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Gardens we have visited 2013

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 23:21

I've been trying for over 12 months to get friends to visit gardens with me but no takers.

Gardenings one of those things, you either like it or you don't and most of my friends don't. They'd would rather spend a weekend away doing other stuff. We did go and see a botanic garden in Durham last year but it was on the way home and me thought...to keep Zoomer happy. I tried to link in the Harrogate show with a weekend in york but was found out and we went somewhere else.

So tonight, bit the bullet and booked a two day trip to visit Kew and to see a guy's garden in Windsor, called Seville. It's not till the end of September and the GH will be closed at Kew but watched David Bellamy's programme about Kew and it was really good. Hope I'm not disappointed.   

 

Garden sculpture

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 22:36

 someone did ask cody to post when the site was up and running, such was the interest . Me thinks this one is the exception to the rule. Cody is a long running poster....and anyone who wants to view the site wil do over the next few days...no harm done...

Thanks cody. Happy gardening. 

Garden sculpture

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 21:58

They are fabulous, cody. The indoor one's would look nice as a feature in any room, will be paying the site a further visit

Sunflower Assist

Posted: 08/07/2013 at 21:45

Give them a little time they'll need to acclimatize to your growing conditions, they'll also need some support if not dwart plants. If they have flower heads forming now though, they sound like dwarf one's and will be smiling up at you when in bloom 

 

Potatoes falling over

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 23:02

It's quite normal if the plants don't have support.

I put cane supports in the bags with twine wrapped round the canes before the spuds start to grow, spuds grown in bags tend to grow taller than those grown in the ground and can be blown over by the wind or simply because they've got top heavy.

They could also be dying back ready for harvest.

flowers failing to open

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 22:00

bigolob. There did appear to be less on sale, here too. I look at GC's stock to guage how well mine are growing and their's were similar to mine this year, which is unusual, GC's one's are normally romping away. 

If you sow back up plants, a couple of weeks after the first lot have germinated and don't plant all out at the same time, you have a wider window for success. Your later sowing will also go on producing more veg when the first on'e have been exhausted.    

Biennials

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:35

I sow cornflowers at the same time as sweet pea in the GH. They've over wintered 2 out of the past 3 years, you need to fleece them if the temp drops to low. Can't remember which variety I grow but the flowers are blue/purple in colour.

Don't be lulled into trying 'snowman', that one didn't get through this winter. 

Blue Lake Climbing Beans- Very late to flower??

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:24

Fidgetbones.I'm also trying Hyacinth beans and Black Eye Cowpea apparently they are sensitve to heat changes, your beans might be the same. 

I've plenty of seeds left to try again next year...might try growing them in the plastic GH  next year if they don't do well...nothing ventured, nothing gained....

Happy growing

Red and white currants....

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 21:06

Don't think there's enough for jelly, maybe next year, I took some cuttings and most have rooted. Freezing sounds a good plan and strawberry jam sounds yummie with scones and cream.

I've tried to plug the gap, two pigeons were in the garden today until they so me, the cat is currantly on guard duty and the blueberries are on the naughty step   

Red and white currants....

Posted: 07/07/2013 at 00:11

Hi,

This is my first successful crop of currants when the birds haven't got them and I'm every so pleased with them  but me thinks I'm on borrowed time. I've pruned the top branches off to allow sun in, netted them but there's a gap of 1ft at the bottom of the netting frame. Second line of defence against birds are several children's brightly coloured windmills spinning in the wind. Hope they aren't all eaten by the morning, I've only had one bunch.

The red currants are begining to all change colour, making it obvious to see when reds will be ready, will the white one's be ready at the same time?

Do you pick them all at once or can some be left on the plant for a later picking? They were left to late last year and the birds got to them

How long do they keep and what is the best way to keep them?

There's only so many currants one can eat in a week

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