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March in your Garden

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:40

Must say that here in the East Midlands I am not even thinking about seed sowing yet - that is quite a fib actually, I am thinking about it, but not doing it!! Learned in the first few years here that it was very different from gardening in the south and west where I had lived before.  Now rarely sow anything before April, maybe a few hardy things in late March in the greenhouse, but mostly April or even May for annuals, or I'd just have to do them again later.  

MOB rants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:29

I was gently amused at whomsover said they she became a serf as soon as she begain to work in a shop  -  our local B&Q has the most delightful weekend lady, who always makes sure I know of any good plant or garden bargains  - I have  heard people be snooty about her, on the grounds that anyone who works behind the till cannot have much about them (their words not mine I hasten to add!),  she has two Masters degrees,  and is working on her third, has more education than most of her ustomers put together I imagine (me included), and never says a word to them about their silliness.  We have a good laught about it sometimes, just shows that what you see is rarely what you get huh? 

small bird watch

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:19

Our resident robin sits on an obelisk which has a feeder hanging inside it.  He furiously defends it, while yelling at anything that comes near him, but seems quite oblivious to the fact the blue and coal tits just go round the other side and munch away behind his back!  There are several other feeders about, but that particular one he thinks is his property.  He and his mate (I am assuming the aggressive one is the male from what I have read), usually nest in a certain patch of ivy on a fence near the top of the garden, and if i go near there he comes and sits on a pot and grumbles at me, maybe he thinks I am going to cut down the ivy - which I will, but only after he has done with it.  

It Is Not Spring Yet !!!

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:12

It was a lovely day today, reached the giddy heights of +4 C, but there are many nights of cold to come yet, hard frosts and s strong possibility of snow - hold the secateurs aand the seed compost, keep browing the catalogues but NOT ordering yet - well, I suppose you can seeds, as long as you don't opent them!  Did trim some prunings from a while back to make plant supports, while listening to the robin telling me to fill the seed feeder before everyone came for the evening feed - so I did.

Wilting Geraniums:(

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:06

Must agree - sound like a case of overkindness - more plants die of overwatering than any other cause,  Let them drain, if the top of the compost is wet, maybe add some dry or a layer of fine grit - and put the watering can away.  They really do like dry conditions, treat 'em hard and they'll flourish for you. 

What you haveeaten today?

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:03

Yummy - I need to go and prepare out supper I think - it is likely to be fish, but won't look quite as gorgeous as that, but will be good anyway. 

Supporting plants

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 18:01

Pruings - you can use them wrong way up if they are things like quickthorn which will otherwise root instead of the plants you want.  ( Which is why I have several quickthorns in my front hedge rather than whatever I planted there several years ago -  but they are great so it doesn't matter - but it might if you are growing some nice perrennials or annuals later on.) Have just trimmed some prunings from the crab apple tree and a huge fuchsia - they will make good plant supports with raffia for tying in.  

A lad of verduns

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:58

Why?  I like the sound o a load of verduns, whatever or whomsoever they may be

Perhaps however, lets not get too excited about spring just yet, hard theough that may be, there are plenty of nights for frost and even snow yet - grit your teeth and hold your horses - hmm, sounds very uncomfortable that. 

Heuchera

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:55

When did you plant them into the pots?  We have had some very chilly nights, quite alot of frosts recently, maybe they are plain too cold - maybe cover them with some horticultural fleece, or n espapaer - but that you will need to take off in the day if it above freezing to get some light to them.  Possibly check the roots i for something nasty eating them?  Assume they are not dry - sounds cold to me. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/02/2013 at 11:17

Damp, grey, miserable, cold - I really do hate February!!  

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