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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/05/2013 at 11:41

Wild out there today. Wind really strong, but funnily enough I didnt think felt as cold when first walking today- still wore the gloves though- until I started back home facing right into the wind!!

Sun sort of trying, Washing still on the line. It's about 10C out the back now, but because the garden faces East, feels a lot colder when out there today.

The only gardening done today was the opening of coldframes & staking a dahlia before it snaps, despite still being in a coldframe. J.

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 14:07

Yet again the fleece was used on the plants last night in the now 'cant close because they're too tall etc' coldframe & the unheated greenhouse.

Normally all my planting out, patio pots of dahlias, toms & peppers in the greenhouse is complete by the end of May half term- next week- this year, it'll be at least another couple of weeks.

I've had to risk putting out trays of cosmos seedlings, small fuschias etc to by a sheltered house wall, so that I could refill the coldframes with things that were just too big to stay inside on sills any longer. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:44

She shouldnt have much to grumble about should she Frank?

It's cold out there when walking into the NWest wind! I didnt care & wore some wooly gloves. Lots of sun, the odd shower threatening but none yet, & the wind is strong.

Last evening I'd fleeced up plants in the big coldframe, which I cant fully close because of the size of the not yet fully hardened off plants in there & also in my cold greenhouse. It didnt go down quite as cold as expected, thank goodness. Tonight supposed to be slightly warmer. J.

pruning clematis Montana

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:37

Mine is looking fantastic too this year- nowhere as big as yours, but big enough. Because of poor health last yr I wasnt able to do much, if any tying in, so it now is quite well intangled with the soffits of the extension-oops.

Am enjoying the display & the perfume, but once it's finished flowering the tree saw will come out. I always feed it after the prune, done every 3+yrs, & because the roots are fine it soon romps away.

I tend to go back to about 1-2ft from the base on the main stem. Checking you should be able to spot the 'nodes' from where it'll restart.

Good luck. J.

Can we talk about viburnums?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:27

OH & myself were blown away by a fragrance when recently visiting a small nursery. V.Burkwoodii came home with us! Another, almost identical in flower, wasnt quite such a stunning perfume.

I've got a Boidnantse Dawn, which I cant actually smell! It does look good though. Yes quite large, but IME copes well with quite radical pruning every few yrs. My clematis Alpina is extending the interest by just starting to scamble through it from its adacent trellis. I also have another white flowered viticella, no idea of name, which is allowed to scramble up it from being planted below.

With the discovery of 2 similar looking plants smelling differently my advice would be to actually do the 'nose' test & get the one that you prefer. Buy a small plant if possible & site it to allow it to spread, but somewhere where the fragrance reaches you in the garden. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 12:51

WManchester- the sun has just come out! Wind quite strong though. Off to cut the lawn next.

Tonight shall be popping fleece over things in my cold greenhouse & the 1 coldframe that cant be shut because the dahlias in their pots are already too tall, but not yet fully hardenend off. J.

North Facing Front Garden

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 12:45

Agree that ferns, Hostas & Mahonia will all do well.

Dont forget though that the very end of the garden, unless shaded by the house, will actually be S facing & so should get more light. That can influence the choice & success of some plants. With that aspect the best colour will usually be in the spring when any overhead tree canopy is less.

Heucheras, hardy geraniums- lots to choose, spring bulbs, tellima, epimediums, lamiums, vincas- the last 3 all excellent ground cover. Bergenias, ajugas, japanese anemones.

If soil acid/neutral then for shrubs- azaleas- lots of sizes & colours available. Skimmias, forsythia, acuba, chaenomeles- ok may not flower as well as if in sunnier spot. Ribes too. Hydrangeas- the lacecap types good if some soil moisture. I've even got a couple of Weigelias in N & NW facing borders. They both get some extra light from the side aspects & do well.

Hope that gives you some ideas. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:33

Started off dull & dampish in WManchester today. Ended up quite warm with some sun.

I have moved a lot of plants from the coldframes to by house walls to finish hardening off. Things from the greenhouse are now in the coldframes, slightly open. Tomato plants are now in closed up greenhouse along with the morning glory seedlings. The tomatoes were just getting too big in the porch. I'll get them finally potted up next week.

Fleece sheets are to hand, but so far so good.... J.

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:25

I always do the sedums, phlox, taller campanulas, turtleheads- they look good if they are 'layered'. Definitely saves the need for frantic late staking when they all flop after heavy rain/late in season.

This yr being 'late' shall start it next week. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/05/2013 at 20:47

WManchester- not too cold overnight after all. Today has been predominately dry & even some sun! Then this evening we've had a couple of thunder claps & now it's steady rain- good because I forgot to water in the planting I did earlier!! J.

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