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Photo of a dog rose (Rosa canina)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

Whilst on a flower related theme…

Whilst on one of our daily walks at lunchtime I came across this spectacular dog rose (Rosa canina), so here’s quick photo.

A dog rose

A dog rose

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I love buddleia!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

It’s out there now, my secret is out, I love the buddleia bushes, or more commonly known as the butterfly bush, even the common pink version which grows wild, maybe it’s the plant which attracts hundreds of insects and butterflies, and takes me back to my youth and “My Creature Club!” – hey if your reading Skeggy! Hello!

more recently there are some attractive colour variants, under the name of buddleia davidii, which are a dark blue or dark purple, and a deeper purple called “Dark Knight”, if you do not like the pink version, and also a white, you cannot mistake them, they are everywhere in the country, and seem to do very well, on old factory works, old building works etc

 

Buddleja davidii

Buddleja davidii, not in flower yet!

But my favourite buddleia globosa, which is a buddleia bush, with small orange balls! It’s not until you get up close that you can see the florets are the same as a traditional buddleia bush but organised into orange balls!

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

Buddleja globosa

I have a few in my garden, a B.davidii and also I’m lucky to have two B. globosa, I’ve always planted buddleia in my gardens, but never seen the B. globosa for sale in garden centres, I took 10 cuttings from a plant when I lived in Warren Farm, which was the first time I had ever seen the plant, and it’s taken many many years for the plants to establish and now start to flower.

Bumble bee on Buddleja globosa

Bumble bee on Buddleja globosa

and the bumblebees love them as well!

If you do plant a Buddleja make sure you prune it because they can go wild!

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What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

At present there seems to be a growing frenzy across the nation – I wonder why? All my usual online seed and greenhouse suppliers are out of stock or stating 28-day delivery lead times, on items!

So a few of you readers, have been sending me photos and telling me what you’ve been growing.

So this has inspired this blog today, to show you What is growing in Andysworld! greenhouse?

I currently do not have any compost, so I’ve had to resort to “Andys Special Blend No.1” – e.g. homemade compost from compost corner!

Have fun, and keep growing….

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Worlds smallest pumpkins!

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

I’m not quite sure, what happened to trying to grow giant pumpkins this year, looks like I’ve grown the world’s smallest pumpkins!

World's Smallest Pumpkins!

World’s Smallest Pumpkins!

Not very successful, better luck next year, and I’ll start earlier in the year.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 29 July 2019

Monday, July 29th, 2019

This giant pumpkin plant is taking over like a triffid! This spell of rain we’ve had in the past few days, it’s really grown!

It’s started to flower so I’ve been selecting flowers and hand pollinating to get it to fruit.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 26 July 2019

Friday, July 26th, 2019

A few updates as you can see a giant plant!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 1 July 2019

Monday, July 1st, 2019

A few weeks have passed, and they’ve taken, although one of the plants is deformed.

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 16 June 2019

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

Time to plant out, a little late in the year really for a giant pumpkin, but I’ve had issues with germination, batches of seeds, and today when planting out we had the heaviest hail storm for years, and I got very wet!

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 4 June 2019

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

I’ve been preparing the location at the allotments to transplant the young plants.

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

Allotments

and here are the latest photos of the plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

Giant Pumpkin plants

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Trying to Grow Giant Pumpkins – 31 May 2019

Friday, May 31st, 2019
Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

Pumpkin plants

After some fettle-ing, the seedling on the left has emerged, and hopefully it’s real leaves will appear.

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