It’s a good year for the roses

greenhouse classics_VicThanks very much to Vic Godard for getting in touch and picking this week’s Greenhouse Classic. It’s a great number with a gardening theme called “And roses and roses” by Astrud Gilberto. Short, sweet and on a floribunda tip!

Also a big thanks to G. (Mrs Godard) for sending a few words and some pics from their garden.Vic godard_5“It’s been a funny year weather wise, the early heat and sun meant many annuals and perennials flowered early and have now gone to seed, whereas the dismal August means some, like the Mirabilis Jalapas (aka four o’clock flower) are only now coming into their own.Vic Godard_3The bumper tomato yield is still ongoing and it looks like there will be enough beans to freeze and last throughout the winter, and it’s the first year we’ve seen pink flowers on the beans.Vic Godard_2Vic Godard_1I planted some old gladioli bulbs that Vic’s dad Harry found all dried up and papery in a drawer and surprisingly as you can see they all took!” Mrs Godard

If you remember from last years post, Vic’s dad Harry grows everything from seed; vegetables, annuals and even palms, how great is that! Thanks to Vic, G and Harry too!

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You raise me up (just like a runner bean cane)

Tarrium and garlicA big thanks to the weather for the weekend just gone and it looks like spring has finally sprung!  Things are certainly on their way, I’ve got some healthy looking leek seedlings, black poppies and garlic in the glass terrarium I found in the street a couple of years ago (above) and the bulbs are starting to come up in the found empty champagne case too (below).Garlic in bucketsEarly Sunday morning I popped into Shannon’s (ta to Paul, Araba and Alexi for the lift) and got myself three bags of multi-purpose compost to put into the new raised bed (below) made out of a couple of free scaffolding boards procured from Paul a couple of weeks earlier. So thanks to a cheap argos drill, some spare wood and a quarter of a tin of fence protector left over from last year, it’s now a home for beetroot, carrots and climbing french beans. And look at the runner bean cane wigwam, that’s been put in a bit early!Raised bed and bean canesAnd here’s a tune dedicated to all who put in a few hours over the weekend with their mowers, garden forks, spades, trowels and (new pair of) loppers while enjoying the good weather in their gardens and allotments! Roll on the spring!

Damian Marley – Hard Work (Dedicated to all Westminster City Council gardeners)

You bring out the gardener in me

A big thanks to Vic Godard from the great Subway Sect and his partner G for sending us these great photo’s of their garden. If you remember earlier this year their excellent runner bean wigwam was our beanpole of the month. It’s featured again in the photo below as a backdrop to those squawking parakeets you often see around these parts.

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Love the tomatoes in the grow bags with the great watering devices, they look like cut off pop bottles if I’m not mistaken.

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In the flower department the garden features some wild roses, mallow and sweet peas. They look great!

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Best of luck to Vic and his forthcoming run of gigs starting with The Latitude Festival next week (19th July) and the also for the release of “1979 Now” in October. Cheers Vic and G, ta for the pics!

Beanpole of the month

Vic’s dad's beanpole

Here’s the first of a new feature to appear in weeds, a tribute to the very popular D.I.Y. support of climbing plant/runner beans.

This month’s is an impressive example sent to us by Vic Godard of the great Subway Sect of the one in his dad’s garden. It’s a 16 plus bamboo cane affair with a nice green plastic tie system at the top (and is that hay in the middle?) We love where it’s positioned in the garden with all the spare pots, climbing ivy at the back and the bucket with wood in it. Great stuff!

Vic’s dad Harry grows everything from seed; vegetables, annuals and even palms, how great is that? Also a couple of his Chysanthemums have been shown at the Chelsea show which is no mean feat. My own father was a keen “mum” grower too and I’m sure he used to stick paper bags over the flowers if frost was threatened. We send a big thanks to Vic and his dad and best of luck with Vic’s “30 odd years” compilation!

We welcome all your pictures of your bean supports (or any type of climbing plant) from the trellis type to the more unusual. I’m more of a conventional bamboo cane man myself but do please send your pics to the usual onedeckpete (at) gmail (dot) com