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David K
Shaun Gibbs wrote (see)

Thanks guys. David sorry for being so "green" which parts are the tendrils 

 

No prob..they are those little thin spidery bits they use to climb.  

David K
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Like so.

Awesome many thanks. I'm going to cut some flowers off tomorrow to use as cuts for the house. And hopefully they will grow back stronger and faster...

 I do have but haven't placed 4x 12ft willow pieces to use as supports. 

 

Orchid Lady

Hi Shaun, David is our Sweet Pea expert and this year I have the best sweet peas I have ever had though following his tips, however I haven't got big enough supports and haven't snipped the tendrils but I have been cutting them A LOT and every morning I seem to get a load more.  I call them my 'shabby chic' sweet peas 

 They are on the edge of my veg patch (to attract bees) and of course I would in no way encourage this totally  unprofessional look 


Here's some I picked


 

 

David K

OL - Trying to work out if I'm been complimented or not.

"I haven't got big enough supports and haven't snipped the tendrils but I have been cutting them A LOT and every morning I seem to get a load more".

Btw, those should smell really nice, as the purples verging into blues usually are the most scented.

 

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Orchid Lady

Of course you've been complimented David,mi said I'd git the best sweet peas ever through following your tips  In the past they have been half the size and nowhere near as many flowers  The reason for the supports not being big enough is I didn't realise they would grow so big and it's too late now as I can't get them in.  My other later sown ones have big supports though and I'll cut their tendrils because they are special ones  In fact, I think I might have a flower, going to check now 

Dovefromabove

The really strong winds and heavy rain we've had over the last few days have bashed my sweet peas about a bit   There's lots more flowers to cut, but I think I may have seen the last of the long straight stems for a bit 

Orchid Lady


 My first EagLe Sweet Pea flower, I think it's Banty.

 

David K

I understand...... just being mischievous again.

Just switched on the vacuum cleaner.... dead as a do-do,  checked the fuse, nothing wrong there....shall I be happy or sad?

Btw, I'm not 90 either.

Orchid Lady

Who has said you are 90 David.....I'll batter them with my bendy sweet peas 

David K
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

 My first EagLe Sweet Pea flower, I think it's Banty.

 

Now that's class! Just look at the long, strong stem on the left.

Orchid Lady

These ones are going to my 'show' Sweet peas Dabid, I'm going to look after them very carefully......no shabby chic for these babies 

David K
Orchid Lady wrote (see)

These ones are going to my 'show' Sweet peas Dabid, I'm going to look after them very carefully......no shabby chic for these babies 

 

....I'll sent you a schedule for Southport.

Orchid Lady

Ha ha David, my show only, nowhere near good enough for anything else!

I need some advice on the tendril thing, do I cut them all off or just the ones that are wrapping around flower stems?

David K

Growing them by the cordon method (no need top bother yourself with that at the mo) you do remove all tendrils and compensate by tying them in by hand.

Yours need to retain some tendrils to enable them to climb, so best remove those in the vicinity & about to entwine your flower stems. 

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chicky

Bought a 10 pack of seeds from Eagles at HC this week - didn't realise they were the bees knees

Any tips on how to tackle a greenfly infestation on sweetpea flowers?? I have moved one of the bird feeders over in the hope that the bluetits will find them, but there are a lot there

David K

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 Jenny & Derek....Mr & Mrs Eagle.

I unashamedly use 'Bug Clear', chicky.....it's systemic and remains effective for  six weeks. It's about as environmentally as you can get, if you follow the instructions to the letter.  

Evidently I'm about a month behind some, but I HAVE A FLOWER!!!! *does little celebration wiggle* Lots of lessons learned from my spring-sown trial ahead of my autumn-sown wedding crop for next year but I'm really pleased with myself. Thanks all, but esp David for advice- am standing by for autumn instructions!
Orchid Lady

I think that's David resting rather than being bored