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Keeping up with the weather


by Pippa Greenwood

You never quite know what's going to be thrown at you when it comes to weather, but I made a firm decision to plant a plentiful supply of seriously drought-tolerant containers this year. The kids did a lot of the planting and got very enthusiastic about it, as usual.


Me - Pippa GreenwoodYou never quite know what's going to be thrown at you when it comes to weather, but I made a firm decision to plant a plentiful supply of seriously drought-tolerant containers this year. The kids did a lot of the planting and got very enthusiastic about it, as usual.

This year osteospermums have been something I've found especially hard to resist - who wouldn't, with those large, silken petal daisy flowers? I saw a wonderful variety recently - it was a sort of terracotta colour with cream. It wasn't one I'd seen before and I'd really set my heart on it. I couldn't find it at the local garden centre, but fortunately the weekly market came up trumps (and at a fraction of the price).

I duly planted up several colours in several containers - some of them with unusual planting companions (kids do have some very firm ideas about what they want to do!). They've been on display on the front steps, and dotted around the garden for several weeks now and were looked great when basking in the hot, bright sun. But the recent rains had started me wondering whether I should've planted moisture-lovers instead. But although I expected those osteospermums to flop and develop grey mould, they've continued to look great, admittedly with a bit of extra deadheading needed. The added bonus is that slugs are totally disinterested in them, and even the local rabbit population (which is totally out of hand, and only safe because I'm a veggie!) has shunned them...



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Gardeners' World Web User 25/07/2007 at 12:07

Thanks for your comments - and interesting too, I think we could do with a top-50 good performers despite the grotty weather list! Yes, I've also found that some of the Argyranthemums do suprisingly well, and Vanilla Osteospermum. Just wish all the veg were as happy!

Gardeners' World Web User 22/08/2007 at 19:11

I have one of those gardens that seems to be totally oblivious to the real seasons and produces it own. I have fuchias and roses going in shutdown for the winter and have wild primroses growing as if its Spring. Whats going on!!

Gardeners' World Web User 26/09/2007 at 18:54

September - I have a cowslip in full bloom, also a pineapple plant which grows outdoor all year round in a perennial border, and all this on the cool east coast.

Gardeners' World Web User 13/10/2008 at 21:06

i still have my marigold flowering around my allotment. they are still in full bloom. if this is global worming well bring it on. i remember when i was a kid. this time of year it was snowing. and now you can grow more kinds of plants now. so is that a bad thing or what?

Gardeners' World Web User 12/06/2009 at 07:14

Gardener's World - Past Presenters. The recent change from Monty Don to Toby for health reasons meant, as an 'Older' viewer, I cast my eye back to GW presenters of the past. Geoffrey Smith was one of my favourites and I understand that he sadly died recently. I ESPECIALLY enjoyed his 'World of Flowers Series', which, for me, Bridged the Gap between Gardening & Botany. [& Botanical History] Could the BBC consider a 'Re-Run' & perhaps make this series available in DVD format [To Buy]

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