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David and the beanstalk

24 May 2017 07:23:31

A few weeks ago, myself and my little grandson were walking back from the local shops when David spotted a discarded pack of butter beans on the ground. They were already opened and I was concerned that he was going to start eating them. But when I warned him he came out with 'No, Gran. We could plant these and see what happens'. Well, that was music to my ears at such a young age.

After having a good look around yesterday I spotted the butter beans coming up through the sweet peas in a big planter by the greenhouse door. It looks like I'm going to have to stick in a taller bamboo cane for support. Can't wait for David to see them at the weekend.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 24 May 2017 07:38:27

David will be thrilled when he see it growing.

Catching up

23 May 2017 21:08:41

Away again this weekend and the garden was like a jungle in just a few days. Yesterday was a family day, so today I dead-headed, watered, ventilated the greenhouse, and fed everything in planters.

I've now given my tomatoes their second feed. All Dahlias and Pelargoniums are outside and are looking super even this early.

Took a few contorted Hazel cuttings a couple of months ago and I reckon they've taken. A couple of years ago I realised that the parent was wasted out in the front garden. So hopefully the magic of the twisted branches will enthrall me no end in the back garden.

My Campsis radicans is looking great too.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 23 May 2017 21:26:55

It is amazing when you are away how things seem to grow. Your display of hostas look wonderful. It is nice to have a few days away and I am sure you enjoyed it.

Jacinta D Jacinta D 23 May 2017 21:45:37

I meant to post a photo of my Campsis. Must change that now.

Michele Maria Michele Maria 23 May 2017 22:20:50

Those hostas are looking so lush. I can't see a single hole either!

Help, please?

18 May 2017 21:19:33

These seedlings are growing away happily on my windowsill. The label is missing (I think David had something to do with that!). Could someone possibly put me out of my misery and tell me what they are, please?  

One of my Auriculas have finally opened after a long spell of neglect. Yay!

accsean accsean 18 May 2017 21:24:20

That Auricula is lovely, Jacinta, and I wouldn't be great at identifying seedlings. I'll leave it to those who know more than me on the subject.

PeterW PeterW 18 May 2017 22:17:00

Nasturtiums??? Lovely Auricula

Jacinta D Jacinta D 18 May 2017 22:25:25

Definitely not Nasturtiums, Peter. They self-seed outside freely. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:39:56

Patience, woman! Let them get their second leaves!!!! To me most seedlings look like baby cabbages at that stage :-) Maybe Davey has the label in his pocket?

Dick Dick 19 May 2017 17:37:17

Again, Jacinta, It's beyond me. As I mentioned the best thing is to wait until it has grown.

Dick Dick 19 May 2017 17:37:18

Again, Jacinta, It's beyond me. As I mentioned the best thing is to wait until it has grown.

fraoch fraoch 19 May 2017 19:42:24

I agree, they're too small to know. They look like Speedwell to me but I'm sure you didn't sow that!

"When Iris Eyes Are Smiling"

17 May 2017 22:06:37

I have quite a number of Iris reticula open at the moment. But this is one that I've really been looking forward to seeing again. No idea of its name, but isn't it a beauty.

Deckyoshea Deckyoshea 17 May 2017 22:46:17

Lovely Jacinta , I just planted one a week ago . I wonder will it produce first year ? Iris always remind me of flying bumble bees 

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 18 May 2017 01:01:29

Looks unusual ,may it increase and multiply.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 May 2017 20:16:22

Lovely and looks a species-not over fussy and elegant falls. I love it.

Scrubber Scrubber 18 May 2017 20:17:48

Dont know why this wont send.

Room for expansion

16 May 2017 21:55:28

At this time of year, when everything is in full growth tree trunks are getting bigger, it's a timely reminder to check that your tree ties are not restricting the essential growth. Let them breathe a sigh of relief, and loosen their ties. Or on more of a personal note, just open the top button of your trousers. LOL

sallysarah sallysarah 17 May 2017 08:02:50

Good advice, Jacinta.  May I remind gardeners to make sure their bird baths are kept full of clean water - I kept ours filled up during that hot fortnight we enjoyed here in the West.  Birds in our garden took full advantage of this facility!!!!!

Jacinta D Jacinta D 17 May 2017 08:44:00

Good advice from you too, Sally. Luckily I don't need to supply them with clean water. They drink and bathe from the ponds.

Fleurette Fleurette 17 May 2017 09:00:27

indeed, Sallysarah, look after the little friends.  If I am away for a few days, and the feeders are empty, the blue tits come knocking at the window..... well, almost!  

Tree ties, Jacinta.  Don't you wince when you see a tree still firmly tied to a stake,.... but,.... its the tree that is supporting the stake!  

And garden experts that are not garden centre owners, (!) advise buying trees only knee high and not staking at all, as the trunk stregthens as it it moves in the wind.  

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 19 May 2017 00:17:39

Thanks for the timely reminder Jas. 


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