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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 20:23

Another good day here in WManchester. Ok it clouded over late afternoon, but was still comfortable to sit & watch the birds at the feeders.

My gooseberries have already got a nice lot of fruit & the sawfly grubs have struck!! Have had a good couple of sessions of grub collection & stamping/sqishing this w/end & today. J.

Hello I'm a Lily Beetle, come and get me!

Posted: 03/06/2013 at 20:18

I've only stamped on 4 this year so far! They go for my frittilaries! 2 were on adjacent Aquillegas & the latest 2 on Japanese Anemone stems- I never actually saw/found any on my poor frittillaries this year.

I keep an old jam jar outside ready to catch them. Then they get tipped onto the slabs...... J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 29/05/2013 at 18:38

Raining again in WManchester. Started mid afternoon.

It did start dry, but dull, so a group of us had a good walk along the nearby canal & in the local woods without getting wet.

Have lived here & nearby for over 30yrs & today was a first for me. More to explore soon. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 12:03

Wet, wet, wet today.

Am now going to leave both the coldframes wide open 24hrs.... otherwise things will never be hardened off.

At w/end Daughter planted out the courgettes that I'd grown for her, plus cloche for extra cover to start with as not fully hardened off my end, but just getting too big to transport easily.

She gave me some rather anaemic French bean plants that she'd grown. Hmm, hope they cope- still in my coldframe for the time being. J.

planting out runner beans and courgettes

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:57

At w/end daughter planted out, plus a cloche cover, the courgettes tjhat I'd grown for her. They are already pretty big & I couldnt leave them any longer or transprting them would've been a nightmare. We're in NWest.

This week the coldframes are staying wide open 24hrs! At least today wont need to water anything..... J.

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.

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