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Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:31

Marion, you're a real inspiration. Isn't it amazing how after a day spent in the garden all memories of the horrid, cold weather disappear. Keep it up everyone, Aslan is on the move

Sweet Pea

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:21

Hi David,

What has happened to your forum topic on Sweet Peas? I haven't been online for a while and all my followed threads have disappeared including your very informative one.

The sweet peas I sowed in January are looking a bit thin and have only one or max two stems on them even though I've nipped them out. Is this to be expected David?

I'm hoping to have sweet peas for the tables at my daughters wedding in August and the weather has been so cold I haven't been able to sow any seed direct as you suggested. Am I too late?

The freebies I ordered through the gardeners world offer arrived the other day and are fairly leafy but were growing in about 1"square plugs which seemed contra to all sweet pea growing advice that suggests a long root run. I've potted most of them up now and put them in the greenhouse. Just off to the garden centre to buy some more potting compost to do the rest.

Still Spring looks as though it's finally sprung so all in the garden could soon be rosy!!!



Bee spotting

Posted: 07/04/2013 at 13:08

Hi there,

I was thrilled to see the pulmonarias in the garden alive with honey bees yesterday. It was beautifully sunny and we are very sheltered from the north and easterly winds which gives us a good microclimate here in West Midlands. There were also a few bumble bees around but not sure what type. It really felt as though Spring is in the air - at last

I'll have a go at taking pics next time to compare with those great photos from Cheerypeabrain above.



Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/03/2013 at 20:14
David K wrote (see)

You're welcome, Carly.

Since I posted my last reply, I've taken a peek  at your profile (I'm lusting after your greenhouse) it seems we both live in the same county

I bought the greenhouse from the Greenhouse People in your neck of the woods. It was an ex display, one off model and a real bargain. I haven't stopped smiling since  and can be heard repeatedly chunnering 'I love my greenhouse' as I potter around the garden. Just hope it's the real thing and not a short lived infatuation!


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 19:20

Thanks David for your helpful advice.

The ones I have in the greenhouse are mid Jan sowings so hopefully they'll not be too bad come August. As you advised I will plant some direct as well as extra insurance otherwise we'll be off to the florist come August!  I've also ordered some of the 'freebies' plugs on offer in this months Gardeners World mag and have the nippings that I potted up looking quite healthy I said,sweet pea factory there'll be room for little else. Only two more daughters to go after this one....

Thanks again ,


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 20:50

Hi, my s/p's are coming along quite nicely now in the greenhouse. I've nipped them out to about two leaves. Should I grow them on a bit longer before planting outside? They still look a bit wee to face the elements (we are sheltered here from North and easterly winds).

Also do you recommend using an enricher such as 6x (concentrated manure) when they go outside?

Finally, I'm hoping to grow these for table decorations at my daughters wedding at the end of August. Are there likely to still be lots of blooms then? the garden will be looking like a sweet pea factory at the rate I'm sowing

Thanks for any advice folks,


Best climber

Posted: 17/02/2013 at 22:22

Hi Hedgehogsdad, we have a trellis fence that screens off our patio area from a public footpath that goes next to it. I planted Akebia there. It's semi evergreen and from the spring gets some lovely lush growth that works well as a screen for us and as a bonus is covered with perfumed blossom in spring. I have just one of these and next to that is a lovely climbing rose called the Generous Gardener. They were planted about six years ago and this winter I've given the rose a good reshape, the Akebia just needs a spruce up every now and then. The fence is about the same height as yours, around 18 ft long and runs from N to S. The soil is not bad, I guess you'd say moisture retentive but well drained as it never waterlogs but neither do I ever have to water it there. A link to see the Akebia is below

Hope this helps.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 21:17

Something to try then David. Thanks for checking it out.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 20:07

I think you just nip out the growing tip Debra but wait until you have six sets of leaves.



Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 19:09

Before you start nipping folks, what do you make of this from the Black Country Society (

'If you plant the seed in a pot of good compost beginning of February, water well, cover with cling film keeping them at 60/65F., then when the plant has produced  six full leafs, cut them back so as to leave four leaves on the original plant, the piece you have cut off is extremely valuable since it contains the leader cell growth, in affect stem cells, dip this in hormone powder, and stand in a jar of water the hormone powder will stimulate growth to the extent that it will have a stronger root complex than the original plant, you do not have to use water you can plant direct into compost but you will not have the benefit of watching the root growth which takes 10 days, no other part of the Sweet Pea will allow cuttings. The most important thing is you must water the leafs every day until the roots appear'


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