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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:28

Famous last words, Penninepetal, as said by the (in)famous Michael Fish!

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:24

Thanks David.  Bank Holiday?  Looks a bit (more) waterlogged down here.  Again. 

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 22:21

Thanks for that.  I'll give it a go - tho' unlikely to be able to do anything for a couple of days if the weather forecast is anything to go by

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 20:08

I think so - but I've never had it before so I'm open to suggestion!

Fungus on peas

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:52

Usually my peas are harvested in late July/early August.  But this year, with the odd weather we have had, they are several weeks late.  For the first time, I have found them becoming covered in white mould - the pods and leaves, although the peas themselves are, thus far, unaffected.  I expect that the cropping will be shorter than usual, and intend to pick and then freeze the surplus rather than let the crop be ruined.  (A bit of a shame really, since the sweetness of fresh peas is beyond anything you can buy.)

Has anyone else experienced this?  Any comments/remedies?

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:40

Hello David.  I have been disappointed with my SPs this year - the first flush of flowers was pretty good but it's been downhill all the way since then.  I have to put it down to such poor weather, especially here in the West Country.  Light levels have been low, sunlight has been in poor supply with exception of the odd few days here and there, and my plants are now way beyond their best.  Out with them, and looking forward to next year!

I bought seed from a local(ish) specialist, but the results weren't a patch on Eagle seeds.  Even allowing for the poor weather, I have to agree with you regarding the quality  seed (and no, I'm not advertising, just passing on personal experience). 

Oh, well - it's the looking forward that keeps us gardeners young (I think ).  And who knows, by this time next year, I may have managed to complete the move that we had hoped would have been completed by now!  So - autumn sowing it is - and fingers crossed for a better summer next year!



What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/08/2012 at 19:29

Yesterday was better than predicted - a few sharp showers, but nothing to write home about.  Today?  Dry and perfect for getting in the garden.  Weeded all that stuff that has taken hold in the damp conditions .  OH mowed the lawns.  Picked courgettes ( some of which have turned into small marrows!) and peas - perfect with lamb rump served perfectly pink!  Son away for the weekend, so shall do the weekly family roast tomorrow - and the forecast is for wall-to-wall rain.  One step forward, two steps back!

Oh - and I sorted out the herb garden today.  Sage has gone mad.  It had over-run the thyme causing die-back.  And who said that slugs and snails don't like the fragrant herbs?  I found countless crunchies and slimies lurking - all dealt with by secateurs and crunching underfoot.  Yuk!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/08/2012 at 19:43

Glad the foot is better, Frank.  Must be the scones, jam and clotted cream!

It's been an odd day here - cloudy for much of the time, with some good doses of brightness and even sunshine.  "They" said it would rain - heavily.  We've had a quick shower or two - but nothing to speak of.  I would like to think that "they" had got it wrong for the weekend (well, Saturday and Monday, actually) but knowing our luck, it will perform to order - rain, wind, rain . . .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 21:01

Oh, Frank - gout is sooooo Victorian   Or was it Georgian?  Dunno - but unpleasant nevertheless.

Tell you what - I'll send you some virtual Somerset scones with the necessary jam/clotted cream combo.  May not cure it - but still tastes good and helps you forget your ills!

Sunshine and showers again today - but overall, not a bad day.  I've seen the weather map (the proper one with isobars and fronts rather than the cow-pat brown and beige ones) and it looks a bit iffy, to say the least, for the weekend.  Oh, well - it is a bank holiday, so what could we expect?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:17

Seemed OK today - bits of sunshine, quite a lot of cloud, but breezy, so did lots of washing.  It was nearly dry when the heavens opened - a real deluge!  I got soaked getting stuff off the line.  Half an hour later it had all dried up.  Yup - that's the great British weather for you Jan 58! 

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