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Chinese red noodle bean pod colour

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:42

Cobra is a climbing French bean. 

They are  long thin green pods and you boil them and eat them whole.

What other variety of bean do you have?


My tropical garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 10:02

I see The exotic garden in Norwich is now open Saturdays and Sundays until October.

His blog says he has a 6ft Salvia Amistad as they had no frost last year.  I saw some at 3 ft last year and they were pretty amazing, 6 ft is mind blowing.

I'm going to take cuttings from the new Salvias I got this year,and then leave the parent plants in the garden to see how hardy they are. A Winter like last year and they will survive. Normal years I would expect frost by November.

My tropical garden

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 09:30

Will Giles garden is amazing.  It looks like a late summer trip.!!!

I.D Required

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:11

very similar flower on catananche and cichorium.  But the cichorium grows 6 ft and flops everywhere, the catanche only grows 2 feet and flops everywhere.

The photos def  Cichorium intybus, as berghill said.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:08

Blackcurrant buns good. Blackcurrant truffles bad. I think the choc overpowered it. Might work with white choc. I will try others later, going out now..

I wont need to water tonight.....The squashes are going goody goody.lots to drink. I might need lots of squash recipes in September. Male flowers are appearing on the top of the sweetcorn, wont be long now...

Bit scary when the big storm ripped through half an hour ago, but its sunny now and the patio is steaming.

If, when and where to use straw?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 18:00

Pumpkin vines will send extra roots down from the leaf axils to help the plant with nutrition. That bit doesn't neeed to be off the ground. The pumpkins can be propped on anything free draining to stop them rotting. Plant pots or upside down blue plastic mushroom trays will do the trick.


Posted: 19/07/2014 at 15:22

Blackcurrant buns in oven. Chocolate truffles (blackcurrant and vodka, whiskey and ginger, tia maria, ) in fridge. Both experimental. we'll see.

I'm off out to a friends tonight so be good you lot. Panda and co will be giddy when they get back.

identity please

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 12:46




saving veg seed

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:48

Beans are easy to save. Carrots and parsnips would take up the ground for two years so no worth it.

_F1 seed will not come true to type.


Should i top my tomato plants?

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 10:46

I stop them at the roof level.

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