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Plants for June Wedding

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 20:40

This is a 'no brainer' for has to be sweet peas with gypsophila. Sow the seed now and they will be at their very best by early June.

I took someone on another board through the whole thing for a June wedding....her daughter had a beautiful & colourful day.


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 15/11/2012 at 19:52

Hi, Bjay.

Just a couple of points. Because of cross pollination, your mixed sweet peas may not necessarily reproduce true to type, but should still give a worthwhile display. It may also be worth noting that deep purple  sweet peas have a stronger scent than the paler colours....this is because they are closer related to the original sweet peas.

There isn't any difference in the procedure for saving seed from F1 hybrids. Hanging basket sweet peas don't lend themselves to autumn sowing...much better to sow the seed directly into the baskets in the spring.

Hope this helps. 

The Canny Gardener

Posted: 13/11/2012 at 09:26
Gracie5 wrote (see)

 The spelling mistakes on their website might mean they are trading from abroad, Holland perhaps.

Or Botswana?

Autumn Colour

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 09:57

This is is not my pic of beech leaves, I'm posting it because I thought it quite beautiful.


Autumn Colour

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 09:30

Absolutely nothing to do with autumn tints, but whilst visiting the Forrest of Dean we called in on the ruins of the amazing Tintern Abbey...well worth a visit if you are in the area.



Autumn Colour

Posted: 11/11/2012 at 10:45

As mentioned earlier, I visited the Forrest of Dean last week:



Posted: 10/11/2012 at 21:32

Hi, wood ash contains just a small amount of potash, but not as much as is often attributed to it and is only about one twelfth as valuable as sulphate of potash. Having said that and to answer your question, it is best applied at at 1/2lb per sq yd on open ground.

Potash aids the development of fruit & flowers.


Gardeners' World hibernating

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 21:31

Tonight's show was one of the best of the series for me.

1) Star of the show Nigel is on the mend.

2) The blind lady was an inspiration to any gardener.

3) Carol's contributions are always enjoyable.

4) The 92 year old's allotment was a credit to him and didn't he know his stuff?


Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 19:14
Warburton Pike wrote (see)

How I wish I had read this forum before I sowed my autumn sweet pea.  I seem to have done most of the wrong things as a result of which I have leggy plants which I probably sowed too early and didn't appreciate they didn't need extra warmth to  germinate in the autumn.  My only excuse is that I've never tried autumn sweet pea before and I that only joined the Gardner's World site last week.  I hope to do better next year!

Oh what a shame!  I do try to encourage people not to coddle them.

Perhaps all may not be lost, if you nip out the growing tips & we get some cold weather to steady their growth, they may be OK.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 09/11/2012 at 17:29

Yes, just leave them in your plastic mini-greenhouse, they are perfectly hardy and don't need any form of heat.


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