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Good morning Verdun Yes, a little rain would be fine - but if you've taken over Magic Wand duties, can you leave the rain until after I've finished in the garden today please - today is the only day I'll have to do any proper work in the garden for the next two weeks!!! My social life is picking up
My courgettes are still only producing male flowers. Even in the rotten summer we had last year we were eating courgettes by now - last year I grew Parador F1 . This year I couldn't find the seed at the GC so bought Soleil F1 but so far not a patch on Parador. I shall be seeking out Parador early for next year.
Do the pods look like these http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3546/3674713163_6fe16c2f08.jpg
Do the leaves look like these http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs18/f/2007/177/d/0/Peony_Leaves_by_nenya.jpg
Do the flowers look like any of these https://www.google.com/search?q=peony+flower&rlz=1C1SVEE_enGB425GB425&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DoPrUYq1J6iW0AXL2oCIDg&ved=0CFQQsAQ&biw=1241&bih=584
If so these are peonies, not roses. If you don't want to propagate from seed, then cut the seedheads off and leave the plants alone - they hate being messed about with and flower best with benign neglect.
However, peonies only flower once a year, but are glorious when they do
That's good to know - I was wondering how you were getting on - enjoy your beans
Can the bamboo thinning/removal wait until the autumn when the bumbles will no longer be there?
I'm sure it's just a matter of time
Have you tried misting the flowers? That can sometimes help the flowers to set - the air will have been very dry recently.
Which variety are you growing?
I cut most of mine down, but save a few really good ones to let them set seed, then when ripe I scatter the seed where I want it to go - it usually produces lots of little plants that can be transplanted next spring.
Good morning all Deadheading and cutting back is the plan for today here too. It's cool and overcast so at least I won't fry.
Hello folks no gardening today as I've been parent-visiting - tomorrow there's lots to do out there, including preparing the broad bean patch for some Swiss Chard to be sown, and cutting back of the perennials that've flowered.
We also have to block a hole in the fence as the magpie murdering cat has become a blackbird butcher