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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 15:03

In my neck of the woods Freesia are a greenhouse plant, I think you can grow them outside in a warm sheltered spot in the far South, probably not this year though.
My wife loved them so it was my job to keep them not too hot never too cold free draining yet well watered although not at first, they were labour intensive but the smile I got worth the work needed.
Scabious love a sunny site well drained fertile soil and if you cut them back after flowering will come again.
Still no rain on the Tees in fact it is brightening. just had a phone call, be on parade Sunday for lunch or else? fathers day or something, who invented all these days I ask.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 12:27

Hello Joe, hope all is well with the appointment>
You hedge hogs like mine probably have a bed in your garden and eat elsewhere, I watch mine trundle down the garden and over the road sorting everyone else's slugs out.
I thought of putting up a very low notice saying breakfast included in bed and board but not sure they can read without glasses.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/06/2012 at 09:38

The vagaries of weather in our neck of the woods always amazes me, My side of the Tees is cloudy although dry and there is a cusp of clear sky from the Coast over the south end of the valley and the hills, "Rain" must be getting some sun.
Both lawns are cut and bagged up for the green waste today, far too much to feed into the compost though some does get mixed in.
The torch is now travelling from the Scottish border down through our area this week so I expect rain, it will wash the Olympic rings on the Tyne bridge, some one called Grills is going to jump off with the torch, they do tell me you cannot blow the flame out but that is extreme!!

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/06/2012 at 09:59

Teesside sunny and warm today, we do have a mixture of cloud and blue sky, nothing looks too threatening though.
My peony's are well budded up and ready to open, this is the second lot, the first have been and gone, the originali come later than the modern ones. Foxgloves up and blooming after I staked them and yellow poppy's where I never put any, blame the birds?
Greenhouse open and very warm though I do have some plants shading some of the glass, lawn needing a cut although first I need some food, my grandchildren came last night and cleared everything out, it was worth it for the big hugs I got.

Frank.

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 15:00

Calendula and Geoff, depends on where you put it.
next door to me due to various badly planned building projects ended up with  a wind tunnel that formed a vortex, greenhouse in the middle.
 Hearing a mighty crash whilst they were away I went round and found the greenhouse had flown six feet or more crashing in a heap on their drive, I left it for them to shift.
just because it should not move it does not say it will not.

Frank.

Talkback: How to prune roses

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 11:07

Karen, cut back the branches that are dying back to a healthy out growing bud or take it right back to the base. At the same time take out any ingrowing thin branches to give the plant air in the centre.
This will not cause any problems with the flowering and it is better to get rid of any disease that could cause further trouble.

Frank.

Cucumbers

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:59

Mother Goose,it is likely Cucumber Mosaic a fungus spread by damp, insects, or even wind blown.
Try keeping the leaves dry when watering, give plenty of air movement and you could look in one of the garden centres for a spray, we would have used Bordeaux mixture years ago I have no idea what H&S want us to use in its place.
You could try gently wiping the leaves with a drop of warm water with a splash of washing up liquid, that works for me on many plants including roses although I use it as a spray on those.
Your cucumbers should be OK though>

Frank.

Securing Greenhouse Base to Paving Stone Base

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:46

I ask why? why put down the paves first? my greenhouse a Robinson was erected straight onto the soil which I did dig out a few inches. They supplied long steel ground anchors which when driven into the ground made the frame solid, it has never moved in nearly thirty years. The single pave path was laid down the centre and I used the two side plots to plant into changing the soil every couple of years.
As time went on I dug out the soil beds and put in a membrane covered with gravel to put pots on now the north side of the greenhouse is staging with warming beds and shelving.
What I am saying is the greenhouse changes as its use also changes, putting it onto a permanent slab base will reduce your options in the future, you are tied to a pave floor or dismantle and rebuild.
Give a lot of thought to what you wish to use it for, independent fastening down will give you many options for the future>

Frank.

Gravel Trays

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:31

I think we are talking two different things here, like Zoomer I run water over the pave walkway in the greenhouse for humidity when the weather is hot, I also keep several cans full of water warming up to water the plants next day. That is also for humidity which is needed for most greenhouse plants.
Now the gravel trays, the idea is to have the gravel damp so it is humid around the tomato's which they need. I would suggest taking a trowel and turning the gravel round the pots every couple of days, this will disturb the growth which will be harmless but unsightly, bringing fresh gravel to the top and let it dry out a little by keeping the water low in the gravel trays.
My tomato pots sit on a bed of gravel which I take the rake to a couple of times a week disturbing the small seedlings that seem to want to grow and clearing any weeds, chick weed seems to love greenhouse gravel, a run over with the Dutch hoe sorts that out.
Air movement is essential in a greenhouse so I have extra vents which I can open when needed and on very hot days (if ever) I use a fan to move the air.
Hope this will help but you will always get moss either on pots or the gravel when you have humid warm air.

Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 10:12

Maud, on our weather program last night both East and West Sussex where covered in rain cloud that is the sunny South for you.
Teesside awoke to cloud at seven this morning, now the sun is shining although there is some vicious looking dark cloud to the North. Some blue sky some white cloud overhead and the Cleveland Hills are in view today showing all the detail so "our Rain" if probably watching her garden dry out.
It is not as warm as yesterday although quite breezy, that should keep the clouds moving out to sea.

Frank.

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