I spent a couple of happy hours putting up my sweet pea and bean supports. They are either side of the coldframe so that later in the season when the supports are covered, they will filter the sun that reaches the coldframe so that I can plant my courgettes there. With our light sandy soil I find the courgettes appreciate the additional humidity (I do remove the coldframe lid during the summer).
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Clever old Crocus always has innovative and attractive products. Regular followers of this blog will know that I recommend upside down hanging baskets to protect vulnerable plants and now Crocus have come up with a stylish alternative. They will be available in green or grey in two sizes and should appear on their website in the next couple of weeks.
I’m trying to reduce the number of planted pots to save on watering and work. With this in mind I’ve planted up some previously potted ferns and arum lilies in a shady corner of the courtyard. The hosta has been allowed to stay in its pot because it has – thanks to Slug Gone – remained untouched by slugs and snails and I’m not going to risk introducing it to the ground where they might spoil its pristine appearance. The pot in the foreground contains a couple of hardy begonias which will be uncaged once they get a bit bigger. I bought the rather attractive wire cloche at one of the RHS London shows.
I’m kicking myself that I didn’t buy anything from Plant Belles, a Devon company that makes wonderful plant supports and cloche hoops from rusted metal. Although their designs can be bought online, delivery adds considerably to the cost, so they encourage customers to buy on the day. Fortunately they are going to be at the Cottesbrooke Plant Fair at the end of June so next time I won’t be leaving empty handed.
It is particularly suitable for brick or stone walls where, providing you have the right tools, it can be installed by a reasonably competent DIYer. It proved less straightforward on my weather-boarded house (not pictured) and I needed to enlist the help of my builder. It was clear to him that on timber you don’t use some of the components and it would be useful if that information was included. He also pointed out that the instructions said to put the screws in at 500mm spacings, but as the cables are just 500mm long, fixing the cables in place was very fiddly and he couldn’t use the plastic cable caps at the ends. Slightly longer cable would make all the difference. That said, it does look great and will do a very good job. Prices start at £44.02 from tecni-cable.