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GARDENING: Keep up with social climbers.

Byline: ADRIENNE WILD

SOW colourful climbers now and you will enjoy towers of flowers by Midsummer's Day.

A wigwam of canes or posts are the perfect props - or just let these quick-growing, hardy annuals scale walls or scramble through your shrubbery.

Scented sweet peas, Heavenly Blue and Moon Flower morning glory, Canary creeper nasturtiums and Black-eyed Susie are firm favourites.

For a perfect combination of flowers and food for the table try Painted Lady runner beans, with their scarlet and white flowers and green pods. Mina lobata, now also sold with an ipomoea label, is a must-have plant for a blue climbing frame on a sunny patio. The flowers, which grow in bunches, start off coral red and change to shades of amber yellow.

You can buy pot-ready plants of Black-eyed Susie, the red-flowered Ipomoea Cardinal and Mina lobata from Dobies (01803 696444) if you order before the end of March.

Alternatively, seeds can be scattered where they are to flower or raise a few on a windowsill.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2001
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