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Posted: 13/07/2017 at 09:17

@ Mooresthemerrier ... this may be of interest 

runner beans

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 09:12

Mike .... There's no such thing as 'male' runner bean flowers    ... all runner bean flowers are 'hermaphrodite' ... however they do need the intervention of insects to move the pollen from the male stamens to the female stigma within the same flower.  

French beans do not need the intervention of insects for this to happen.  Crosses between French beans and runner beans have been developed to overcome the problems of poor pollination while still keeping the flavour of the runner beans.

More info here  

4 in 1 evergreen

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:52
leesimon17 says:

.... what do you think?

See original post

 I think you should relax, pour yourself something long and cool and cultivate a little patience ... gardeners need a lot of it 

As has been said ... you've done all you can .... what you need now is time .............  this is my lawn last autumn after treating for moss and scarifying

This is the only photo I have of the same lawn this summer  but you can see from the shape of the beds that it's the same one .... green and lush ...  all I did was scatter some seed, water and wait.  

Really, I don't think you have any need to worry ... enjoy your garden.  

P.S.  I try to leave the daisies ... we like them and so do the bees

Last edited: 13 July 2017 08:56:54

6ft + what to plant

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:38

Salix?  How big is the garden and how close to the house and drains is the planting site?  Very few salix are a good idea in a 'normal sized' garden.  

Planting roses now!

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:36

Prepare the ground well and plant them now 

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Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:34

Some of you have popped in whilst I was typing ... hello everyone  ... BL, hope all goes well ... have a good journey.  

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Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:31

I promise I will be careful folks   after all, there's still tennis to watch 

I'll put some beef short ribs into the slow cooker with some good things to make Asian-style sticky beef ribs to have with some noodles and stir-fried chard, then the bedroom needs a bit of a dust and a polish and the vacuum waved around, and there's dead heading to be done ... that should be enough for my  first day of 'getting back to normal' 

I hope the building work settles down NannyB, and that you and your OH can relax again soon.  

help, plant dying

Posted: 13/07/2017 at 08:09

Hi Shiunlo 

Thank you for your message in which you said  "I know its a hebe because I still have the tag, I only had the plant for a few months. I don't know much about plant, without the tag, I wouldn't have had a slightest clue of what this plant is. So, if it is a hebe should I still repot?"

It is a plant best suited to growing outside in the garden  - it will not be happy in the house ... it is often used in rock gardens ... I would repot it into a bigger pot ... at least twice the diameter of the one that it's in ... using a loamy compost with lots of grit to make it drain freely.  

Then put it into a sheltered spot outside.  Only water when the compost an inch below the surface is dry ... to check this stick your finger into the compost up to the first joint ... it's a good way to test.  Stop when the water runs out of the bottom of the pot and then let the water drain out ... don't water again until it's dry with the Finger Test.  

I hope that will help your plant recover.  

Good luck 

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Posted: 13/07/2017 at 07:09

Good morning all 

Wall to wall blue skies and sunshine here ... It looks as if we're in fo a glorious day. 

OH is off to work ... It'll be my first day on my own without The Boot. I'm itching to start real work in the garden, but I've promised I'll take it steady 

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Posted: 13/07/2017 at 07:01

@ Nanny B. ... If it's of any help we had new soffits fitted all around this house when we bought it ... No structural work involved at all. It was one of the last jobs the builder did. Hope that helps. 

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