
I live in the middle of pheasant shooting estates these creatures are everywhere!, my neighbour's dogs are trained to pick up the birds that the guns have shot. Pheasant curry is very good, I also make snitzel, hammering out the breasts thinly and coating in bread crumbs - yum! From November to February there is always a brace of the hanging in my back porch.
most recent 25 MAY 16 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 25 MAY 16 by Lazy Rosarian
If you still grow John S Armstrong, could you tell me if it gets tall, 6-7 feet, and does it have leathery foliage? Also does it have 40 plus petals and stays red, ie it doesn't turn purplish like some reds tend to do. I am trying to replace a beautiful true red Hybrid tea that grew to over 6 feet, had no fragrance, had 40 plus petals and leathery foliage and stayed red (didn't turn purple when it aged. Thank you Margaret Lamb
most recent 29 NOV 15 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 29 NOV 15 by Jean Marion
David Austin launch three new English Roses at Chelsea
The three roses are ‘Sir Walter Scott’ (Ausfalcon) an Old Rose/Scottish Rose; ‘Desdemona’ (Auskindling) a Musk Hybrid and ‘Kelmscott’ (Ausoutcry) a Leander Hybrid.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 29 NOV 15 by Patricia Routley
Thanks Jean Marion, We have 'Sir Walter Scott' and 'Desdemona' listed.

Either 'The Ancient Mariner' (AUSoutcry) has a new synonym, or
'Kelmscott' has a different code name altogether.
I haven't as yet added 'Kelmscott' until further information comes in - I can't find anything about it at this stage.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 29 NOV 15 by Jean Marion
OK... thanks!
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Initial post 23 NOV 15 by Jean Marion
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