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Latest posts by obelixx

Front garden very uninteresting

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 16:25

Diablo can get big.  Mine has but I don't mind as it's on the border between me and an arable field.

I would suggest samucus Black lace as an alternative with deep, dark foliage and good flower heads and which responds well to pruning back when it gets too big. 

The colourful stemmed cornus would also be good as they get pruned each spring to grow new stems for the fresh winter colour.  Alba Sibirica has the reddest stems.   Elegans has variegated foliage and burgundy stems.  Midwinter Fire has flame effect stems but can sucker when happy and end up invading a bed.



edible non poisenous plants/bushes

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 15:16

Or red and blackcurrants which aren't as fussy about having acidic soil.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 14:01

Snow all round here too and -14C last night.  Brrrr!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 13:24

My garden this morning after a day of light but steady snowfall with north easterly winds and -14C overnight. 

March in your Garden

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 13:20

My garden today -

Even the new plants I have "safely" stashed in the garage got so cold last night they have all wilted.  -14C last night.

Far too cold in the greenhouse for babies so they're all indoors and the pots we epmptied out last weekend have been stashed in the barn or the garage again till this cold spell finishes.

veg suitable for shade.

Posted: 13/03/2013 at 11:04

Not many cope well with shade but salads don't lik eto be baked so I grow min in the shadiest bed although it does get full sun around the summer solstice.   Swiss chard does well there too so I expect spinach would cope well and herbs such as parsley, chervil and mint do well.    I have a patch of alpine strawberies quietly spreading in a shady area too, agian with full sun at the solstice.

WEATHER this week

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 15:58

We have a knee deep drift of snow by the front door and 6 to 10 inches in general depending on shelter from the wind.  It's been snowing since before I got up and doesn't look like stopping.   -14C expected tonight after yet another revision of the forecast.    Something comforting and spicy for dinner to cheer us up.

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 15:17

We can't get scaffold boards here so when we renewed our raised beds recently we bought roofing beams which are good and solid and long enough to cut to the various lenths needed for our veggie patch.   I showed monty's double depth beds to Monty and said that was what i'd like to do when I creae a new, sunnier veg patch and he humphed.

March in your Garden

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 13:07

I have two daffy dogs so coffee tables are not an option for me.  However, one of the dog's sleeping cages is under the kitchen window sill and home to several seed trays and I have chilli seeds enjoying gentle bottom heat on a radiator cover.

Frozen seeds?

Posted: 12/03/2013 at 11:56

Some seeds actually need a frost, thaw, frost process to break dormancy and I have several small bags of seeds in damp compost out the back of the house to see if I can provoke them into germinating - Japanese maples, clematis, rowans....

Others will germinate given damp compost and normal temps.  Some like lettuces won't germinate when it's too warm while others require bottom heat to convince them it's safe to germinate.  It depends on the origins of the plant.

As for you seeds, you'll just have to wait and see.   Give them 10 to 14 days indoors on a window sill before you give up but be prepared to re-sow.

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