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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.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 16:01

Ha, I thought it was dying down a bit earlier! No chance. The lid to one coldframe has repeatedly 'flipped' despite bricks on top! The plants from there now been put into another coldframe, luckily empty, & the first just abandoned. Suspect the loose lid blowing around could drive me mad overnight if this wind continues- too close to bedroom window, drat!

I shall use it to have the woodland cactii in for over the summer months, then to the tip it shall go! Part of the plastic frame has snapped, so no point in trying to mend it. J.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:16

Hi all, awful day here. Daughter had to go & pick some rosemary for the foccatia that she & OH were making- very yummy. I'm hibernating! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:10

Manchester- heavy driving rain, from the East which is unusual for us. Strong winds too. The greenhouse roof panels still in place!

Temperature out there is actually dropping cf first thing this morning! J.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 21/04/2012 at 16:49

I allow self-seeding in mine- sometimes it gets a bit out of hand. A couple of yrs back I mulched a new lawn bed with homemade compost & over the next couple of yrs had a wonderful display of self-seeders, especially the forget-me-nots! This yr have loads of Aquilegias, not yet fully out, but I did remove a lot last Autumn.

I've taken the fleeces off both greenhouse & coldframe plants as there is sufficient cloud cover, I hope, to prevent too low temps overnight.

Oh & have watered all those tomatoes on daughter's sill. Some will need potting on this next week, so hopefully my energy levels will allow it. J.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 16:23

I've just been down to the greenhouse to replace the fleece over the dahlia pots in there. Honestly wish the Met office would be consistent with the local forecast- lunchtime news 4C overnight, 3pm 2C, which means poss colder in my garden- grr.

Am being patient Kate. Got another hospital session tomorrow, so any garden plans 'on hold' for a week. Mind you the weather no help! J.

How do i plant Morning Glory

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 16:15

As as already been said, they dont like the cooler nights, so depending on whereabouts in UK you are you need to know your local night temperatures. Am in NWest & sow mine in May- must admit sometimes I soak pre sowing, sometimes not. Not usually a problem. J.

Talkback: Taking geranium cuttings

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:29

Quite correct Kate. I still do my pelargonium cuttings in terracotta pots.

BTW OH hates the smell of them-oops, several on table in porch & more 'on the go'....J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 14:26

It's much brighter today & fewer showers in Manchester. Have removed the fleece off greenhouse dahlias, no cold nights expected for a few days.

I remember 76- my finals & wedding! It rained the day before, so was fresher 'on the day'. J.

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