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Weather Lore - and more

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:22

I've always thought Michael Flanders of Flanders and Swann got it just about right in his 'Song of the Weather:

January brings the snow

Makes your feet and fingers glow

February's ice and sleet

Freeze the toes right off your feet

Welcome March with wintry wind

Would thou wer't not so unkind

April brings the sweet spring showers

On and on for hours and hours

Farmers fear unkindly May

Frost by night and hail by day

June just rains and never stops

Thirty days and spoils the crops

In July the sun is hot

Is it shining? No, it's not

August cold, and dank, and wet

Brings more rain than any yet

Bleak September's mist and mud

Is enough to chill the blood

Then October adds a gale

Wind and slush and rain and hail

Dark November brings the fog

Should not do it to a dog

Freezing wet December then:

Bloody January again!

Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 08:03

I've never found these easy plants to grow but every year I buy one more just to try to keep them going!  I've got three or four all looking healthy right now, and all planted directly into a south facing bed with pretty poor soil.  They are shaded by tulips until late May, and then by the 'Bowl of Beauty' paeonies so they don't get too much full sun.  In the past I have planted them in shade but they've not survived the very harsh winters.  Growing them from seed is something I have never managed to achieve so I've given up buying expensive seeds.  My dream of a huge drift of these lovely plants is just that, I'm afraid, a dream.

I have hundreds of the blowsy bright scarlet double oriental poppies, which I can't eradicate ( even if I wanted to! ) which grow and proliferate like weeds!  Peaty soil, lots of rain, cold winters, late frosts ( Aberdeenshire ).  And of course the bright lemon Welsh poppy just about everywhere.

Like Yvieh I have never managed to grow ANY variety of poppies from seed, so I would tend to agree that it's more a question of luck!  Keep trying with the meconopsis, Rosemary, and maybe try buying different varieties as some may be tougher than others ( I buy whatever happens to be in the garden centre and my three are all blue, but slightly different shades ).  They're worth it.

Unknown beetle..

Posted: 10/05/2012 at 07:46

Thank you for posting this thread, Jules63! I think you may have saved my rosemary!  I bought one a few weeks ago from a reputable garden centre but kept it indoors as the weather up here in Scotland has been dreadful ( it snowed the first weekend in May ).  I found a beetle on it, which my husband 'eradicated' and we thought no more about it.  I'd never heard of rosemary beetles.

This morning I was trundling through the website and saw your thread and all the I went and had a look at the rosemary...and sure enough, there was another of the wee so-and-so's.  I have, I'm sorry to say, squished it.  It was so pretty and looked so innocently harmless, and I feel like a murderer now.  But if it's the thug that these responses suggest I can probably live with myself.  I have put the corpse on the bird table, so it's life was not in vain.

Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 14:03

Thanks for that - I will certainly bear it in mind when I plant them out!


Talkback: Growing Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 11:08

I love this plant!  It never stays longer than one season in my garden, and never seeds itself, alas, so I usually buy half a dozen new plants every year - not too expensive as they're in small pots and classed as annuals.  This year I decided to have a go from seed in the hope of getting more plants for less money!  They're in my coldframe and not actually doing much!  I think 2 seeds have germinated so far and they've been in there for weeks!  Are they known to be slow to germinate, or is it just too cold here in snowy Aberdeenshire?  Should I continue to hope, or go to the garden centre and buy my usual half dozen grown plants?

Talkback: Creeping buttercup

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 11:02

They are a bit thuggish once you have them in a border.  Ours tried taking over the chives border at the edge of the veg patch so I had to get the chives dug up and split and then dig out the CB's before replanting the chives, or potting them up to give away.  If I'd not removed them, we'd have had no room to plant our veg.  So yes, pretty wild flower, but unless we choose to have a wild flower garden, they'd be better to stay where they brelong - in the wild.  I've been removing them consistently for the past 23 years and still haven't managed to eradicate them altogether.  You have just got to admire a tough customer like this!  Roundup does seem to weaken them a bit but as blairs says the stems stay alive and root themselves unless we have a long spell of very sunny weather, which does seem to kill them.

Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:49

Thanks for that, Alina.  It's years since I even bothered to try, but it's possible that I may have planted those ones too shallowly.  I'm normally pretty good with bulb-depth, though but I'll make doubly sure I do it properly!

thank you


Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:46

Thank you again, sotongeoff, I'll do just that!

Much appreciated, thank you


think of the blackbirds Monty !

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:45

Has anybody ever had a (male ) blackbird that inserts a 'trimphone' warble into the middle of it's otherwise 'normal' blackbird song?  We've got a resident blackie who does this on a very regular basis and makes me laugh whenever I hear him.  It's very convincing and I wonder if he's picked it up by copying someone's mobile ring-tone?  I could understand this more if it were a starling, but not a blackbird.  Are they known to be good mimics?  No prizes for guessing for what we've called him!

Hyacinth Bulbs

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 10:36

Cheers, sotongeoff - what would be the best food for them?

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