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Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:09

I have had gazanias outside for a few years now and they always grow back. I have mine in raised beds near a wall, so that affords better drainage, so I would not store them in a wet frost pocket.

Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

There is a huge woodland near my house and a public park yet I rarely get birds apart from Wood Pigeons, Gulls and Magpies in my garden. The odd Robin and Lapwing and during the darks of winter Partridge and that is all that I have seen in 3 years. My old flat had a huge garden and we used to get flocks of Sparrows and the like...I do get Toads and Frogs in summer but that is it wildlife wise.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:25

Instead of going for a GH with high eaves, if the ground allows then dig down to give you the extra height. Should also help keep the GH regulate temperatures.

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 12:48

Pencil is better to use. I find permanent pen is not that permanent in a damp pot or in the sun.

Freesias

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:11

I do like the light perfume of freesia. I have little luck in getting them to flower after their first year. I know that you are supposed to lift the bulbs, but I never do. The leaves come up but I rarely get any flowers.

Buried treasure

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 14:52

I just remembered getting 'Roman' coins from museum shops as a kid and burying those in my back garden (too much TimeTeam). They must still be there. I wonder if someone will find them and think that they uncovered real Roman coins.

Buried treasure

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 21:10

In my own garden, I have found only some animal bones and a mysterious long rusty wire that is stuck to something somewhere. I pull it every time I dig part of it out but have no idea what it is?

Much more interesting, my sister found an old Anderson shelter in her garden. The shelter was built on top of the old coal cellar which no one knew existed. It still had coal in it mixed with old Victorian scraps - the whole thing now makes a good garden shed for them.

dirty bark

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 20:28

Just take a strong cloth and soapy water and rub the bark and that restores them.

Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 14:30

I would say that I live in a microclimate as I live near the coast, my garden is south facing and sheltered. The top half of my garden rarely gets any frost (though the area where my GH is does and quite often). It is often a good few C warmer than the weather forecasts say at the top of my garden nearest the house (lots of sunny brick walls to retain heat). In winter I can see the frost/snow less than a mile or so away on either side and smile that it is not me .

The problem with microclimates is everyone seems to think that they are in one! Every other gardener says that their garden is not as cold as X Y miles away and etc...surely we cannot all have a microclimate? This is not just a UK thing, I know gardeners all over the EU and US that say the same thing - and quite adamant of it.


What do you think?

 

I think microclimates only make a difference in 'normal weather' . There is very little difference when weather like 2010 happens as when it gets to -5C and below or we have heavy snow, then we all get damage, though it may fade faster is 'microclimates'

Christmas trees...

Posted: 25/11/2013 at 14:11
ginagibbs wrote (see)

Ironically, last year, some one very kindly dumped their discarded xmas tree in my garden, so I still ended up having to dispose of one!!

Not very nice. I used to collect all the neighbours used trees to make compost and to use as a wildlife hedge (the needles act as a mulch and stops weeds, allowing the saplings to grow). Sometime the dead trees get very light and blow away, so I no longer do that.

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