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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.


Poppy seed

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 11:06

I leave the seed heads on and they self seed, from one plant that came from nowhere i now have a patch of lovely large red poppy's and one yellow which again just arrived, probably birds.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 10:58

What a difference a day makes, it must have rained all night here on Teesside as I have a pond in the garden I did not have before and I do live on top of a hill?
Woke at six and it was so black I thought it the middle of the night as against yesterday lovely and bright at five in the morning. It is still very wet although the sun is now struggling to make itself felt.
Posh I did many schemes on Exmoor some at night with compass and map so saw some nice nights and some awful ones, once getting snow in July and having to search for cold wet and very dejected recruits, it was a long night.
Daintiness, did your son take his bathing costume?


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:19

Teesside. Had to go out after the storm the sun was back and very warm, a quick shower on the way out and on the way back then sunshine until late when I looked out and could not see across the road for thick mist off the sea.
We have orange warnings for tomorrow, oh dear.


How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 23:05

Apart from a full north facing wall the sun will reach part of the garden at some time in the day. Directly under the bush at high noon there may be a dark time.
Take a look say on an hourly basis some day if ever we get any sun and see just what it gets. Have you thought about trying a fern of the woodland variety, or you could put a shade lover in and see how it goes.
All gardening is experimental as no two gardens are the same so play it by ear try a few things, I do it all the time, often just to prove the experts wrong.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 12:14

Welcome back Obelixx, just take it easy no point in knocking yourself up again, slow and easy.
Teesside nearly a full day in the garden yesterday with time off to sit in the sun and contemplate. I was sitting near a Geum that has flowered continuously for two months or more, it self seeds and puts up new flowers from the last years growth. The Bush Fuchsia are all doing well and in flower the "Jack French" being well covered. The Peony Alba is coming into flower now the Ruba is gone, the garden seems to love the weather. There was a lovely sunset last night after a quick shower of rain.
Woke this morning just gone five it was so bright, on looking out we had blue sky and the sun rising and so it was until eleven this morning when we had a thunder storm and a deluge, the sun is trying to get out now, glad I live on a hill as flood warnings are out.


How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 05/07/2012 at 11:57

Lennyboy, now would be a good time to very lightly trim your bush, you may lose some of the winter blossom but it will keep it tidy.
There so many plants that will go under although I use Cranes-bill, Geranium Grandiflorum, it is low growing and if you dig some compost into the ground on planting it will thrive and come year after year. Once it has flowered you can cut it right back, the foliage will regrow and you get a second flowering, you can vary the colours so it will flower at differing times.
Hope this helps


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