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Posted: 21/07/2013 at 08:33

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 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 08:06

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.

Peony roses pruning

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:45

Do the pods look like these 

Do the leaves look like these 

Do the flowers look  like any of these 

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 

French beans

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:28

That's good to know - I was wondering how you were getting on - enjoy your beans 

Bees in ground?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:25

Can the bamboo thinning/removal wait until the autumn when the bumbles will no longer be there?

Cosmos petals

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:20

I'm sure it's just a matter of time 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:13

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?


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:08

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. 


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 07:06

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.  

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 20/07/2013 at 21:06

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 


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Please put out a shallow dish of water!

Small mammals are not enjoying the heatwave 
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Brown patch on lawn

Yet another cause of brown patches on lawn identified 
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How to get around the current problem .... 
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Visit to the Old Vicarage Gardens, East Ruston, Norfolk. 19/07/14

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A perennial for a shady, long and very narrow border

Suggestions welcome 
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Caterpillar ID

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Last Post: 04/06/2014 at 17:27

ID please

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Slug Pubs - research opportunity

Which beer is best? 
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Plant in need of ID

Does anyone recognise this? 
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Hazels looking for a home

Free plants for Norfolk/North Suffolk gardeners 
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Under-gardener Award

Sometimes they really deserve a pat on the back 
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Visit to Bressingham Gardens Tuesday 20th May

Yes, that soon!!! 
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World Naked Gardening Day

Did you participate? 
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Last Post: 09/05/2014 at 08:02

Decision of the day

..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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