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Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:40


Picotees are something like so.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:11

I have to agree, it's been a below average summer in terms favourable weather for growing good sweet peas.

Turning our thoughts of buying & sowing our seed for next year, I would recommend (especially for cut flowers) looking at the frilly flowered, picotee varieties......Eagle's 'Fancy Collection' is one of the best I've tried.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 19:10

Just to prove I enjoy good music too:


Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 09:27

Rosemummy - It's just a fact that SP stems will naturally shorten has the plant ages and gets weaker. Flowering from plants of autumn sown seed will be drawing to a close soon, whilst those from spring sown seed will (hopefully) go on into the autumn.

Having said that, there are some other factors to consider. Generally modern introductions have longer stems (a show-bench requirement) than older, say Spencer varieties. Also (as Lily says) patio & other varieties will have shorter stems.

To repeat what I've said many times, buy the best quality seed you can afford and make two sowings, autumn & spring.

Pyracantha - which variety to plant?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 16:35

From one David to another, Hi.

I think probably the pyracantha variety 'Firethorn' would fit the bill. Max height & spread is 12' X 12', although you can prune it back to suit your requirements.

PS. If you are open to suggestions, maybe you would consider 'Cotoneaster Horizontalis'.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 16:25

Love John Lennon's 'Woman', Lily.

Btw, this is the Elvis version of 'Paralized' that used to get us rocking:


Music in the Garden

Posted: 17/08/2015 at 14:32

Thanks, Lily.....lovely track.

Elvis was my era.....have been known to shake my tush to this Elvis number, back in the day.  Though I feel it isn't Elvis singing on this clip.


Silver leaf disease on plum tree

Posted: 16/08/2015 at 21:47

It may be worth remembering for future reference, that plum trees should be pruned in June, pruning them when they are dormant will result in the fungus spoors entering the open cuts.


Posted: 16/08/2015 at 09:17
punkdoc wrote (see)


Pat don't worry about David K, he is a well known Monty hater.


Punkdoc - The picture I posted was for its humorous content only.

For the record, I'm not a 'Monty hater'. In fact I don't 'hate' anyone, let alone anyone so remote from my daily life. True, I'm not an admirer, but hardly think that qualifies me to be labelled a 'hater'.


Posted: 15/08/2015 at 22:20
1Runnybeak1 wrote (see)


DavidK.   I meant 'our' in general.   


...sorite, Rb...I usually see  'our' as a term of endearment.

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