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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:15

I'm knackered, more weeding and planting in the flower garden (it's over an acre, 8 beds, one about 20 metres long), planted out runner beans, French beans, resowed parsnips (wonder if it will work this time), sowed more peas. Did a load of washing, means ironing tonight or tomorrow, about to cook salmon, leeks and potatoes.

Will this work for a new part lawn?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 19:09

If the front beds are lower than the lawn then of course you will need some topsoil to even it out. Could you leave the camellia and the hydrangea so it won't be so dull? Seeding is cheaper. It's up to you.

But I think I still don't really understand. How can you spend 4 - 5 hours a day on a front garden that is 15 foot by 12 foot? I spend that and I have over an acre and the veg garden is 25 metres by 10 metres. However, it's not pristine but it is pretty.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:38

I planted out the runner beans and sowed more peas this morning.

What is this plant

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:36

They are perennial wall flowers, only live a few years so best to take cuttings, Erysimum, Bowles Mauve, as Nutcutlet says. The other wallflowers used for bedding are biennuals, cheiranthus cheiri, but it's all the same family, brassicas.

Cutting the top off raspberry canes

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:27

I always cut the tops off my raspberry canes.

Growing Sweet Peas and Runner Beans together

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:24

I've grown sweet peas and runner beans, just as you said, but I always grow 2 beans per cane. The sweet peas don't do that well here, South West France, so I put them on the shadier side because it can be too hot for them in summer. Now I just do beans, but it used to work as you said when I lived in England. I put rotted manure in the bottom. It doesn't have to be homemade compost, you can buy a bag of something water retaining and soil improving like compost or rotted manure. You can do a 9 pole wigwam, I had a neighbour who used to do a 12 pole one, it depends how much room you have.

Plant ID please

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:16

I was looking at syringas too and found Josikaea and Josiflexa, but they weren't quite right. I think you've got it Silver surfer - Syringa persica. Most of the daphnes aren't really deciduous and have tougher glossier leaves.


Posted: 14/05/2013 at 15:12

Tina, I'm sure you are as pretty as my plant. It hasn't flowered yet, looking forward to seeing if it's like the internet one.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:54

What super labels, I've been looking for black ones for ages and even asked about them in one of these threads. They are so much more discreet and all the garden open to the public use them. I live in France and most of the labels here are yellow.


Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:48

They are both perennial, but may not flower so well the next time. Either leave them where they are or move to a corner out of the way once they've finished flowering. The violas can be cut right down, given a feed and they should grow back and will probably produce more flowers later this summer. They are usually treated like annuals and discarde because people want to make room for summer bedding.

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