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The hybrid pea plants, and the non-hybrid parent varieties, are rocketting away now. They're mostly around 4 feet tall now, and most are looking chunky and voluptuous. It's now easy to see which plants will have yellow pods; the tendrils and the veins in the developing top leaves are distinctly yellow. This is very helpful and allows me to decide which plants to save seeds from and which peas to scoff!

The 'Shiraz' x 'Golden Sweet' F1 plants are doing nicely too, though two of the ten are almost certainly the yellow-podded variety Golden Sweet, since they're showing the same yellow colouration noted above. The recessing gene responsible for yellow pods can't assert itself in the F1 plants, which should all have green or purple pods (I think purple is dominant over green); either I mixed up my seeds up or something very odd is occurring.

I know i promised pictures here, but I'm not sure how to work with them here; I'm guessing I'd need to post them externally. Maybe next time...

So my job tomorrow is to tie them into the canes again; a task I only did last week! meanwhile the garden is looking beautiful; lilac is out and smelling gogeous, strawberry flowers, primroses... I love early summer, though the weather feels less than summery at the moment!

Which reminds me: happy World Naked Gardening Day. I'll pass this year, thanks; I like my neighbours and I'd like to keep it that way. You're welcome! :-D
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