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Not all bad news in the garden

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 16:11

Had a walk around the garden taking stock after a good lunch and was surprised at how well most of the plants are doing.
My Hydrangea Macrophylla Sheila is in full bloom with pink corymbs of flowers, it is in a sheltered spot and gets afternoon and evening sun. The Heuchera has flowered with tall bracts above the purple leaves next to the Fuchsia with its red flowers and the Potentilla with its yellow flowers.
There is so much in bloom as other plants finish and get dead headed, The Peonia leaves are glistening as they take in the sunlight to feed the roots. It is not all good news but nature likes this weather better than we do.
We will write some things off, enjoy what we get and make plans for next year, that is gardening, look ahead not back.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:46
David K wrote (see)

Thanks for that, Frank, although it's bit 'coals to Newcastle' in my case, as I've always been a bit of a History buff meself......although I will admit to being mainly interested in the Tudor & Victorian eras.

Btw, I see folklore as being fiction in the main & history being well documented fact.

With you there David although I was interested in the Persian Empire and early Greek, quite a lot of that is documented and some folk lore which when you consider a lot of the books written about those times came hundreds of years later as written down folk stories it makes you wonder, thank goodness for Archeology.
It drives me mad to read books written about the war by young researchers that get it all so wrong, we all have our crosses to bear.


Deutzia - should it stay or should it go now

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:37

I have a deutzia that is 20 years old and has been moved twice before it found its place in life, semi shade with afternoon and evening sun.
It blooms in April May with a mass of white flowers that attract bees and hover flies plus other insects and it lasts for a long time.
At around four feet high now (it is slow growing) I give it a very light trim once a year and a feed at the roots in spring otherwise it is no trouble at all
I would suppose that it being an early bloomer it helps the insects at a lean time for them so mine will stay.

PS my spell check just came up with Deities for Deutzia?


Posted: 15/07/2012 at 10:27

If my Father found an ants nest he would pour petrol on it and toss a match.
My way is if they do not bother me I do not bother them.
My two boxes are of wood with a lid and for good measure an old plastic bag laid on the compost. I regularly turn it and damp it down with the magic garage mix, man made of course, apparently Ladies made is not suitable.
On the last garden show a herb grower said scatter fresh mint leaves where there are ants and they decamp?
We were in the north African desert Madeleine and saw ants large enough to give you a very nasty bite, we just kept away from them, if they did get too near on one of their foraging trips we poured petrol across the front of them and they changed direction. DO NOT pour petrol on your compost though, mind it would get up to heat fast.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 09:29

David, you kick started my memory of history lessons long gone, it was called history back then and not folk law. The interest stayed with me all my life having lived through historical or should that be hysterical times.
Swithunus Escopus Bishop of Winchester reputed to have gone to Rome with king Arthur? no Euro-train then.
Was Sainted when his body was buried in Winchester after it was rebuilt, with a bit of luck he will change the weather today and we are having sunshine on Teesside, the fourth day in a row. The weather forecaster told us early in the week we would get one day of sun and more floods, wrong again, it did rain after tea last night but my sheets will be going on the line soon as the washer is done with them.
People say history matters not, then it comes back to belt us one and we never learn, if we did we would not be up to our necks in Afghanistan. Live and learn we do not.


Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 23:38

Pamela, Do not try to heat a whole greenhouse it is a costly venture, what you need is a heated bed. I made a solid staging at one end of the greenhouse fitted a box around four inches deep sides and wood bottom then bought heating cable and a thermostat. You fill the bottom of the box with sand then lay out the cable fitting the thermostat to the outside then cover the cable with more sand. An electric cable to the greenhouse is required and will need to be armoured if it goes underground. I am lucky in that my greenhouse is a lean-to on the garage wall so straight through the wall and fitted to a proper cut out.
If that is not possible then you will need either gas or parafin and both give problems with humidity. Curtain one end of the greenhouse with bubble wrap and put shelving in for your seeds and plants it will not be cheap to heat that one small section but trying to keep the heat in a full GH is astronomical. I can also run a fan heater with frost guard although the garage wall takes in heat during the day and gives it back at night.
As for the raised beds keep adding the compost as it will give texture, hold moisture and give a little feed to the plants, I do add some granular fertiliser to my compost heap now and then as I fill the box to add a bit of life to it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 22:50
Zoomer44 wrote (see)

Might struggle to get camel do dar through customs Frank  and, having 'search me' stamped on my forehead, I'd find it a tad bit difficult to explain the contents of my suitcase.

After watching some of those customs programmes it seems people swallow it Zoomer!! Of course it would be wise to put it in a little plastic bag first otherwise you may grow green palm leaves instead of hair. Different, but could cause a few crashes on the M62 as you head to Teesside.



Posted: 14/07/2012 at 14:14

Pinkpeony, it is as simple as buying some eye screws at the Garden Centre and screwing then into the upright. You can then tie the plants in with twine also from the GC.
If there is no drill available get a nail and start a hole by hammering the nail into the wood, just enough to start the screw. then screw in the eye screw by putting the screw driver, rod, knitting needle ( a big one) through the eye and screw slowly into the wood. You could of course just use twine wrapped round the upright.
People use a mesh wrapped round the upright and wired together then tie into that, it all depends on how you wish it to look before the plant covers whatever you put on the post.


Home-made compost

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 13:57

Compost the magic mix is meant to be used as a soil en-richer which will allow plants to grow healthy roots. You put it in the bottom of the hole and mix in the fill in soil when planting. You use it as mulch to stop soil drying out and to add fibre to the soil, the worms will drag it down for you.
You do not use it for seeds or potting on seedlings although I do add it to my pots along with bought potting soil in bags which should have been heated to a much hotter state than we can get it in our own compost heaps.-
You are doing everything right Pamela and will have lovely stuff to dig in around your settled plants as a mulch but at the same time scatter some general fertiliser, we all have our own idea's on what though I do use a lot of bone meal which is a slow fertiliser along with some solid pellets of fertiliser, a light hand is needed as you can overdo it and burn the plants.
I am afraid that unless you have a soil steriliser, an old micro wave in the garage works, you still need buy seed compost or do as I do mix your own with bought compost fine grit and washed sand.
Just keep doing what you do and use it copiously around your plants and on the borders.


sea holly?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 13:37

Bluemoon, Sea Holly is Eryngium which usually has toothed leaves but your description could well be Eryngium giganteum which has heart shaped leaves and the spikes will be around two feet tall or more.
Without more information this is a guess although without the flowers it just might look like Cyclamen leaves.


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