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I agree with Geoff - it's still too early. Not just in terms of cold, but the current wet spell - heavy rain will over-saturate them and beat down the plants.
Started bright in North Yorks, but now raining, and expected to continue for the day - sigh.
I'm taking the time to tidy my house plants...
Why not go for cress instead? It does grow faster.
I'm fond of them too, particularly for their leaf colours.
I've found it's just a case of constant weeding before it can flower, as already said. Mulching the ground will keep it down until a fresh batch seeds, but you still have to be vigilant.
Give it a go - it's very rewarding
On holiday, I think.
Your tapes may take fractionally longer as they need to be dampened well - not that that should be a problem in the current weather!
Now, where's Grajean? I know she's joined here....
Another reason for planting around the edge of a terracotta pot is that roots need some air to thrive. They normally get this as the soil drys out, thus leaving tiny air pockets - another reason why plants need good drainage and not to be over-watered.
Oh, poor you! I hope that it doesn't damage them - so sad after waiting all year for the show.