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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

Planning planting combinations

Your suggestions? 
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Last Post: 24/03/2014 at 11:57

Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 23:19

Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Last Post: 04/03/2014 at 08:00

Using water from flat roof

Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2014 at 13:28

Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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Last Post: 21/02/2014 at 10:05

The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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Last Post: 22/03/2014 at 12:18

New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Last Post: 31/01/2014 at 10:05

Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Last Post: 27/01/2014 at 20:27

Snowdrop Walk - East Anglia

Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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Last Post: 10/02/2014 at 17:33

New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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Last Post: 03/01/2014 at 17:42

What is this ornamental tree please?

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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 22:12

A Holly Orchard

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Last Post: 28/12/2013 at 14:46

Happy Endings

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Last Post: 23/12/2013 at 17:57

Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Last Post: 06/01/2014 at 08:23

Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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Last Post: 28/11/2013 at 01:00
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