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Today I feel so happy....

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 11:45

Fairygirl, I bought some acrylic mirror type tiles in Ikea for a very small price, they ae slightly faceted so the birds avoid them (no, I don't understand it, but it is so) and they give wonderful broken light effect patches where it is normally dark.  Come t think of it, I must get them out of the shed and hang them up - I put them away when it is very cold as I suspect that they are not very hardy, just a coating of silver paint on plastic, but they are great draped in various growth !!  

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:34

Now - 32 is not something with which I wish to become aquainted!!  Plus 32 now that is a different matter!!  Gardening where you are must be quite a challenge, but of course we gardeners are always up fpr a challenge.  Last year here it was all about low light conditions, persistent rain and general yuckiness. Today it is bright and pretty but with a gentle gale blowing - I say gentle because although the wind in strong, so far no branches have fallen on to the grass that I would like to claim is a lawn, but I'd get sued under the trade descriptions act if I did.   This means I shall have to go out later on and pick the daffodils/narcissi that have been blown over.  I rarely pick flowers from the garden, but blown over daffs I always do - they're not going to get better, so we may s well enjoy them indoors for a few days.

happy gardening this year, as with all years we haven't had yet, this will be a brilliant one ! 

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 20:04

Oh dear, it was indeed rare in those times to get such low temperatures, but in the winter of 2010 - 11 we had -17 in our garden. To my surprise nearlyeverything survived , probaly because they had a good layer of snow upon them which might have orotected them?  There were of course some losses.  This year I woud think -10 was our lowest, and not for long.   


council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:07

You are right, but there is a seed sowing one as well as 1, 2, and 3 - I have used that with some sucess the last coule of seasons. 

Dragon claw willow

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:06

Guess you don't quite live on my doorstep in the East Midlands obelixx, but even so I agree about not giving up early, June does often see some late and unexpected growth - but not last year when it had all drowned or gone lanky from lack of light - better things this year huh? 

Beginner failing miserably.

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:04

Mixing the seed with fine silver sand, to sort of dilute it, seems to work for many people.  Pouring a tiny pinch into the palm of your hand, then with a slightly damp finger tip pick up a few tiny seeds and dot them around the tray - I do this and it does help - at least you get little islands of seedlings and can prick out the outer ones, which will be larger,  and leave the rest to grow on.   You may not sow quite as many hundreds of things that you only want 20 of in this way!

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 18:00

There are good organic composts out there, by it's very nature, compost is recycled - though  recycled what is often the question these days.  Quite honestly the best way is to buy a small bag of one kind of orgainic compost and see how it is - if no good, then try another  -  there is no easy or guaranteed brand at present - though some seem worse than others going by some peoples experiences. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:56

Indeed, I do think it needs a bit of lightening, I use vermiculite but I assume perlite does much the same job.  I have found I get good root systems with this - whatever works for each of us I guess. 

council recycled compost

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:38

You could, but why not use JI seed compost and perlite or vermiculite if you're going to buy JI?  You can always add fertiliser and use it for other things if you have more than you need of the seed stuff, I have done this for a long time - worth trying for you may be? 

Jasmine In Shade

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:34

As Tulip says, it will survive but not flourish, and won't flower well, which is after all the point of the exercise I imagine!  Try growing it in a pot in sunshine and then moving it ti the point of desire for at least a while?  If it is perfume you want on that site, several of the good scented honeysuckles don't mind shade, and will flower and perfume at least at the top where the sun is.  Although there are many lovely things that do well in shade, scented climbers for that site seem to be rare.  

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