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Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:53

All part of the big learning curve Kitty...

Our season's a bit later than the south so growth depends on how much warmth we get through June - usually not very much! On the plus side, sweet peas are often still flowering into October. 

To be honest, the weather has made things tricky for a lot of plants, no matter which part of the country you live in. We had an extremely dry spring here, and lots of plants struggled because they weren't watered. We never need to water at that time of year as March and April are usually cold and wet, so I didn't think of doing it!   


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:47

I'm sitting here agreeing with so much of what's been said. Religion is used to justify terror, when it's  an excuse.

Perspective is exactly right too. 

At work today, we were discussing some of these brilliant programmes, like the Brian Cox one just now, and how people in remote areas tackle raging rivers and sheer cliffs to harvest food etc. I said 'I know, and only the other day I was frustrated at not being able to find small green bananas'....

We really don't know how lucky we are.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:24

I love your first ones Kitty  

I have Beaujolais which is very similar. They look nice and healthy which is the most important thing. 

Mine are around 2 to 3 feet - that's about normal for us at this time of year. The Cupanis are a bit smaller anyway. 

Laying turf over compacted hardcore

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:21

HI Laura, I can't open your attachments, but it doesn't really matter. You'll need to break the hardcore up before putting your soil on top. Unfortunately, drainage is important for grass to do well, so even if you're in a  fairly dry area, excess rain will just 'sit' on top of the hardcore, making the soil boggy, which in turn will  make the grass unhappy. It'll be worse during winter. 

A good bit of digging with a fork to loosen it all might  be enough, but if it's been a driveway, it'll be very compacted, so you may need to do a lot more than that to make it a viable base.

I think it may need something heavier duty than a fork!  

Ooh - Bob's put the pic on  

Plant identification

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:05

I think the Eleagnus is a good shout Hosta. I opened the pic in a separate image which was better. Some of the foliage does look a bit silvery underneath. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:00

Looks pretty good from here Gardenfantic   

Lovely mix of planting you have. Good for the soul isn't it? We're always a bit further behind up here, but things are starting to shift now. I can send you some of our rain if you like...

My Ligularia has some buds forming Perki. I always look forward to it's big orangey daisies. They're great plants. Mine is fairly sheltered from the wind. It's in a pot until it goes into it's new location  

Thank you pp. Not sure why your post didn't appear but glad you updated us!

That's interesting re the colours ...are you saying I'm a suffragette?.....

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 08:10

Bumping again for hh 

Sweet Pea

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 08:08

There's a bit of slug damage there, but that's mainly leaf miner damage.

I've bumped up the specialist sweet pea thread hh if you want some advice from David as to how to improve the problems...if it's possible 

I'm sure he'll be around later   

Last edited: 15 July 2016 08:09:04

gardens in west scotland/ cornwall /devon

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 08:04

You're right T'bird. Not sure where I got shoal from - must have been the subconscious connection!

They used to be closed on a Wednesday. We arrived on my birthday once, hoping for a nice birthday treat..

We seem to have moved lightly from the topic...apologies..

Here are the swans at Melfort.  


I love a swan - couldn't eat a whole one... 

Camera Talk

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 07:59

Since the weather's distinctly un- summery, I found a pic or two from previous years to remind us of what we should be seeing!

This was a Red Admiral in my old garden round the corner. Only have a few digital  pix from there - mainly hard copy in ye olden days  

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