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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/01/2013 at 15:57

Temp not risen to freezing today, now the snow has started - lets hope not as much as they forecasters are suggesting, however the sky does look rahter full of it.  Need to keep close eye on fruit cage, lost one a few years ago from not taking the snow off the top - too expensive to play that game again - so far so good.  Birds very busy around feeders from now untl dark, then again in the morning - keeping water liquid is a problem, freezes as soon as you leave it, or the steam stops coming off.  anyone know of a product that helps with this? 

Keep warm everyone and take care of ypurselves on the roads and paths.  

weather and plants in pots

Posted: 16/01/2013 at 12:37

 

Many, many of our over 400 pots freeze solid year on year, and a very tiny number of the plants come to any harm.  Those which do are usually ones I was tempted by rather too late in the season and they have not grown strong enough roots to stand the bitter cold.  We have trees, shrubs, perennials etc in pots, also many lily bulbs which are currently frozen solid - and they will all do well and come up smiling in Spring or Summer depending on their type.  Over 70 hostas freeze regularly, it's the pots I have to be concerned about, not the plants.  WE have ebbn gardening here with the frosts for  16 years, and always with huge numbers of pots. Provided they are not too wet when they freeze - and even then as often as not - plants survive being frozen very well.  Remember winter 2010 -11? Temperatures down to -17 here in this garden, very little succumbed, a few things were cut hard back, even the potted clematis shrugged it all off.  Expect the best, ensure the plants are strong and healthy with very good root systems, and the huge majority will survive unscathed.  For the tiny number that don't, well, every dead plant is a new planting opportunity is it not?

Presents

Posted: 20/12/2012 at 19:09

smada_1, have a what Christmas? Is this a nautical term?  Anyway, assuming it is of a generous nature, you have one too!!  Meantime, a very happy Christmas and joyful new year to all our friends here on the forum.  

plant invasion

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:46

of course there is always the worst case scenario, that it is japanese knotweed, which can and does grow through anything.  Please don't let it be dry rot..........

front door

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:44

Sounds like a lovely idea, when they are in flower - but what for the rest of the year? The leaves are pleasant enough, but nothing to write home about - maybe some annual climbers in their pots?  They will not disturb the roots of the clematis so much.

bluebells

Posted: 20/11/2012 at 09:42

Definitely a bad idea!! Make some with blue icing maybe?

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 13:41

It would probably work well for sowing peas etc., I recall my father ding that.  However, what I want to do is feed the birds!! I don't think I can give them paraffin? 

Blasted squirrels!

Posted: 19/11/2012 at 11:38

Sadly the squirrels are getting into the caged feeders as well - there are so many of them, and the poor birds really get hardly a look in.  If I thought feeding them (squirrels etc.) elsewhere woud help I'd give it a go, but in fact they just clear their rations and still take the birds food.  I shall keep on the good fight, if nothing else it gives one or two of my brain cells a work out from time to time!!

I simply don't believe it

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 17:37

Magnolias, like clematis and some other early summer flowering plants, do give a smaller flush of, often smaller, flowers later in the year.  This has been such a strange year weatherwise that anything is possible!  Just enjoy them, it will soon go to sleep, especially if we have another good frost tonight,  and flower again in the spring. 

I simply don't believe it

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 14:21

Good hard sharp frost last night, which I hope will help to set the plants clocks to doing what they should.  It is always nice to find the odd flower in a sheltered corner, a few campanulas for example, but flowers and red autumn leaves on the forsythia is rather odd!   Our very odd years weather has upset many plants and some birds, who were chasing each other in a very unexpected way for the time of year a couple of weeks ago - but seem to have settled to eating and getting fat again for the winter. 

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