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Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:41

cold, wet, grey, dark - did we all sleep through summer and it is now autumn?  Granted the grasses and hostas are loving it, but hardly any flowers on anything due to darkness, think we are all pretty miserable and fed up.  Veggies just sitting there looking sad, courgettes with lots of leves but no flowers, nor would I - ditto just about everything else. 

The farmers must be very worried, nothing will ripen while it is like this, and there does not seem to be much let up forecast.  Yesterday they weres showing all the reasons this is happening, frankly my dear I don't give a damn - just 'when is it going to stop'.

North east facing wall

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:37

Also thought of the climbng hydrangea, always looks stunning on a cool wall.  

Tree Peony

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:36

They can also suffer badly from a sudden cold spell, did you temperatures drop sharply overnight one night?  My tree peonies dislike that very much, usually sulking and dropping leaves, though I have to say I do not recall them going brown.  Maybe look to see if there are any nasty beasties eating the roots?    They do indeed need planting deep.  Thery come from China, maybe it is warmer in the part of China from which they come than it is here this year (not difficult I imagine!)


Posted: 09/06/2012 at 12:33

Are we taking about rhizomatous iris, or bulbs?  Not that it makes a differene as to when you move them late Spring is certainly right, but although indeed rhozomes like to be out of the soil more or less, siberica bulbs do not - just a thought as you mentioned bulbs.

Garden gaffes

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:08

Loved the tomato story, but I can well imagine it in this day of not having to do anything for ourselves. Maybe one day she will try again with both the bags and the tomato plants.

I was once busily telling a non-gardening friend all about her ceanothus and how they responded well to pruning, when I snapped off a large branch from one side, making it all lopsided!! Talk about feeling awful, and no where near as knowledgeable as she had thought me to be. I will probably remember it for far longer than she, who has probably forgotten all about it now!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 11:03

Hope the knee feels better soon, it's so often that the short cut makes things longer.

It looks very pretty out there from in here, sunny but very breezym and the breeze is decidedly chilly.  hey reckon on 18C here in the East Midlands today, but I think it will struggle to reach that in my garden today -the wind is coming up the side of the house like a steam train. 

Plant identifying help

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 22:07

Glad that is settled, yes a picture always helps, though in this case the descrition gave little other choice. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:29

Ridiculous, I've put the heating on as my OH is studying, thus sitting still - and is freezing!!  Still, the alliums are attracting some hardy bees, but please, please may we have some warm sunshine soon - for longer than a week this time? Please............

seeds not germinated

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:44

Debbie 11, don't forget to add lots of grit into your lovely clay soil - it opens it up and allows drainage.  One it gets going there is no better soil for growing  things in, but it is hard work to start with. 

japanese maple

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 11:41

Keep it somewhat shaded, feed and protect it and it will almost certainly come back - they do put up with alot of abuse before turning up their toes.  You don't need to repot them, though I understand that as its roots were in the wood that you wanted to.  I have seen one over 25 year old, flourishing, in quite a small pot from which it had never been moved.  Choose a good pot, and then leave it alone for a few years - it will delight you for many more with any luck. 

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