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What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/05/2017 at 08:32

We were hoping for heavy rain last night but don't think we have much more than a gentle shower. It's  supposed to be raining heavily at the moment but nothing happening - a very frustrating few days of mizzle and not much more and no progress filling the water butts at all.

I water very little in the garden but do need water for my greenhouse and we used all the waterbutts to fill our re-lined pond back in March. I think we have had no more than half a butt of rain since then : (

if anyone has had enough of their rain can they send some (full) rain clouds to Birmingham please!

Small Balcony garden ideas

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 08:00

Don't grow anything 'too' trailing over your railings or you might not be able to reach your harvest - I speak from the voice of experience : ) 

Garden Pond edging and planting renovations

Posted: 15/05/2017 at 07:44

We were going to do our pond last autumn but the weather was mild until very late so everything stayed very active, then the weather turned very wet and we missed the gap so we're then worried about disturbing hibernating wildlife. We ended up doing ours just a few weeks ago. We decanted some of the plants and pond water and all the wildlife we found into a cheap paddling pool. All back in now their newly renovated pond and happily growing.

i know in theory Autumn is supposed to be the best time but sometimes I think it's best to get in with the job when the timing suits you. Doing it this spring meant we had three clear dry days to lift the old liner, make the changes we wanted and get the new liner in and filled all in one straight run. I suspect if we had done it in the autumn, interruptions from weather might have meant it took several weekends and so much more disruption.

only downside is that we used our water butts to fill the pond and we haven't had any proper rain since to refill them 😞 

Last edited: 15 May 2017 07:45:06

Bay Tree

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 17:08

It looks as if it might be dry - are you watering it regularly? Shaped plants like this get very little water from rainfall as there is no bare soil to receive the rain.

Rain and Water butts

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 16:08

Lucky you! I think we got maybe a couple of  inches in our water butt from the rain last night, not as much as I was hoping for. I think we are forecast rain for most of tomorrow so hoping that we finally get all the butts filled again. I'd be pleased if it just filled one to be honest, they've all been empty for about eight weeks now.

Malvern Spring Festival

Posted: 14/05/2017 at 10:30

I enjoyed my day but was a little disappointed with the show Gardens - there seemed to be far fewer than I remember from previous years. I enjoyed the floral marquee but felt there didn't seem to be as wide a range of plants on sale as I remember previously but wondered if thats just because I now know what's likely to be there.

We went on the Friday and it was very busy but not unpleasantly so. Still think it's on the better shows to go to. I went to Tatton Park last year and was very disappointed. Some good show Gardens but a very narrow range of plant stands all selling the same thing.

Buxus - should I dig it out

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 10:37

Having seen the patient I would dig it out as well. Even if not the dreaded blight it does look beyond help. There is also some black marks on the leaves which might indicate box blight so better to be tough and hopefully protect the rest.

Reluctant dahlia

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:20

Hi ladygardener2, its a new one for me, loved the colour in the pictures but you can never be sure until you see them in real life. It's reassuring to hear that yours is being slow as well. Maybe she just likes to take her time.

Shade loving plants

Posted: 13/05/2017 at 08:18

Ha don't to smaile at the Lychnis, I have a clump which also hasn't read the text books and is happily spreading in shade : )

How to make use of grass cut

Posted: 11/05/2017 at 13:32

I had to laugh too, Histafan, but only because I' a bit OCD with my newspaper tearing too and am glad someone else knows which way to tear the weekend papers 😊

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