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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 17:52

WManchester- dull most of the day, actually brighter now. Got to 15-16C this afternoon.

Both coldframes now open all day & 'just' overnight. That looks as if it'll all change for this w/end. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:56

Sun first thing today. Clouded over by early afternoon for the rest of the day. Warm though, much less wind & from a better direction.

Spent a good day doing all sorts outside. We still need more rain though as ground still very dry in places. J.

EVIL Japanese Anemone

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 20:50
obelixx wrote (see)

It's funny isn't it.  I like the plant but have a well bahevd clump of the pink stuff that isn't invasive at all.   I would dearly love to have some of the white but it just won't grow.   I have deeply fertile akaline loam which varies from well drained to boggy and the stuf fthat grows for me isin a shady, dampish bed that only gets full sun from 3pm between the equinoxes. 

Good luck with getting rid.  I can sympathise having my own problems with the usual suspects - creeping buttercup, nettles, thistles, couch grass and mare's tail which all love my soil and grow with gay abandon no matter how much I weed them out or paint with glyphosate.

I'm the same as you Obs. My pink September Charm is well behaved. I've only split it once in several yrs, purely because the clump was thin in the middle. I have small spring bulbs growing on top of the clump as it's always late in restarting, so a doyble use of the space.

I would love to grow the white Honerine Jobert, but it just doesnt like 'me'. 3x I've tried, no luck. So now I just remember the little front garden full of it just by the entrance to St Catherine's college, Oxford. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 17:57

Everybody had a busy w/end outside then?

Saturday was working in t-shirt weather, even in the NWest! Yesterday was duller & cooler, but no real rain until late on.

Today has been quite dull & cool with yet again another stiff breeze out there. Drizzling now. Washing dried ok though. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:32

WManchester- sun, windy again, but last nights' gales were worse!

Just walked back from hospital & got the dry washing inside. Heard a loud thunder clap & then a violent hailstorm! Sun again now......about 12-13C at the mo.

Hoya tips

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 16:27

Harras, you couldnt have accidently pruned away the 'stalks' from where the flowers form at the ends, could you? I know that I knocked one off my varigated one several yrs ago. It's only just decided to regrow another, so it should flower again sometime soon.

Also I understood that they prefer to be almost pot bound before they flower. Daughter inherited 1 from MIL & it had to be pruned quite hard to bring it back in hand luggage. It's now referred to as 'the triffid', growing very well & really healthy looking, but no sign of flowers yet. I remember that mine, a relative of 'Triffid' took several yrs before it too started flowering & now it starts most yrs in early February. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 17:10

Decided to wear my support bandage all day today & knee not so bad, yet....

It's been bright & windy here today. Not now gales, but still strong enough for me to avoid staying in the greenhouse for any length of time as the creaking roof panels freak me out!

The wind also felt a lot warmer than recently. Great to shed layers as I worked out there. J.

Bare rooted aquilegia

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:06

I agree, wait & see. They should be fine if the pots are now tucked up by a wall ie in shelter for the time being. They do tend to develope longish tap roots, so dont always transplant easily when bigger plants.

The season is at least 2 weeks behind normal, so plenty of time to decide where you ultimately want the plants to grow. By then they should look better J.

New bed is on a layer of paving about 12-18 inches deep -help!

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 15:01

We've discovered a similar situation at daughter's new, to her, garden.

Some bright spark has dumped a layer of tarmac, luckily thin & breaking up, underneath what had previously been a bed in front of where we know a greenhouse had stood.

So the job for this season/yr is to try & remove as much as possible & eventually will need a small skip- joy- as lots of other rubble/rubbish is coming to light as we explore.

Oh well, planters this yr for her veg/salad crops & hopefully by the Autumn we can have achieved some clearance. With my dodgy knee, back & arm & daughter's back this could take a long time.....

Good luck. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/04/2013 at 14:53

Well it has rained, but have a dodgy knee at the mo, so any gardening is out of the question, drat.

Bright with the odd shower & gales here in WManchester today. 15-16C.

OH & me have just had to replace 2 of the greenhouse roof panels. They are elderly polycarbonate panels fitted yrs go when we had vandalism problems. Anyway I noticed that they were missing, so went to find them. No sign anywhere, nor down adjacent alleyway- a real puzzle. Then I noticed that the next set appeared to have slipped, only to discover the missing panels!! They'd 'folded' over!

Anyway I still had an old glass panel in the shed, so that, plus 1 of the polycarbonate panels are now really firmly fixed in place. Good, because, knee permitting, I need to start moving seedlings, shooted dahlias etc down into there now the weather is warmer. J.

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