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Grandpa had one just like it

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 11:54

Bit of a sideways thought here-

OH is not a gardener, his Dad, a retired farmer was. He died when OH a child. I'm amazed at the comments OH comes out with about growing vegs usually- all correct too, drat.

I'd have loved to have known him though.

His Gdaughter is following in his footsteps. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/11/2013 at 11:47

It started dry here in WManchester, but by the time I was walking back from the library a brolly was needed. About 11C out there now &, although it did go a wee bit brighter, it's raining now. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 31/10/2013 at 19:08

No frost here yet.

About 8-9C first thing this morning.

A sort of dry day, bright periods with a lot of ominous dark clouds mid afternoon, but no actual rain.

Tomorrow looks awful here, rain++ & OH has just asked me to return his library books...great, waterproof trousers at the ready! J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 10:47

We keep having very heavy showers in WManchester. No damage as storm way south of us, phew. Still not that cold though, J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/10/2013 at 18:12

Oh goody somebody found this thread again.

Was sun & rain on/off all day today in WManchester. Not particularly cold though. The wind has now increased again, after a lull earlier. Think, hope have battened down everything outside.

Good luck those in the direct path of the storm. J.


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 17:59

Agree with Chicky. Can you just get them inside under cover asap until this storm has passed over? The pots could topple over/around & things get damaged.

Then if you have a coldframe/greenhouse- doesnt have to be heated IME- then they would prefer to be under cover over the winter months. I'd wrap the pots to insulate the roots & with the deciduous ones remove the dying leaves. I'd then cover the pots, wherever you've decided to keep them, with a couple of fleece sheets/or a cloche. On mild days just check that there's no mouldy leaves remaining. J.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 15:32

Well I do plan for 1 portion to go into the middle of a side bed to, hopefully, obscure next doors' swing seat/small patio. A 2cnd bit to the back of what will become next yrs veg plot- assuming I can deal with the roots remaining from the fruit bushes that I had to cut down- dont ask. And now that 3rd bit apparently has to stay in the 2cnd veg plot- hmm, I can feel a Chelsea chop session happening next spring to reduce the overall height of that clump! Corgettes will be in that bed so no problem, she says. J.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 15:20

Helianthus 'Lemon Queen', sorry no pic. It's HUGE & has been flowering non stop for weeks. Covered in bees, weather permitting, no chance today

I want to split it & move the whole, as the back edge of my raised veg bed, yep not the ideal spot but just put it there couple of yrs ago as needed somewhere quick! OH has forbidden me to move all of it as it does make a wonderful sight. Drat, it also obscures/shades part of the  bottom patio where I like to sit out late afternoons. Oh well, hope to get 3 lots from it when I do brave splitting it. J.


Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:10

IME if you look carefully around near/sometimes not so near (!) the plant you should find several 'babies', from previous yrs self-sown seeds. Ok the foliage is very similar to that of Aquilegias if you also have those, but you should be able to identify the thalictrums. They pot up & transplant very well in spring/autumn. J.

Planting sage and thyme together?

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 17:04

IME thyme dislikes to be shaded by any other plant, so a separate pot  for each may be an answer.

Gritty, poorish MP compost, NOT a substantial one like JI3, would be best for herbs. Dont forget to wrap the pot for the winter, the roots mustnt freeze. Also stand the pot on 'feet' to help keep the drainage. Full sun position, if possible.

I must admit that everytime I've tried sage in a pot it ends up 'unhappy' despite my best efforts with compost quality & drainage, sun etc. I did however put a sage plant into a sunnyish spot in very shallow soil, barely 6'' in depth, overlying the brick sub-straight (i think that's what you'd call it) at the patio edge. The plant is huge & obviously very happy, despite the previous 2 cold winters. The poor thyme however, in an adjacent patio crack, is completely swamped by the sage, so cuttings of it are now in the coldframe! J.

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