- I am a keen gardener with a small plot in which I grow vegetables as well as flowers. I try to be wildlife friendly and have a small pond
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2 days ago at 15:56
GWRS, I would be glad to see the storms around actually arrive as this mugginess is horribe and a good storm might clear the air and---water the garden! We, in the north west usually get the rain before everyone else but that s not happening at the moment.
3 days ago at 13:51
Very hot again here in Cheshire. Storms are predicted for Wednesday so we will see! It didn't happen last time thunder was predicted. A little rain would dampen down the pollen which would advantage me but it would be sad to see the sunshine disappear again.
15 Jul 2017 22:48
Where do you live David? I am here in Worcestshire at the moment and we have warm muggy and cloudy weather but no rain. The grass around here looks very dry. I am going back home to Cheshire tomorrow and hope to find my planters still looking good though they have been neglected for the last few days. I think we possibly have more rain in the west of the country.
14 Jul 2017 07:06
We are here in Worcestshire for a few days visiting our son and his wife and so far we have been very lucky with the weather. Light cloud and some sun which is fine for our visits to gardens.
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10 Jul 2017 20:34
It's been raining gently here on and off all day, just right for the garden. We also have lower temperatures here. It is still very humid though which isn't very comfortable. Tomorrow's outlook is for more rain.
09 Jul 2017 22:51
Busy-Lizzie, I would have to have air conditioning in the bedroom if our temperatures were that high! It is forecast to get a bit cooler next week and perhaps a little rain. The storms that were promised didn't materialise. It sounds as if the heat we have had came across from you on the continent.
09 Jul 2017 16:20
Well Dacalover here in the UK it is much hotter than that and I guess some people might even envy you. The nights are about16c which makes a good night's sleep difficult. The countryside around you looks lush and I expect you have had more rain than us here. My garden is sandy and therefore very dry and my plants are really struggling. The upside is so are the weeds, more watering and less
Weeding to be done!
07 Jul 2017 09:25
I have a bug hotel in my Rowan tree and grow most of the plants mentioned plus loads of poppies
which are usually popular with hover flies and bees. The only positive
thing I can think of to say is that my three apple trees are loaded with fruit so there must be some
insects about to have pollinated the flowers. The idea of contacting bee keepers is a good thing to do
and I will do something about that.
07 Jul 2017 07:38
I am worried about the lack of insects in my garden. I have four lavender plants in flower and have only seen two bees on them when years back they would have been alive with buzzing noises. I live near agricultural land and I am wondering if they have been heavily sprayed. I don't use any harmful sprays and try to garden organically. 😒
03 Jul 2017 09:06
Lovely sunny weather here in Cheshire. The weekend was lovely too . Outdoor church service and a
walk along the canal followed by a drink at a nearby pub was greatly enhanced by the weather.Must
start the watering again though! Wimbledon to look forward to next week.😊
30 Jun 2017 16:55
Thank you all for your feedback. I once had five goldfish swimming around and now have one. One fish got stuck behind a plant and was not noticed until it was too late. Another one died I think because of fluctuating temperatures and I think the other two went to feed the heron. I spotted him when making an early cup of tea! The remaining sheubunkin is probably lonely but he does have many frogs to keep him company!. I really don't feel like getting any more and look forward to seeing pond skaters and the like again.
30 Jun 2017 07:11
I now have one goldfish left in my pond and I suspect the heron took the last one. I leave a small area of the pond unnetted so that wildlife can access the water. Unfortunately the fish always seem to prefer this place to sleep and seem to dislike being under the net. If this last one goes I will keep my pond just for wild life.😒
29 Jun 2017 21:04
Well you never can be sure what the weather will be like from day to day. Even the forecasters don't always get it right. We UK residents have to be quite stoic and venture out with Mac, umbrella and
cardigan at the ready! Sometimes a pair of shorts can be handy too in 'summer' 😊
24 Jun 2017 19:11
The sun is shining and it is very pleasant here in Cheshire though it has been cloudy most of the day.
Still having to water at night which is a price worth paying for.
24 Jun 2017 19:05
The sun is
22 Jun 2017 18:52
Yesterday our gardening U3A visited Myerscough college in Preston.We had an invitation to go around the grounds and botanical greenhouses at this agricultural college for free and what a wonderful place it is. It was quite a way to get there in Lancashire from our place in Cheshire but well worth journey. I would highly recommend this tour if you get the chance😊
20 Jun 2017 13:46
You may have a point there! Especially the comment about waiters bringing me iced drinks!
20 Jun 2017 12:06
Lucky you Hostafan 1, it is unbearable here in Cheshire and I am sitting in a north facing room with the fan on unable to do a thing. I love the climate in Spain and even tolerated the heat in Barbados last year but I find the UK heat intolerable for some reason. Perhaps it is the humidity here and also the lack of a swimming pool!. Hope you have an easy day at work
18 Jun 2017 17:13
It's the pollen that defeats me. I water early on in the morning when the pollen count is at its lowest.
The garden is a joy to go around first thing. I am alarmed at the absence of insects. I haven't seen one butterfly this year and very few bees. I don't use insecticides or anything harmful and have a bug hotel in a tree. I have many frogs however in my pond though and lots of birds on my feeders.
13 May 2017 06:47
Just got back from Spain to find my garden overgrown. I love it like this as it has a magical feel to it with all the birds and other wildlife undisturbed. I have had to weed the veggie patch though in spite of the dry conditions. Don't worry folks, now we are back there will be plenty of rain 😊