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Ugh? Are they trailing million bells?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 12:16

Well, at least if they're in hanging baskets they won't spread like mad all over the garden, as physalis tends to do 

Help me turn this into something less ugly

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:18

Have a look here - this is the clearest explanation of what to do that I've come across  

You can use a wooden trellis or a wire one on battens, or fix strong wires to the wall, but the principle's the same, train the rose so that you get the canes as near to horizontal as possible, and it'll cover itself with blooms.


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 11:10

I cut the flowering spike off (about 6" below bottom of bloom) as soon as the flowers are finished.  Then (hopefully) we may get a second flush of bloom.  This also helps prevent heavy rainstorms from bashing them about quite as much and splaying open the stems, which is what I presume has happened.  I also use wire plant supports (the circular ones) which I place over the lupins as they start to grow - these are soon hidden by the foliage and give really good support. 


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:12

Lovely spot Fidget - I stayed somewhere very near there some 44 years ago!  

The apartment we had this year was 'up the hill' by Barnoon cemetery - absolutely wonderful views and the walk up Virgin Street and past Salubrious Terrace is certainly a good work out to counteract the pasties and cream teas 

Sowing Peas

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 10:01

I'd sow an early variety (early = quick to crop) direct outside - no need to sow under cover now. 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 09:19

Oriental vegetables like Pak choi and the various types of mustard leaves are best sown after mid-summer as they tend not to bolt so easily.

I've just sown beetroot for harvesting small, and Swiss chard Lucullus, which will be ready to harvest this autumn and should last over the winter to give pickings in mild spells and some more in the spring.

Kelvedon Wonder peas can be sown now for a crop in September.

And of course, Little gem lettuce sown now will give you a crop in Aug/Sept.   


Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:27

G'day Pat - yes I'm back to 'normal' now (whatever that is ).

Fidget, we almost always go to Cornwall - had a brilliant time in St Ives the other week - the weather was glorious.  We've already made a provisional booking for the same apartment for next year. 

Better get the first load of washing out ........... 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:21

I've just looked at your photos again.  I plant my kale and broccoli plants at least 50cm apart in all directions.  They grow into huge plants.  They need firming in well.  I stake mine with tomato canes to prevent them being buffetted by the wind - they don't like that. 

Name the vegetables!

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 08:16

I'd go with kale, broccoli and cabbage, although the first one could be another variety of broccoli - some of them have more 'crinkly' leaves than others.  

Yes. you can eat broccoli leaves - they'll do you no harm - but removing the leaves will weaken the plant and it needs all its strength to produce lots of lovely spears of sprouting broccoli in the spring.  By the time the plants are ready to harvest next year you'll be able to tell what they are.

Your broccoli plants will look like this when they are ready to harvest

and curly kale plants will look like this

The kale should be ready to harvest some time after Christmas - then the sprouting broccoli will follow after that.  

I build a frame of fine meshed netting over and around mine to keep the cabbage white butterflies and pigeons off - otherwise they'll eat them all. 

Last edited: 25 June 2016 08:17:21

Plant ID ?

Posted: 25/06/2016 at 06:20

I'd go with clematis from that picture. 

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