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How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:49

..As I went out this mornin, around 09.15, my car gave me an ice warning!!  Then while out, we had sleet and hail, now dark grey skies and bitter cold rain - don't you love the joys of an English Spring?  Many things are flowering though as we did have a couple of nice days,.  I have a large flowered Dr Rupple clematis which I left in the greenhouse (it was new to me), and it is flowering its dear little head off - but safely still just inside the greenhouse door.  Many overwintered things still in the cold frame as I'd not dare put them put yet, seedlings huge as can't even think about hardening them off without severe losses, yet the tulips are glorious, as are the cowslips and violas, the small irises (not reticulata but 'real' irises, think they are called pumila or similar) flowering away, young acer leaves lovely - and I'm indoors whie the rain tries to break the window. 

Greenhouse tomatoes : Pollination

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:38

.......   besides, as the weather warms you will begin to open the greenhouse door/windows more, and lots of insects - includong bees - will get in and work for you. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:39

Thanks, didn't want to lose it.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:02

Lets hope it stays within the pot you want it in - some of them are up for world domination.

I rarely if ever tease out roots from container grown plants, they always find their way out to food and water.  

cotoneaster

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:00

Poor thing is probably cold, like the rest of us.  They do get red leaves when under any kind of stress, it does them no harm.  It will steadily drop leaves all year being an evergreen, you are noticing it now because the leaves are red.  Unless the whole plant goes red and/or bare, it is OK - otherwise I would look for a pest or a deficiency in the soil. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 16:58

I have just come into possesion of a lovely strong looking solomion's seal plant, complete with it's lovely drooping white flowers.  Where should it go?  I've never had one before, does it like shade, damp, good drainage - advice please.

Runners beans

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 16:56

They won't mind, they'll go up whatever is provided - must get the poles on mine come to think about it - maybe tomorrow, it's too jolly cold just now!

Poorly Juniperus Squamata 'Blue Carpet'

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 16:54

How very odd - I have one that is sick too - its about 12 years old and up to this spring has been lovely and blue and flat - it is now, like yours, yellow/brown and unhappy.  Hope there is not some dread disease of junipers about.  Let's hope someone knows an answer. 

help identifying this plant please .

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:17

do however be careful if there are kiddiwinkles about - those beautiful red berries are poisonous. 

Clematis

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 16:16

Yes, layering is the way to go, but it is still not easy - there is a good reason that mature plants are expensive to buy.  Seeds are fun, germination is somewhat erratic, and indeed, what you get almost certainly will not be what you got the seed from.  Layering is fun, some of my montanas do it themselves, but the more delicate ones are less easy - but go for it, it might just turn out to be your best skill, and think of the fun and pride you will have when it works.  

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