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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!



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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!

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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 . . .

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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?


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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! 


Posted: 20/08/2012 at 22:28

Mine have finally made some progress, and a couple have set and the small aubergines are growing.  Hopefully, this won't be too late in the season to get a reasonable harvest.

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Posted: 20/08/2012 at 22:24

First thing this morning th clouds were virtually at treetop height.  Dank, dark and miserable. 

But then - yippee!  It lifted.  The sun broke through.  And we have had a lovely warm day.  Made the most of it, since it is undoubtedly transitory .  Ah, well, if that rotten rain returns (wet stuff, not our poster, Rain) I can always console myself with a cream tea.  Strawberry jam, clotted cream, plain scones, Lapsang Souchong:  heaven.

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Posted: 19/08/2012 at 23:26

Ah, yes - we must be grateful, Leggi.  The countryside here is beautiful, and the price we pay for our bit of a "green and pleasant land" is the copious amount of rainfall.  At least the moor (when the cloud lifts) is just about at its best right now - purple with heather, with golden gorse, making it look like a sumptuous patchwork.  And on the plus side, when it comes to gardening, I can grow all sorts of things that would be considered tender in other parts of the country.  (I even left - well, forgot about to be honest - a succulent houseplant out last winter - can't think of its proper name, but we call it the money plant) and it survived and thrived!

And Frank - a Somerset cream tea adds inches to the waist just thinking about it!  (I think the difference between Somerset and Devon is the order in which you put the clotted cream and jam on the scone.  Makes no odds to me - it all tastes divine!).

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Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:51

Well, Frank it would be so boring if our weather was predictable.  Whatever would we find to talk about?  And as for the weather forecasters - I sometimes think they must rely on the odd bits of seaweed outside the back door!  Certainly cheaper than the multi-million poundsworth of computers, anyway - and just about as accurate!

Lavender for lavender bags

Posted: 19/08/2012 at 22:46

Cut them in early to full flower when the weather is dry - preferably in the morning to get the best of the fragrance (or so my book tells me).  I have had to take advantage of the odd days of dry weather, but have several bunches hanging up and drying quite nicely.  I must confess that I can't be bothered with the sewing involved in making lavender bags, but use short lengths of old tights, securely knotted (!) for quick lavender bags.  The linen cupboard and winter woollies benefit - and even if the "bags" don't look pretty, they do the job!

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