Whats Looking Good in October 2019

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  1. noisette47

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    They go slightly yellow, slightly squishy and very fragrant when they're ripe :) The flesh is like very thick banana/vanilla flavour custard :biggrin: Bon appetit ;)
     
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      I just tried the smallest one.
      As you say it had a nice smell that I hadn't noticed, and the pulp was nice tasting.

      Got a couple of big seeds out of it.:smile:

      I have had these a few years ago, but never actually bothered trying them, as they never looked ripe,:biggrin:.
       
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          Must admit when I grew mine I just bought some seed on the off chance, never realised there were named varieties etc.
          I'll be out with my paint brush pollinating again next spring.:biggrin:

          They taste ok, better I would say than Feijoa (Acca), which I've also got , to me that one would be better as juice.

          Just as a sideline, I find it really strange that the crushed leaves smell almost of Diesel, well that's what I think they smell of.:biggrin:
           
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            I have only eaten feijoa petals. They aren't bad. The pawpaw from @noisette47 was really good - I think better than a peach. A USA forum I looked at warned that seed grown are usually very inferior in flavour to named varieties.
             
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              Salvias
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              Diascia

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                Another Salvia

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                Still loads of colour around :)
                 
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                  @KFF what is the name of the top salvia with white calyx please? It looks very different
                   
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                    @KFF I love that red and white Salvia, love any flower red and white. They are so striking.
                     
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                      Hi @CarolineL

                      Hi @Victoria

                      It's called "Sangria ". It's a half hardy, grown from seed this year. I'm gonna pot half up and keep inside and leave half out to see how they do ( I don't usually have any losses but I'm not gonna risk losing them all ).

                      There's also another one called "White Surprise" in which the calyces are a purer white with a hint of pale green and the flowers are more a reddish orange, but that one hasn't flowered.
                       
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                        I shall look that up, also the 'White Surprise' as Salvia are Perennial here.
                         
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                          You should be ok then Victoria. I rarely suffer any losses. Even my " Amistad " which is supposed to be border line hardy comes up every year and makes 5' easily, it's still covered in buds now.

                          I forgot to say .... the seeds are from Thompson & Morgan, I think I paid £1 for them.
                           
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                            How about I send you some scions of A.t. Prima and Sunflower? You could use yours as rootstocks . They're fertilised by flies, perhaps that explains the smell?
                             
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                              Well its a thought, thankyou, but mine are pretty big now both are over 10ft, I could try grafting onto branches but I'd be reluctant to cut them right back.
                              I'd be willing to give it a go, but my grafting is not something that I excel at:biggrin:
                               
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                                I've been looking into grafting recently, as a way of saving 2 sick apple trees. It's done in winter? Just say the word when the time a right if you want to try
                                 
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