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19/06/2012 at 16:07

Hi - I was just wondering whether everyone else's plants are very late this year?  I have got aliums which haven't come out yet, roses which look nowhere near to opening, scabious that haven't even got buds yet etc.  Is this a consequence of this cold, unsunny June perhaps?  I have only been gardening a couple of years, but I'd say that the garden is about 4 weeks behind where it was at the same time last year.  Hope it's nothing I am doing wrong....?

19/06/2012 at 16:13

You're not doing anything wrong, it is jst the weather. My garden is about three weeks behind last year.

19/06/2012 at 16:20

I am also struggling with some plants, established hardy plants seem to be doing better. Some seedlings will be going to the compost bin soon if we do not get some sunshine.

19/06/2012 at 17:14

a lot of my perrenials are way behind even though I am feeding them !

19/06/2012 at 17:48

A lot of my plants are behind where they were last year, but I'm fairly sure if we get a warm spell they'll burst in to life.

The question is will we ever get a long spell of sunshine!?

19/06/2012 at 19:59

Me too, I have a lot of green with a promise of flowers but it's getting there

19/06/2012 at 20:40

I'm in the north of Scotland and unusually my garden is ahead . My lupins are amazing this year, my scabious will be flowering by next week, mecanopsis, geum all flowering. We haven't had bad frosts for weeks nor snow which is not unheard of in June too!!

19/06/2012 at 21:21

I think that everyone is facing the same issue.  My strawberries are about a month behind where they would be usually.

19/06/2012 at 21:29
My perrenial poppys are only just in bud and my knautia is struggling. Last year the poppies were flowering by now. Most other plants are at much the same stage as they were last year. I always keep my garden notes each year so I can check back . As you say tho', hopefully if we get our summer !! everything will grow at a pace. Here's hoping.
19/06/2012 at 22:43

I have kept a photographic diary from month to month for the last three years which helps with planning in the winter (because I forget how big things grow) and cheers me up with happy memories.

I can say without a doubt that my very sunny Kentish garden is at least 10 days behind last year, obviously due to the weather. Somethings also did extremely well out of all that rain including sedums, sempervivums, my Alpine Phlox, wildflower seedlings and self-seedlings and I think the Roses and Clematis kept their colour much better due to lack of harsh sunlight.

On the down side, my French beans are a million miles behind last year and my first batch of lettuce were ruined by slugs but luckily, my sweetcorn survived and my onions didn't go to seed! 

I also had a small miracle when I dug up a mature flowering current in full leaf and left it hanging around for a week in wet weather before deciding to replant it and it went on to flower and fruit without batting an eyelid!

20/06/2012 at 00:04

where I am in Drougheda we are about 6 weeks behind the south of Engand

20/06/2012 at 08:15

At my altitude, my garden is always about 4 weeks behind anyhow, so not alot of difference for me, but then my autumn usually starts by early aug. I must admit though, that last year and this, the perennials have never looked better for me. but then the couch grass is creeping quicker.

20/06/2012 at 10:04

My garden is well behind.. my day lilly has been in bud for a week now...jsut waiting.. and al my sumer bedding are not as big as normal.. i to have had to put some in compost bin and they just did nothing..

@wintersong.. glad it not only our french beans then..i was getting worried they were put out and have not done anything.. a few new leaves and that is it.. where as the peas have done vey well due to all the rain.. and the swede also doing well.. as is the carrots.. it has been good for them.. but everything else has struggled... kept out lettuce in the greenhouse this year..

also for slugs etc i was told by pold man down road..about making a lard and salt rb for the pots etc.. i hae yet to try that one.. when i do i will let you know.

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