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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 13:47

Teesside dry although getting quite cool. Granddaughter came this morning back from Sunny Spain yesterday and brown as a berry, she spent the time in the pool.
We definitely need some of that sun.


Isn't a thankyou in order?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 13:41

If you do not have expectations of a thank you then it is a nice feeling when one happens. It seems to be an age thing, us older ones say it as an automatic reply the younger ones often think it is not needed. I still automatically hold a door open for a lady and have been told more than once "I can hold my own b##### doors" you shrug and still do it.
Most answers on here do get a thank you, often quite effusive which shows people do need the advice given even if we at times get it wrong, at least it points them in the right direction. Thanks or no thanks I would still answer the questions.


Does anyone know what this plant is?

Posted: 09/07/2012 at 12:41

Muddy, Looks a lot like Vinca Major or periwinkle a vigorous sub shrub the five petals and glossy leaves remind me of it but then I could be wrong.


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 10:40

Gardening Grandma, in Bridgend I met the Welsh dragon as well as the one that was on my shoulder patch. The Mother of my girl friend of the time Nesta, a long story!!
I often wonder what happened to Nesta, Nancy from Porthcawl and Ruth from Rhyl.

Only some of the flower heads on my Peonia Alba have opened but we did get a cold snap off the north sea for a couple of days they do not like that, oh well next year then.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/07/2012 at 09:58

Teesside yesterday was relatively dry although dull, the family arrived so it was mass bacon sandwiches at noon, the grandson said "better than big mac's any time" I should hope so.
Today the leg of lamb is in the oven for a long slow cook "oh" and the weather? "well yes we do have some" high white cloud with what could well be a struggling sun although the Hills to the south are covered in very dark and dour cloud, poor "Rain" I keep telling her to move.


Peony Pruning?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 22:49

Gardening Grandma, bearded Iris will grow right up to the arctic circle as long as they get some sun and a well drained soil neutral or slightly acid not lime.
Mine get noon to evening sun and I mulch them or should say around them as they like their crowns uncovered.
I saw plenty of sun when stationed at Bridgend also belting up and down the Breckons plus some good holidays at Tenby. Probably not this year though.


Gardeners world weather

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 15:43

Right Geoff, it all looks a bit high falluting, we should run one of our own for the fun of it, there a re plenty of rhyming folks out there even more so after a couple of single malts.


Gardeners world weather

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 15:04

Are we then they must be better than our local TV forecasters who get it right about one in five. This was an e-mail to me and many other I assume and it mentioned a Poetry Competition? any information out there?


Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 13:41

I did watch the Hampton Court programme last night and my heart went out to the plants people who worked so hard to get some half decent plants ready only to have them washed out, heart breaking yet they will be back next year, that is dedication for you.
The World gardens were interesting and having spent time in dry arid places thought the first view of the Jordanian garden far more typical than the view through the arch.
Some of the so called gardens I would call flamboyant fashion models seen once and forgotten others more in the realm of us gardeners but we would soon be adding removing and altering things to put our mark on it.
Alys is the modern trend having watched her trips through her own garden on TV I did wonder how she found anything in it. It did look more like a teenagers bedroom.
RdT always shows her knowledge and adds a certain something for us older watchers.
The sweet pea section was enlightening in that he sows his seed very early in the year and mulches well, so much for the thousands of posts on here as to Autumn or spring sowings, root pots or not, and any other fads we have, the plants man gets them in and lets them find their own way and quite successfully too.
Lawns can be hard work depending on whether you want a bowling green, football pitch or a nice green plot in your garden. I have two, one put down a year or two back where there had been gravel with a lot of pots on it, I much prefer the lawn. If it is too much there are plenty of people who seem to be in the business, I see vans arrive then a short period of noise and they are gone, then the people are not retired as I am so probably need the help.
Overall Interesting and anything is better than wall to wall tennis so I will look forward to tonight's programme.


Completely clueless newbie!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 12:44

Littlegardener, Rockeries were all the rage when I was a lot younger, Alpines, Saxifraga, Daphne, Erinus, Aubrieta and always Viola. The list is long and you really need a nursery or garden centre that has them. I live on the North East coastal area with the same problems as you will have, the weather mainly comes off the north sea so much cooler although it can be drier than other parts of the country.
Whilst your rockery is installed and left to settle make a study of what grows around your area, check out the Garden Centres and any plant centres, you will usually find they are very happy to answer queries and give advice on setting it all up. If you use local suppliers they will have stock that is used to the conditions in the area.
You will have fun trying things, some disasters we all do, even Monty Don showed us some of his disasters on TV this year so do not be put off by them, try something else instead, experiment with seed and plants and above all do not expect a perfect rockery in the first year or even for a year or two after, gardens have to evolve.


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