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Posted: 12/08/2013 at 19:03

No problem with bees here,massive crop of Scarlet Emperor runner beans.In fact I would say more bees than usual going into the flowers and pollinating .

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 12/08/2013 at 18:58

Evening all,

Just seen your suggestion from last night Fairgirl,for tying up my banana plant,that seems a good idea,now I,ve just got to hope it does,nt get any taller or I won,t get it through the greenhouse door.Measured last night 3 inch clearance at the moment,fingers crossed.

Always a shock to loose a tree that way Mrs Garden,you will have to look on it as an opportunity to plant something new.


Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 20:59

Yes Fairygirl,my banana is in a pot,we do have a sack truck,so I think we could use that,but I think the problem is going to be the increased width and height of it(sorry did not explain that well earlier),


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 19:06

Have a good look at neighbouring gardens,what are they growing sucessfuly? any ideas you can pinch from them?.Are you friendly with them?any chance of cuttings etc?

Otherwise low shrubs would probably be the best option,lavender suggestion sounds good.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 18:59

I grow both types of bean,I think the runner beans are my favourite,great results this year with Red Emperor.



Posted: 11/08/2013 at 18:57

Hello Michelle,and welcome to the forum,lots of friendly people here to help,all ranges of gardening know how from beginner to expert,so just ask.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/08/2013 at 18:47

Evening all,

Glorious day,blue skies and sunshine with a gentle breeze.

We purchased a red banana Ensete Maurelii last year,last winter we were able to carry it to the greenhouse,but is has grown so fast this year,this may not be possible this winter.Anyone have experience of overwintering in the garden?,it is such a lovely plant I would,nt want to loose it.

Just noticed small butternut squash have rotted at the base,look like some more may be forming,hope these stay put.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:25

Well done Fairygirl,

Wish I could do the same with snakes,next door came round with one in a bucket that her cat had bought in,she was on her way to release it in a field behind us,did I want to go with her?............NO WAY!  .I am terrified of snakes,could hardly look into the bucket in the first place.


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:22

Morning everyone,

Colder.grey skies and quite windy here this morning,it has rained overnight which saves the morning watering rounds.

Runner beans are now needing picking every day and the french beans are so prolific I am giving some to my neighbours.

My clematis star this year has been Pilau,which I have had for several years,but this year it has been spectacular.climbing over two obelisks and a small trellis section.Double flowers of a dusky shade of pink.My all time favourite however is Nellie Moser(think thats how you spell it)mainly for sentimental reasons as it always grew over my Grandmothers cottage porch.


Posted: 08/08/2013 at 21:35

Totally agree Verdun,

I could not bear to grow for competitions where carrots are measured religiously for length and everything has to be as big as possible.

The best rule about gardening is there are no rules.

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