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Sunflower Escape

22 June 2009 18:14:15
Sunflower Escape

Sunflower Escape

I took an easy day today. It was very hot. I hosed down the greenhouse but it seems that the plants can't take it either because one of the giant sunflowers is trying to climb out through the roof : )

The poor sunflowers are so tall that their necks are bent and contorted as they scramble along the greenhouse roof looking for the way up. 

The job of carrying plants outdoors daily, for hardening, is now a doddle. Nearly everything is planted so very few need this treatment. Put down netting on the strawberries and made a rhubarb pie from the garden crop.

Oh, nearly forgot, some of the leaves on my tomatoes have gone blue!!! Anyone had that before?

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trug trug 22 June 2009 20:10:50

Not heard about blue tomatoes, but I am a complete novice anyway. Mine look as if they have wind burn. Is this possible? (no greenhouse, so they are planted out. Maybe I should have protected them somehow?)

shelser shelser 22 June 2009 20:39:12

Leave your plants out on the warm nights. They will become hardened more quickly and less stress for you. Blue tomatoes?

Monkells Monkells 22 June 2009 21:02:27

What a great picture. Made me laugh but WE DEMAND a picture of your Blue tomatoe !!! PLEASE !!

ClaireE ClaireE 22 June 2009 21:09:48

Brilliant photo!! I wish my sunflowers were that tall...

rita d rita d 22 June 2009 22:37:19

tomato leaves go bluish when there is much difference between night and day temperatures. Love the escaping sunflower. expect your courgette to follow!!

Michelle finn Michelle finn 22 June 2009 23:09:51

never heard of that SPOOKY one of my sunflowers are trying to escape but there is no way out except the door and that would make a very bent and strange sunflower. my tomatoes got wind burn just like trugs i brought them back into the tunnel for some tlc

HeadGardener HeadGardener 22 June 2009 23:35:59

Rachel get on to the RHS quick and register your blue leafed tomato :-D I wonder what colour the fruit will be??? Never had that problem myself, but it might be turning blue on it's way to turning another colour then I might be a little concerned, grey = greymould, brown on outside of leaf possibly blight, wait and see and check for other pests (ie red spidermite etc.) but act quickly if it is blight.


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