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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:59

Still bright sunny days & cold nights here in the Midlands.

Marvellous what a few consecutive days of dry weather can do....a few weeks ago Cheltenham race course was flooded. Now (according to today's news) course officials say it it's in better condition than ever.......in fact, they may have to water it.

Camera Corner

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 16:50

Don't be disappointed with your efforts, KEF...I really liked the one with patterned glass in the background and it's good to see you getting the best out of your close-up skills.  

Camera Corner

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 15:08

http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0259.jpg

 

Yes, Tracy.....this one is about 8ft tall and is always loaded with beautiful double flowers...sadly they never have any scent,

Camera Corner

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 14:12

FAO Ashleigh.

Ashleigh, I really recommend you take a look at this camera, with the view to a future purchase.

Although it ticks all the boxes for me, but I did take the trouble to asks a few camera club members at last night's meeting and they all agreed it is a fantastic quality camera.

www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/cameras/digital-cameras/compact-digital-cameras/panasonic-lumix-dmc-tz35-compact-digital-camera-black-21312106-pdt.html?intcmpid=display~RR~Cameras~21312106

 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 13:26

That's a fair point, Lizzie.....TBH, I've never succeeded with overwintering broad beans either. I put this down to my heavy cold/clay soil.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 10:45
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Wow! David! Half mine haven't germinated, did all that I should have done according to advice. They were going straggly on a windowsill in a cool room, now are in a cold frame. I used loo roll middles which are starting to fall apart. Silly me! They are bio-degradable ones!

 

Going back to basics, mine are never indoors at any time, they are just too hardy and react by romping away.

I just sow the seed in late October/early November in a cold greenhouse. As soon as the seed has germinated, then they go into a cold-frame.....even the lid isn't closed unless very extreme frosts are expected and there they stay until planting out time.

On reflection, I'm beginning to wonder if either sowing as above, or just sowing the seed in situ would be best.  

I know this works, but if anyone feels like trying an experiment, try sowing the seed where they are to flower in the autumn. The main setback with this is protecting from slugs & snails and probably birds.

Frost & snow will never be a problem.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:47

PS. protect from slugs 'n snails.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:43

Good luck with them, Tracy.

I feel you give them too much care....you'd be appalled by the way I neglect mine during the winter.

     
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/DSCN0866.jpg

 I haven't taken any pics of this year's, but this (from another year) is how they are looking at present.

 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:35
Louise Stevenson wrote (see)

i think they look beautiful in garden ut i like a cottagey look, david,sorry i put question in other sp thread, wondered what else you let grow where you plant your sweet peas, i put few spring bulbs in 1 bed, but where i plan to put others it's full of perennials, should i dig alll up or just make bit of room and let perennials grow roud base?

Hi, Louise....I grow my own SPs in the vegetable garden, purely as a crop to be harvested.

I feel if grown as a decorative garden plant they will seed prematurely and thus not last very long.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 08:29

Tracy, I need to guess a little in answering your query, because I've never grown SPs anywhere other than in the open ground and that is deeply dug & mucked in the autumn. All I can do is suggest you plant them in the deepest pots you can provide.

If they are as 'sad' as you say, just nip out the growing tip & plant them out now. Unless they have been coddled, they should cope with any cold weather except for very cold winds.

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