Garden Ghosts

Runner beans with fleece protection

Some ghostlike scenes in my garden at the moment, the runners have all been covered in two layers of fleece for about a fortnight. Not just for frost but we have had biting north east cold winds over that time, the fleece seems to have done the intended job and beans are still healthy and climbing

I planted out my Polestar runners, had to, they were just romping away, but the fleece will help

Also a friend gave me some Enorma runner plants, also romping away, they have just been planted out in pot of five

The begonias are a bit hit & miss, some are growing well, others just limping along. I don’t think it is suppliers, seems to mixed results from both Wilkinson & Home Bargains. However I have now palnted them out the front in large tubs, currently behind chicken mesh to stop the blooming cats digging them up & pooing there

And spotted the first lily beetle, duly squished



Potted up the new begonia corms I have bought over the past few days, making an early start by temporarily potting them up  in unheated conservatory to help break the dormancy

Once growing and the weather has warmed up they will be transplanted into their final growing pots, probably out the front on raised area near my front steps

Here are the types,

Fimbrata – Home bargains £1.50 for 5 corms

Cascade- Morrisons offer 3 for £5, 4 corms

Double – Morrisons offer 3 for £5, 4 corms

Double – Wilkinson’s £5 for 10 corms

Pendula – Wilkinson’s £5 for 10 corms

It became very obvious as I potted them that “you get what you pay for”

Here are two corms, the smaller one is Home Bargains @30p per corm, larger is Wilkinson’s @ 50p per corm. I think I can guess even now which will be the better blooming plants later in the year


New roses planted

The Age Concern border has some roses planted in previous years, nothing special, just unnamed ones from bargain bucket shops over time, they flower OK and do the job they were intended for, easy, colourful and a bit of scent

Since the revamp and new bark chip mulch I have been looking for a few more cheapo roses to complete that part of the border

Yesterday on a mooch around Home Bargains I spotted some that fitted the bill, starting point was only 99p each, bare rooted of course, but just fine for planting this time of year. They all have some shoots but these are not yet too long after being in a warm shop for a few days

I bought three, I had intended to get all different, but due to stupidity on my part I duplicated two, which as it happens was not a big problem once I got home and looked up the varieties

I have bought one Kronenbourg and two Dame de Coeur, all are red, but Kronenbourg being sport of Peace has some of Peace colourings, which should be lovely. I have always liked Peace, especially with it’s history, and was intending to plant one, seems I have arrived there in a round about way

This morning, after the roots were soaked overnight in a bucket of water, I planted all three through the weed proof membrane, no special preparation, just dug holes and bunged them in, rain due sometime in next few days should finish the job for me

Now looking out for just two more, perhaps orange, yellow or white, pot luck on whatever turns up in the bargain buckets