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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 12:56

Who put the washing out only to get to shops in rain!!

Lots of dark clouds around, washing now flapping well, but not particularly warm even when in the sun.

Went down to about 3C last night here in my bit of Manchester. J.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 16:34

Good luck FC, fingers crossed up here too for you.

'B' cold out there today. Have had hail, heavy rain showers & sun all in one day. Plants still in coldframes, ok open during the day, but I think am about a week behind normal this year- combination of me being rough & the awful weather.

Have actually had to water some plant troughs of hardened off, by now, fuschias & gauras. They are tucked against a wall & must be in a rain shadow!

I've just been & closed up the one coldframe- dahlias & cosmos- & just put fleece over the big pots of 'posh' (named) dahlias in the other coldframe. I cant actually close it up as the plants are too big!

At least have runner bean germination & loads of Morning glory seedlings- plan to prick those out in next few days.

Daughter is now having problems with the size of the tomatoes on her sill!She needs to take the ones in the porch to her friend, as promised, & then I can empty her sill. Darent risk my cold greenhouse yet! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 16:22

We've had it all bar snow today! Hail earlier as well as lots of heavy showers & then brilliant sunshine.

I have actually had to water the troughs of fuschias & gauras that are tucked in by a wall- obviously in a rain shadow!

Have just nipped out again, before the next downpour, to close up greenhouse & coldframes, adding fleece to the big pots of dahlias in the one as cant actually close the lid!

Yes I think am about a week behind this year- combination of me, not being up to doing things, & the awful weather. J.

Planting Lily plants in the border

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:36

I'd tend to seperate them a wee bit. You should have some idea of their ultimate size & giving them more room would help.

If they are going into another pot then it's less of an issue. J.

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:32

Looks just like an Aquilegia to me. A self-seeding flower that will pop up most places & flower the following year. Very pretty cottage garden type of spring flower, but not nec one that you may want in your veg patch- although have to admit to a couple of magnificent specimens in my fruit cage! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:21

Sunny but rather windy here in Manchester today.Washing drying well.

We didnt get the cold night last night, that was forecast, after all. Still have fleece handy for the coldframes if nec.

My toms are still inside on various sills. Never risk them in my unheated greenhouse until late May, unless they just get too big for inside. That reminds me I need an organic growbag for the compost......tumblers in pots on the staging & ring culture for the others in the bed. J.

Advice from the odlies :)

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 17:26

It's so true. OH's Dad died when OH only a young child, but it amazes me what advice OH, a non gardener (!), can dispense with the words 'Dad used to do...'. Rarely has the advice been 'duff', I would have love to have met him. J.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 17:21

Phew, just got the lawn cut before down came the rain! Yesterday's warm weather had actually dried it off really well- considering it was skwelchy (!) yesterday when I was hanging out the washing.

Managed to get the shopping done & have a coffee out in between umpteen phone calls etc etc. Think have phoned everyone back........

The wind yesterday had removed the cloche lid yet again- definite brick on top now!

Anybody tried growing courgettes on top of a compost bin/heap? Have 4 really healthy seedlings & only space for 2, so just wondered ..... J.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 18:15

Hi all.

Great photos- all that effort pays off.

Have had a lovely day here- sunshine form the word go & still out now. Wind a wee bit keen though, so managed to tuck myself into a sheltered corner plus a good book!

Have collected all the dead wood that had come down from the alleyway tree. Yet again the greenhouse roof survived! Have abandoned contacting the council about it, they just dont care. Think I still have a job reference going back to 03!

Was thrilled earlier to spot a white Dicentra in flower- I thought I'd lost it. Dont think it did much last year, so now have made a note to it's whereabouts. Know that the 2cnd one has gone, but was older & they arent particularly long-lived plants IME.

Kate- I have a dahlia almost in flower in the greenhouse! All of them are really going great guns! J.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 16:12

Foccatia was gorgeous- in fact I keep nicking bits!

Hard luck about the roof Geoff, we have a rather big one at the front, plus a small one at the back. Both will get 'apexed' next time- next door has has their front one done really well & since ours the same size, shall get same builder to do as & when.

Extent of gardening today- removing all the plants from one coldframe into a 2cnd! The plastic frame of the first has snapped & with the gales the lid just wouldnt stay in place, despite bricks on top!

Good job had the 2cnd- now where are the dahlias going to go to be hardened off? J.

Once the summer over, when I use it for the woodland cactii, to the tip it shall go.

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