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Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:35

I didn't grow sweet peas last year and missed them.  I like to grow them in one colour and by mid summer I have a wigwam of white flowers and another of red.   Always go for scented too. 

As an experiment I compared autumn with spring sown sweet peas for a few years and I concluded early spring sown were best.  They grew without any check in growth.  Autumn sown seemed to produce more foliage too...??  

I always pinch back shoots.....does anyone find this makes a real difference though?  

Far from an expert on sweet peas....know nothing of varieties, for example.....but usually germination is rapid without any form of chitting, etc.

What do you all think are the best scented varieties?

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:17

Oh yes lily. I do, I do, I do 

Rosemary Bush

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 20:16

Tomsk,

In mid spring or in summer simply tear off some of the newer growth.....I like to get a heel.  I trim it back neatly and put into a 9cm pot of half perlite and half multi purpose compost.  I would take about 9.  Water in well.  Put in 3 thin sticks taller than the cuttings.  cover with polythene bag.  Put in warm spot out of direct sunlight.  After a couple of weeks or three remove poly bag.  They should root before summer's end.  

I would not plant another rosemary where the old one was.

Pruning a 25 year old Jasmine officinale severely

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:27

Dove, dove dove.  That's far too small.  Pepper's wall is a lot bigger than 4cm....doh!   You will need hundreds of those.   

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 19:22

Not strange at all Lily.    I don't like toad in the hole.....prob the very name of it....but I do like sausages amd Yorkshire puddings.  

Oh, someone else brought in donuts for me today at foodbank.  Puzzle that.  How do people know I like donuts?  One of those mysteries of life 

Pruning a 25 year old Jasmine officinale severely

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 18:42

Hiya Pepper

You can prune this drastically back....something I have done to rejuvenate it.  I would prune back to sturdy self standing framework or hard back and lean it away from the wall until rebuilt.  

I would use galvanised wires and screw in eyes.  are you allowed to do that to the new  wall?  You won't need more than 3 or 4 wires.

After attaching to framework I would apply a generous granular feed.  

Grasses

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:58

Ever tried pennisetum Villosum Matty?  I love this one.  Bit different to the others.

(slightly more tender I guess)

Small nurseries online

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:56

Oh, plants for Small Gardens will include a free plant too with every order. 

Still need convincing about eBay but........

Standard red robin - poorly!!!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:54

Hiya Jess

I grow,this variety too.  

I wonder if vine weevils were the culprit.

I am determined to keep my Pink Marble compact so I pruned back quite hard in its first,year and since.  

Just re read,your post and now think caterpillars or snails were the nibblers.  Weevils tend to eat notches and dont "decimate" leaves like that.....in my experience anyway.  tiny snails in late summer can wreak havoc but caterpillars were a maor menace last year on a wide range of plants.

I would use nematodes Jess in the spring assuming snail damage

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 17:40

You're thinking of Ribena KEF. 

Amazing change of weather.  Was nice and bright but now it's dark.......oops!  

Plants in GH and conservatory needed watering. Cuttings in trays potted into separate pots now including pelargoniums, osteospermums, penstemons, salvias and agastaches.  

Can this mild winter continue?  No really cold weather yet.....tempting fate?  

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