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Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:06

Don't pick any rhubarb this year Forester.  Keeping it well watered, fed and mulched will help produce a strong plant for next year.

Not sure rhubarb in a pot is a great idea LorraineP. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:03

Chicky, yes.  When each flowered stem has finished cut it back right to the ground. However. Look out for smaller flower spikes emerging on those flowered stems and cut back to them.  Then cut back to ground when they have finished.  I take off all heavy stems leaving just soft growth. I also often divide them and pot them up.

A tidy up ...removing rotting debris and possible lurking snails (lupins seem to get attacked by a lot of tiny snails at this point) ........and a feed  of fish blood and bone will prepare them for an even better show next year.

Yes, maybe a bit like haircut for your geraniums, which I do every year in mid summer

Best runner bean

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:48

Already mentioned runners on hello FORKERS but this year growth is way, way down on previous years. Growing St George for a change.....always had white stringless before which were excellent.  Would expect beans to be at top of frame by now, viz., 6 or 7' buf right now they are barely 2' .  Slightly embarrassing cos I grow great beans and loads of them but just have a large framework with tiddly  beans at the base   They are growing more quickly now but........!!!!

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:38

Lovely pics folks 

What hand tools do you recommend?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:37

Kjdintown, good morning.

Whatever you get go for stainless steel tools.  Also for good quality.  Some stainless steel, ESP spades, are made of thin, bendy metal.  

(my best hand tools are my hands and fingers.  So useful and effective but I often have damaged fingers because of my impatience) 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:32

Hmmmmmm!  Rain.  Warm rain tho!  It's such a nuisance cos I wanted to water the lawn 

......oh, forecast is better.  Just heard some sun is likely ....

Not the best runner beans I have grown.  They are barely 50 cm tall whereas this time last year they were 6 or 6' high.  Used to sow beans early and be picking loads in mid June.  I would have a big foliage screen 20' by 7' by now.  Whether its the variety......St George, for first time.....or the weather I don't know.  Always grew white varieties with great success. Be interested to know how other folks' beans are this year.  

Some Heucheras are HUGE this year but, again, the yellow varieties just don't do well for me. Don't think I can provide enough shade ...we have such bright light down here and this may be the reason.  Shame...I love the yellow varieties.  Now growing a couple in pots in shade by the house.  I can grow them this way so will accept this situation now.

Hace nice bank holiday folks 

Plants

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 08:15

Samantha, that looks very much like rust.....it will get worse so I would dig it up. 

Is this a second or third year plant?  Often first year plants are more resistant to rust.  I grew huge specimens against a wall for a few years until the dreaded rust appeared. I grew them as annuals for a year or two after that but then stopped growing them.

 

Mony Don

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:56

Monty does make mistakes......squeezing a huge bamboo into a pot made no sense to me and his way of shoving shrubs into pots as bedding too irks.   His habit of changing his mind about his planting schemes according to his whim is not re assuring

He did a good  job presenting Chelsea but where were the plants?  Did I miss a programme?  The programmes just got repetitive as week went on.

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:48

Not convinced about grit and sand deterring slugs.  The Towans...and beach...is just a few minutes from me and the sandy paths are littered with slugs.  Physical removal is the only way to control them.

New favourite plants

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 17:43

Heuchera Obsidion is almost black.  Dahlia twynings After Eight has black foliage.  Scabious chili black has black flowers. Some tulips too.  I have a near black hellebore. ....well dadk purple really. 

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