Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2015



   In the Beechgrove Garden the air is filled with scented sweetpeas. Jim grows his strictly standing to attention in cordon fashion while Carole's blue collection are left to scramble.
Carole returns to Newport-on-Tay, where she has been helping first-time gardeners Mark and Aileen Snowden tame their mature garden. This is the last visit this season and Carole catches up with the family's progress, harvests some of the new fruit and suggests some final tidying up.
Carole is also back in Orkney for the second of her visits. This week Carole visits the Community Garden at Finstown where appropriately for the weather she's looking at damp but inspirational planting.
  Jim and Carole were in the Cutting Garden on a lustery day that felt more like autumn than August. Jim was looking at his chrysanthemums, which are protected and supported by a net positioned horizontally across the bed. This does the job well supporting the stems as they grow protecting them from gusts of wind. Jim was disbudding the side shoots from the bloom varieties to ensure large flowers.Jim explained that you should do this from the top down on the stem. If the main stem is broken whilst disbudding then there is a shoot lower down to take its place. If this was done from the bottom up then the whole stem would be lost if you got to the top and then knocked that off by mistake.
 There are different types of chrysanthemums planted here – bloom, spray and Korean and Rubellums. The dahlias are beginning to flower and we have a lovely selection.Carole is growing a range of blue-coloured sweet peas that are also delightfully fragrant. There were several cut varieties display in a vase.‘Blue Shift’ is a variety which changes colour as it matures from blue to violet.Carole really likes ‘Frances Kate’.‘King Size Navy Blue’ was a bit disappointing. It was a lovely blue but the flowers are not king size. Jim’s favourite is the pale blue variety ‘Our
Harry’, which was very similar to the oldfashioned variety ‘Lake Windermere’. It’s important to keep cutting sweet pea flowers to encourage more. Carole is growing her sweet peas up a rigid plastic netting system allowing them to scramble freely, whereas Jim is growing his up canes trained as cordons.Carole’s system is far easier to maintain and gives good results with flowers with long straight stems.
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Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.17 2015