by Pippa Greenwood

The downpours we've had in Hampshire over the last few days have made a serious difference to the plants [...] Sadly, the weeds have flourished too.

Groundsel weedAt last, we've had rain, but I'm starting to wonder if I have rain-inducing powers. Like many gardeners, I try to avoid watering the garden, but recently I had to resort to the hose. It was so dry even the nettles were wilting! But of course, after I watered, it rained within 24 hours.

The downpours we've had in Hampshire over the last few days have made a serious difference to the plants. The veg plots are suddenly flourishing and some of my miserable-looking lettuce seedlings have finally taken off. Sadly, the weeds have flourished too. It's as if they're making up for lost time, putting all their energy into growth so they flower and set seed before it gets dry again. I suppose that's just one of the reasons why they're so successful.

We've all been out there, desperately trying to dig up weeds and compost them before they've done their worst. I have a small invasion of celandine from a nearby hedgerow, which I'm tackling straight away, while the roots are still pliable. There's also some oxalis, which I'm ever-so-carefully easing out of the soil, as the tiny bulbils can break off, ready to burst into new growth. The result of all my hard efforts to tame these rampant weeds is that I'm behind with my successional veg sowing. Please will someone give me an extra day?

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Gardeners' World Web User 15/06/2011 at 16:17

Me too, Pippa. I need an extra day every second day really. I'm with you about the weeds and you'll never get rid of the oxalis especially if you have the brown leaved one with the lovely bright yellow flowers. It looks so like the soil it is invisible till the beautiful flowers appear and by then it has made runners a foot long. Everything has been very floriferous this year and the wild flowers in the meadows look gorgeous so the weed problem will be even worse next year. As for celandines, they disappear so quickly in the spring after they have flowered I just enjoy them when they are there. Funnily enough, the brown-leaved celandine, which is very beautiful, is not nearly so invasive.

Gardeners' World Web User 15/06/2011 at 21:28

I love it, weeding, is one of my favourite jobs at work, wont be long untill we will be hedge cutting, not my favourite job!

Gardeners' World Web User 16/06/2011 at 08:15

We have needed this rain for so long, the ground has been so dry. Just to see my flowers standing up and not drooping is a joy. I can live with a few weeds and the extra weeding it gives you to do. The garden looks so much better for the rain. Anyway, its all part of gardening, enjoy!!

Gardeners' World Web User 16/06/2011 at 13:38

Everything in my garden is looking much better now since all the rain we have had and are continuing to have, including the weeds but they are soon pulled up. I have celandines in the front garden, which I thin out once they have finished flowering. I love their cheerful bright yellow flowers, it always brings me great joy to see the first Spring flowers and to dream of the gardening year ahead.

Gardeners' World Web User 16/06/2011 at 22:33

Oh yes the rain is great and the water butts are full once again! Weeds are also rampant here in Somerset and I have to say the 'nasty' ones (bind weed, horse tails etc) get the chop straight away! Like others on here some weeds (wild flowers as I prefer to call them) I actually try to embrace particularly in my wildlife area, currently I have some lovely bright orange hawkweed which I confess to finding particularly attractive! Bright purple toad flax (Lanaria Purpurea) has also seeded through my perennial border but the bees love it so much that it is also very welcome!... http://higgysgardenproject.blogspot.com/ Higgy

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