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Latest posts by cowslip2

Saving bean seeds...

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 21:40

How many people realise that runner beans are a perennial, and therefore the roots can be saved in a frost free place over winter, then planted out next May time?

geraniums (spelling?)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 18:01

Isn't it a nuisance this confusion with the name Geranium. Why on earth do nurseries and garden centers persist in calling Pelargoniums, Geraniums?. I thought that was sorted years ago. People have said to me, they didn't know there was such a plant as a hardy geranium, thinking of course as the so tender pelargoniums. 

Talkback: Growing runner beans

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 18:16

Interesting chat about runner beans. I realise one can place them in the freezer without blanching, but would love to hear from anyone who does this, and also uses the blanching method. Do they find a marked difference in the texture and quality when they come to eat them?

Late Runner Beans

Posted: 07/09/2012 at 19:25

flowering rose, you do not have to grow them in a different position next year, indeed it is beneficial to keep to the same trench. Just add manure or of course, compost, as you dig the plot over when the beans have finished for the season.

bird feeders

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 19:01

Could not agree more, for goodness sake take those darnation nets off the fat balls. They should not be there in the first place. When one thinks of all the song birds that have been left dangling, till their death, makes one cry.

Talkback: Caterpillars

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 18:48

Take a little time to squash the caterpillars. This is most important, but even more so is to keep a sharp look out for any, each and every day. Try and keep a sharp lookout  for a grey deposit on the leaves, and if you destroy this, there will not be any caterpillars.

Damson Crop for 2012

Posted: 23/08/2012 at 20:18

So very disappointing not to have any damsons this year. They usually grow like wildfire, and fruit with abundance. How I envy those with a crop!


Posted: 22/08/2012 at 21:22

A true beauty is CAMBRIDGE SCARLET, Try growing this alongside Campanula lactiflora. Both flower at the same time, and are the same height. Stunning!

Runner beans.

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 21:15

Yes Penninepetal, I will be doing the same thing next year all being well,  so watch this space! My largest pots are eighteen inches across, and smaller ones only about twelve. It is a darn problem with the wind blowing them to one side. use plenty of canes ,I say.!

What a great series!

Posted: 20/08/2012 at 21:48

I didn't know Monty's dog was called Nigel. Golden Retrievers are such a delight, an outstanding nature, delightful looks as well. I have had five over the years. Mine has just starting picking and eating runner beans from the pots. Annoying, but I will refrain from telling her off!

Discussions started by cowslip2

Feeding birds.

Fat balls. 
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Bird Feeding.

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Tender Perennial.

Convolvulus Altheoides. 
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Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 20:55

Convolvulus Star of Yalta.

Mystery death. 
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Spring soil.

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Sowing dates. 
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Capillary Matting.

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Sowing dates. 
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Runner Beans.

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Last Post: 30/05/2013 at 22:21

Spring visitors.

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Nesting Material. 
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The Potting Shed.

Garden Gnomes. 
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