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Anyone addicted?

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 11:23

I start this thread in a light-hearted way. I wonder if any of us worry that visiting these pages is becoming a serious addiction.

When I used the (now closed) Archers' forum, people used to make no secret of the fact they would get up in the middle of the night to read messages.

One particular worried poster even visited his doctor to discuss the matter, because he was turning down (much needed) overtime at work.  

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 10:19

 Thanks, rosemummy..and all grown according to my 'advice' .....was having a pretty rubbish day anyway, now it's complete.

Deadheading

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 08:52

There is definitely a correct way to deadhead and although I may be a bit slap-happy in some things I do in the garden, I do deadhead with care.

To save a lot of explanation, this RHS advice about covers it:

 http://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=129

Monty Don.

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 21:12

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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:45

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53576.jpg?width=512&height=350&mode=max

 Some coleus I picked up for a quid at a little 'open all hours' corner shop.

Growing Roses

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 20:38

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/53574.jpg?width=265&height=350&mode=max

 

Camera Corner

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 18:27
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c186/DavidKnapper/d937dbc6-1a43-4117-821f-f2bd989b10fa_zps8340925c.jpg

 

Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 08:26

I've grown 'Painted Lady' several times and found that although the red & white flowers have some decorative appeal, it cannot compete with modern-day  varieties...the pods become tough if not picked very young i.e. 5 or 6in long.

This was a popular choice in Victorian times and it is reckoned to be grown as a decorative plant in the 1600's.

Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 19:46

Snap! My first sowing (*May 12th) failed too, Dove. I re-sowed towards the end of May, these are at the top of their sticks and in flower.....maybe they'll be a week or so behind, but I know they'll be cropping well at the same time as most of us.

*May 12th sowing date has been passed down to me from previous generations.

 

Runner Beans AGAIN

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 19:25

My pennyworth: Flowers dropping during hot, dry weather is common...misting on hot days can be beneficial.

Runner beans reach their peak of production when the nights get cooler, usually in another month or so...which is why I sometimes wonder why people sow the seed so early in the year, when they run the risk of losing them to late frosts.

Birds do peck-off the flowers, but this seems to be more prevalent with red flowered varieties and I haven't known it to be a big problem.

I would definitely recommend growing the white flowered variety 'White Lady'. These are proven to set well in hot weather, are less attractive to birds and have a superb taste & are stringless.

I'm on commission. btw.

 

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