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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 16:45

I knew David would give you the info Lou. I'm sure what I said was a load of rubbish!  


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 16:40
punkdoc wrote (see)


Right off to check the budget, to see if I am any better off.

Yeah - well good luck with that doc.....


Busy day at work. Very cold  wind here but washing was still attached when I came home -just!

Love that white Camellia Pam. I'm sure you don't really want it , and I could give it a good home....

Hornbeam Hedge

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 12:48

I'd protect them as best you can Dave. The little *******  will eat almost anything - or try to - despite what  the books will tell you. You can get tree guards quite cheaply or make cages with mesh and canes to keep them away until the hedge is established enough to fend for itself.

Can you tell I've done that before?   

If it's any consolation - they don't eat snowdrops or daffodils!


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 12:42

I can get any amount of **** that I want because I work at an equestrian centre! Got a good few bags down on the newly created beds last summer and covered them, so I'll be taking a look at them soon. Some went in the new compost bin as well and the compost is looking quite good too. 

You're right about the white camellias Verd - I had  a very pale pink one in a previous garden and it was the same. They can get decimated here when it's wet and windy - which it usually is when they're flowering.

But - in a darkish corner and viewed from the house on a dull day...they are beautiful 


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 08:23

Oh just buy one Dove - you know you want to ....

and with that - I'm putting my coat on and going to work! 

advice please

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 07:58

As chicky has said - they form their buds during late summer and shouldn't be short of water at that time. Bearing in mind the hot summer last year perhaps they were a bit thirsty. Frosts at this time of year can affect foliage, especially if it's sited where it gets early morning sun, but since we've had a mild winter it's unlikely. Cold winds can also cause  browning though, so perhaps that has caused the discolouration.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 07:49

Hi LouatL - I think you take off the side shoots and encourage a single stem once they're growing well but David will be able to give you accurate info as he's the sweet pea expert on here and grew them for showing. 


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 07:45

Morning all. I'm slightly coveting a white Camellia at the nursery...

Dry here for now but the rain's not far away. Oh well...

Edd - no cake for you if you  don't behave...

Young fairy is very accomplished in the kitchen chick - she just doesn't do it often if I could get her to do the washing, ironing, cleaning, food shopping, dish washing, decorating, mending....

Off for a quick look round before work. Have a lovely day all.


Peter Beales

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 20:10

As far as flower colour's concerned Jim, I'd say purple, but green is my favourite colour - for anything really. The colour of the garden!  

Evergreen climber for east-facing aspect

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 19:35

I have G de M for a bit round by the shed. It's sitting there just now waiting to be planted. It's next to a large pot and some yellow primulas and brightens up that area immensely. I'm considering just putting it in the ground there to grow over the shed.

The white climbing Hydrangea - petiolaris - will grow there but it takes a little time to get going. Beautiful once it's established.

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