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First day of (meteorological) Spring

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 14:41

A single 'cream beauty' crocus has opened here 

but now the rain's on 

but the washing's almost dry 

the Lord giveth.....


It's all really coming on now Bob. The hard work last year's paying off 

My raised beds are still in their infancy too, but many of the small plants are really establishing. I was beaten by the weather last autumn as I had hedging to put in as well, so I didn't get the last bed completed. I'll get to it soon 

Transfer of seedlings

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:55

I've always just used Multi Purpose Susan. Seed compost has lower nutrient value so it's ideal for seeds (especially autumn sown ones) but they need more grub once they're growing away in spring  

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:45

They need a lot of attention in pots Steve as they're hungry plants. They're far better in the ground but if there's no alternative, you can grow them reasonably well in a decent sized pot, and there are varieties specifically meant for container growing. I grew one last year up the railings on my back steps as I'd just moved and there were no places to plant anything really. It wasn't a huge pot - about 12" and there were sweet peas in it as well.  It'll be going into a permanent border this year though! 

Photos of your ponds please

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:36

Nut - I bought Spartina many years ago from a specialist grass nursery - in Suffolk I think -  which no longer exists. I was looking for it again last year for this garden, and located a place online but it was very expensive. On a trip to the nursery I was looking at grasses - and there it was for a fiver. 

I don't know why it's not more widely available as it makes a nice arching clump once it gets going. I remember Alan Titchmarsh having it in his Barleywood garden. I think it grows well in coastal areas due to it coping with varying water levels. I'm sure I read about it growing in and around Morecambe Bay but I may have dreamt that! 

Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 12:02

Pix as stated of the resin pot - you can get an idea of size from the other things around it. In the 1st pic it's the one with the Ligularia in it (large purple foliage) The 2nd one has emerging crocus in it but has primulas and robins in front of it.


Clematis plants in containers

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 11:01

Charley I bought some large resin pots from B&Q last year which were £15 each - they had an offer on at the time so it was 3 for the price of 2. They look like terracotta and I have apple trees planted in two of them at the moment. I also bought a big terracotta pot - a plain one - from Homebase for about  a tenner. It's about 18" diameter. I'll find a couple of pix to give you an idea of size. 

Rodendrum Help!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:51

A pic would be a big help Novice. As Liz an Dave say, your rhodie should have plenty of buds just now. Has it had further wind damage and are any other plants round about it affected?

Laying Grass

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:43

Hi Nathaniel - yes plenty of rain all year round here! When you lift the paving it will depend what state the ground's in underneath. The better prepared it is, the better chance the grass will have. The ground will be compacted so you'll definitely need to loosen it up a bit, and if there's any mortar bed left from the paving or lumps of stone/rock , you need to take them out so that you have a good surface, then you'll  need to add some decent compost or soil to bed the turf or sow the grass seed into. Once you have that done, level it out, firm it down and then lightly rake it ready for sowing/turfing. Turf is quicker but more expensive than sowing seed so it depends or your finances which option you go for. Spring is an ideal time to sow seed.

Hope that's of some help 


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:25

Morning all. Very bad night's sleep so not myself today. Very restless after a neighbour visited with some troubles on her mind. Perspective, as Verd said yesterday.

Quite a nice looking day here but rain coming later apparently. Not sure what I'll be doing yet. Ground is too soggy for me to do any of the stuff I want to get on with, but  I could get some compost and carry on filling the last (biggest) raised bed and getting some of the plants into it. It's about half done. Not really planned their positions though. Could plant the little Clematis 'Constance' I got last week too. 

Bill - hugs to your wife today. You'll not feel much like celebrating but I hope you have a nice time together. 

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:16

Made me laugh too nut. Birds don't have the means to clean up their mess, but we do - yet still some of us don't bother...

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