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Latest posts by Palaisglide

July in your garden...

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:39

Gardeners are the original optimists, over the years I have seen June and July just as bad with maybe a little less rain but still cold. Then late August and September it has all changed, things pick up and we wonder what it is was all about.
Last year my tomato's etc came early and were gone, other years I have been eating my own well into October, this could be one of those years.
Nature compensates, we will get a harvest as we always do, when is the question, and next year we will be out as soon as the New Year is over doing it all again with the highest of hopes.
That is gardening and always has been, we live with it and take what nature gives us, every year is good in some way, the timing is a bit out is all, gardeners take it as it comes.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 22:26

You learn something new as they say
Tonight I found out that something I observed many years ago as I toured the ICI refineries at night has a name.
Night Glowing Clouds? We in the north east apparently are best placed to see this phenomenon of clouds glowing and changing showing pattern changes and colours.
I had seen the northern lights a couple of times and wondered if this was similar but no, it happens this time of the year as the sun below the horizon reflects on the cloud formation. The weather girl had pictures up and I knew I had seen it happen but it only can be seen on a narrow band across the north of England.
It also showed the jet stream well south over France and Spain so more wet weather for a while yet then.

weed id please

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:44

This does not look like Lesser Celandine and is definitely not creeping buttercup so I would say Mouse ear hawk weed.
It is a weed and wants taking out, it will spread but not as fast as creeping buttercup or celandine.
I watched celandine cover the floor of the local woods from a few plants near a beck to covering and smothering all the banks around in less than six years walking my dog.


Soil on Grass

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:34

Soil on existing grass was how we levelled bowling greens.
Each year at the end of season there would be runs or folds.
After scarifying and aerating we would put a load of lawn soil on the green and rake it in leveling with a long plank. The soil contained seed and fertiliser it was then left to over winter and we would then cut it dropping the blade to find a perfect sward.
Slight hollows would get the same treatment it must have worked as we got many a slap on the back for a nice smooth lawn.
Use a good compost mixed with agricultural washed sand and mix the seed into it, rake it level using a plank from the lawn to the paves leaving the lawn side slightly high as it will settle. If too high push a spade in and lift enough to remove soil with a trowel drop the sod back and water well.


What is this plant

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 17:18

Kara It would be good to know where the soil in the pot came from, was it holding a bought plant, birds drop seeds, I have a lot of them coming to the feeders they then sit on a wall, you should see what comes up under that wall.
Lonicera have a couple of hundred species from tender (greenhouse) to very rampant which will take over if left, it would be interesting to know how it progresses.


What is this plant

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 12:37

Kara, every post has merit as there will be someone who is asking the same question so never be shy to ask.
It is definitely not Clarkia and it does look much like Lonicera (honeysuckle), I have one that crept in from three gardens away. Has any garden around you got one as they will send out a long shoot then root from a node.
They are coming into bloom around now depending on which variety it is. Go out as the evening cools down and sniff the flower, you will then know.
If other posters know they will tell us on here which what it is all about.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 10:13

Teesside, no sun as yet but no rain either. Windows open to let the light breeze through the house very warm and guess what the sun came out as I write.
Swarms of bees on the Peony's and cranes bill which are in full colour right now, the foxgloves still have a few flowers left for them too.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 16:12

Teesside, it turned out nice again as you could tell by the buzz and whine of lawn mowers.
I thought I was getting my daughters dog today for a few hours but my grandson came in with him, "I would rather stay with you than go to a craft fair" he knew I would be cooking lunch. He had two helpings of everything and is now eating iced lollies and the dog is flaked out full of chicken.
"oh well" two satisfied customers and the sun is shining.


Do I need to deadhead Begonias?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 11:39

Bev, there are no silly questions in gardening, the flower head is the seed box for the plant and when it sets seed it gives up, job done. We nip the head off to keep it up to speed doing its job for us producing more flowers.
The answer is keep nipping the dead flowers off and the plant will keep doing its stuff.
I suppose to young gardeners us elderly know Al's do come across as a bit comical, the thing is even at my age well past retirement we are still learning from each other, we all have our own methods so at times it can sound a bit like a world war as we argue it out, we are harmless though.


Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 01/07/2012 at 11:29

Bob it is not consolida (larkspur) the flowers on that form a mass up the stem, the ones in the picture are individual stem flowers.
I looked up Borago officinalis (Borage) out of curiosity and it not that either.
The leaf is a bit like Anchusa, they grow to 12 inches well some species do.
I know I have none.


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