David K


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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:11

For he record, Monty will be planting out his March sown sweet peas in tonight's GW (guess he will be cutting in late July) this coincides with my cutting the first flowers from my October sown seed.

I post this to illustrate that there are advantages to sowing your seed in the autumn.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 19:04

Hello, Clive….sorry you find yourself in this situation (as if weddings aren’t stressful enough at the best of times). It’s easy to be clever with the benefit of hindsight, but I feel you could have been where you wanted to be with this, without the poly-tunnel. Had your seed been sown last October & overwintered in a coldframe, then planted out in mid-March, They would have been on schedule for your late June wedding.

Not sure I would be keen on your plan to cut off their heads. If they have only started to flower recently, I see no reason why they shouldn’t be in their prime by late June…I base this on the fact that when my own start flowering in mid-May, they are at their best in mid-July…..8 weeks approx. Certainly be diligent by cutting regularly until the big day.

The shorter stems you fear should not be a problem before early August.

Hope this helps.

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 21:29

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/008_zps55a2548c.jpg

 As the tree canopy grows, restricting the light to the bluebells, they retreat for another year.

In today's lovely sunshine, I thought how beautiful & lush the countryside was looking just now.

wilting leaves on runner beans

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 18:09

Runner beans are not keen on root disturbance...in fact, they sulk for days (depending on the weather) after being transplanted into the plot. If the central leaf cluster looks healthy they should be fine.

I sow mine (10 to the 1ltr pot) in those black polythene pots.....similar to black polythene bags when empty.

Begonia Tubers

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 11:04

Probably a tad late now, but based on experience, I would be careful when buying those begonia corms sold loose in garden centres, especially if a specific colour is important to your plans. Many times I've seen people picking them over and those they decide to reject are just thrown back into any of the boxes....thus the colours are mixed-up.

 Totally unconnected, but also don't buy bread rolls etc on open display in supermarkets..... the times I've seen people sneeze over them!!!

I'll get me coat!

Talkback: Pea and bean weevils

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:59

Hi, bootsy.

I've had this problem for years, but it doesn't cause me problems anymore.

These little critters are only interested in the seed itself, so I always grow my peas & beans in pots prior to planting them out.

This way the seed has disintegrated before transferring into the garden.

Message from Mike

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:53

Thank you for that, Daniel....something that would never have happened in our BBC days.

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:48
Dovefromabove wrote (see)

We don't have the capability of combining threads but it's  a good idea to flag up the others to make people aware of their existence.  

 

Thanks, Dove...I was hoping no-one would misinterpret my message, but the same subject does seem a little bit all over the place, to me.

JUST FOR MIKE

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 11:22

Like all of us, I'm interested in Mike's wellbeing and am following relevant threads. But, I'm beginning to feel that there are getting too many now, appertaining to the same subject and wonder if they would be better placed under less threads.

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/human-irrigation-system/292623.html

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/just-for-mike/335586-2.html

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/the-perfect-gentleman/335456.html

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/message-from-mike/336712-2.html

 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/05/2014 at 09:28

*For the most part I usually have sweet peas to cut in May from my autumn sowings...but as I have said here many times, they are also over by late August/early September... they peak in July, after that the stems begin to shorten.  Alternatively, those from spring sowings will flower between July and the onset of winter frosts.

So a good plan is to sow at both times for a continuation of cut flowers from May onwards.

*This is important for me, as most sweet pea shows are held from mid to late summer.

 

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