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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:23

Teesside, Sunshine at the moment although quite a lot of cloud around, still warm though.



Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:18

Lizzy, Mahonia like moist soil in sun or partial shade if it is one with large leaves.
They should flower in late winter early spring and then have berries blue-black.
prune them after fruiting back hard in April though this is not always done.
It sounds to me as if it is in the wrong place, we all do that, I have plants that have been all over the garden before they found a place they liked.
It can be moved by taking as large a root ball as you can manage, have the hole ready and if it is a large leaf then partial shade, that would mean early or late sun but not full south facing, drop it in the hole with the soil at the level it was at before, mulch round it without being too close to the stem and water in, keep moist for a week or so.


Floppy Rose

Posted: 03/07/2012 at 11:02

One answer is to push some twiggy stick support into the ground under the plant to lift it and take the weight of the flower heads.
Prune out some of the spindly stems to allow the others to thicken, when the flowers are finished prune back a third in Autumn and then take out the spindles in spring, it should in time get stronger.


winter protection

Posted: 02/07/2012 at 23:56

Depends on where you have it in the garden Saj.
They need a south facing sheltered spot with full sun, if you are in the South then that should suffice. Here in the North we grow them in pots and put them next to a wall from Autumn to Spring. They are very slow growing but can reach 10m or in my language thirty feet.
They are half hardy and in Southern Europe can be covered in snow part of the year without harm. You could try bubble wrap in the coldest period but let it breathe.
if it is a young tree do not expect fruit for a few years.


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.


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