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Posted: 24/08/2015 at 07:03

I'd post a new thread LMS - there are a few tomato experts on the forum, but they're unlikely to look in on a sweetcorn thread.

our silk tassles are now going brown - will be harvesting a few this week (with my umbrella)


Posted: 24/08/2015 at 06:50

Morning all. And good luck to Mr Yvie at the eye hospital.

Choc cake looks scrummy - hope a special day was had by all the Fairies

Botswana sounds exciting Pdoc - hope the hiking bit is away from big animals.  

And hope LilyP's swallow found his way outside.  Once spent a night with a starling behind our wardrobe .....not much sleep was had, but he flew off happily the next morning looking none the worse for his ordeal.

got a full week at work this week - that'll be a shock to the system ....I'll be needing a day off by Tuesday.

best get started ......

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:49

Thanks for that David - looks Iike I will have to search in the shed for some stilts

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 10:10

I grew the Chelsea collection from Eagle this year- they have been fantastic.  Will be an Eagle devotee from now on....thank you David

I have a question though, my spring sown ones are now too tall for me to reach to pick.  Can I chop the tops of the plants off and get more flowers shooting lower down, or is it too late in the year for that sort of malarkey??


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:41

Julie - yes, the cleomes look like fireworks - they seem to like quite a damp, but sunny, spot.  They certainly weren't happy on last year's dry sunny bank.  I found they do best sown really late - about April.  Have fun with yours next year.  Enjoy Eden.

DD - when the alternative is i****ng, then even a fun day will be fun

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:33

The Hewitt double isn't staked Beau - but there are three planted quite densely and they are in amongst some quite beefy phlox, so I think they get all the support they need from their neighbours.  If one was planted on its own it might need some help.


Posted: 23/08/2015 at 09:29

Happy 18th to the littlest Fairy - hope she has a fantastic day

expecting torrential rain soon - think I will have a day catching up with gardening mags

wandering round the garden last evening with the camera made me realise just how well my cleomes are doing this year.  Last year they were rubbish - so chose a different spot for them this year, and think I've now got it right

flowers through the decades

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 22:31

In the 80's my Mum was very keen on ageratum, allysum and bedding salvias .....or swathes of busy-lizzies.  Looked lovely

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 22:21

Thanks Beau and Julie

the floating flower is a thalictrum - hewitts double, and the last pic is anenome wild swan, taken from behind (which I think is her best side).  And the star shaped purple flower in the 2nd to last pic is isotoma (sometimes called laurentia) .....its an annual, but flowers its socks off all summer with no deadheading required - I love it

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 20:02

But there are some purple patches too


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Foxglove seedlings ....when will they flower?

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Just found this, and thought others might like to know! 
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Plant ID - blue flowers

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