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May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 12:44

Ah, Country FIle only went to Thursday.  But although Manchester is only 20 odd miles away but I'm nestled on the Cheshire Plain in Northwich so we avoid the worst of the weather in the region - more like Stoke really.  The only things I'm really desperate to plant out are Sweet peas and a couple of sunflowers (which are getting to tall for the coldframe) but I think I'll wait a couple more weeks ss I've grown some specimen ones this year.

I've was given 3 Bish of Llandaff last year which have overwintered well and a couple of yellow/orange ones, 1 of which has roots but no shoots so I've potted it deeper s I'm hopeing for a good display thie year   Look forward to seeing pics of yours & Kate's

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 12:20

Ooh - didn't look like it on Country File's weather, will be vigilant.  Thanx Geoff.  Tho I do hold with the old adage about not exposing either myself or my tender plants until May is out

Thanx Kate - sounds like you're a flower person as well!  Hope t'otherarf doesn't expet me to accept responsibility for the blighters EEk! maybe I shouldn't have said that

I saved some begonias from my baskets last year and 3 out of 4 are OK and growing

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:26

My grammar and spelling are awful!  Sorry - dyslexic fingers

May In Your Garden

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 10:25

OOp north we're frost free this week and we seem to be ahving a day of rain then a day of sunshine so not too bad, except like Koalagirl I'm in the office all day.

But we got the other half's potatoe's planted - our first go at veg

And I've found a reason to be cheerful about the weather 1 2 3...  The dandelion seeds aren't flying around everywhere!  Last year the warm dry breezy weather took them EVERYWHERE (there's a traffic roundabout 1/2 mile away that's full of them) and as I've got a newly sown wildflife meadow this year they would be most unwelcome!

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 14:14

I was going to throw caution to the wind and go tuplip mad this autumn but these stories of loss are making me think twice.  

I had good success in (a few) pots last year (dry winter, wrm dry spring) but this year they've not been so good (wet winter, warm dry early spring) - though the colours stayed true. I'm going to plant them in the borders this year after a good feed and hope for the best

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 09:21

Good luck thi them - think of them as an extended period lucky bag

What compost mix for poataoes in sacks?

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 09:15

ours will be well behind yours then - only planted them last night! 

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:05

Lucky girl - the anticipation would kill me

I saw an amazing show of them at a pub I stayed at in Kent last year and I've hankered after them since.  NOt sure how they'd fare in the northwest tho

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:02

If you 'Resize' the image to a lower pixel rate and save it you should be able to upload it.

Acer assistance - NEWBIE NEEDS HELP!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:00

They need light but not warmth so if they don't get much standing in their little pots on the floor, raise them up on something - just make sure they're not in danger of being blown over!

Did you put any stones of broken crocks in the bottom of the pots to help with drainage?  If not, stand the pots on something ridged with holes in the bottom to allow the excess water to drain away.  A plastic meat tray with holes made in it will do a reasonable job and the deepones will hold the pots upright too.

And yes sycamores are bad - when the leaves get a bit bigger, check them against mummy or you might be growing monsters!

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