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Latest posts by Palaisglide

replanting after hedge removal

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:58

Libby, I have known Currants and Gooseberries do well on a north west side but they were well off the fence and did get some sun. Most fruit needs an open area and plenty of sunshine. We gardeners are always up for a challenge so nothing to stop you trying a couple of different fruits and see how they go, remember most berries fruit on last years whips so may not fruit the first year.
There are some Clematis that like a shaded area they come in three main groups and need differing cultivation, the labels on the pots should tell you what they need.
Lonicera (honeysuckle) will grow almost anywhere.
There may be a lot of wood dust still on the border and that will eat off the Nitrogen, anything you plant will need watching and normally I would say leave it a year, but I know we cannot stand looking at bare bits so take a chance. Others will come up with ideas and you takes yer choice as they say.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 12:36

Teesside, a bit of everything, sunshine cloud the odd spit of rain and to think in March I got brown as a chocolate bar in the sunshine for a week!
The Toms are still in their 3 inch pots but standing up like guardsmen, the herbs are growing rapidly out of their pots, if the sweet peas do not go into final position soon they will flower in their pots, suddenly it is becoming a need to get things moving.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 14:41

Teesside, Sun all the way today after the crashing rain which went on for hours yesterday afternoon and evening. Out all morning along the back lanes, you can see the hills from Eston Nab through Roseberry Topping and Arden Great Moor a lovely view when it is clear as today.
Noticed in my local village the Cherries are in full bloom and also the Horse Chestnut trees, nearly all the trees are now coming up to a full canopy, nature is sneaking in under the rain clouds. Most of the fields up the lanes have water laying in them it does not seem to bother the sheep.
it appears we play war about the weather but the Flora &Fauna just gets on with things.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 10:56

Teesside, when we did get it early evening yesterday it was a full blown storm, the rain was running down the windows like a power shower which it probably was.
Today raining when I put the bin out although it is now barely a drizzle and brightening as I write.
HappyByker David is right, my greenhouse is open to allow some air to circulate closing it down and putting heat on will not help now.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 14:57

Who put kitty among the chuckies then, I should not have mentioned sun glasses.
Got into town as it really clouded over and a bitter cold east wind came straight up river from the north sea. The market stall holders dashed for their fur coats and I shot into the shops. It is now blowing strongly, feels like snow, "oh well" I saved the price of sunglasses then. Changed menu baking potato's gone in oven, salad will keep.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/04/2012 at 12:56

Teesside, so sorry to rub it in but the sun is shining though it does keep vanishing for a few minutes behind the cloud at 13:00 hours after being out all morning and not getting wet.
Now for an egg sandwich (I had the bacon one yesterday) and off to the library though I may just stop and buy some sun glasses .
Goes off singing "when April showers should come your way"

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 13:36

FloBear, spot on and I too remember her as a black painted hulk alongside another one anchored in the harbour. They had what looked like big garden sheds on the main deck but no spars at all.
Now she is a proud ship once more fully rigged and school kids welcomed aboard all part of the museum but she is floating on her own hull which makes her the oldest ship afloat. Also aground when I was stationed down there was a U Boat, it seemed to be just left to rot, did they ever re-float it or was it scrapped.


decorative pots

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:31

Pansy2, I would put a Thuja plicata in your pot, it is a small slow growing Golden Conifer I have had some for years and they give a year round show for little effort apart from a light trim and a feed now and then. They like a slightly acid soil and the gold turns to bronze in the winter. They are fully hardy and mine have dried out a couple of times with no ill effect. Taxus another Conifer is more vertical but still golden and slow growing, the scent from the conifers is quite nice too, well I like it.


Dieing seedling

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:14

Kevc, seedlings are like new born babies they need TLC, too much of everything can kill them. Too much heat, cold, water, too rich a compost and in some cases unsterilised compost. I use my own mix of seed compost 1/3 compost 1/3 fine grit 1/3 washed sand. The potting on compost is only 1/2 compost 1/4 grit and 1/4 washed sand. An old fork to get under the seedling and lift with plenty of compost attached to the root system, with my potting on tray ready filled with compost and firmed down just a little (do not compact it) poke a hole in the compost with pencil or prodder and ease  the seedling into the hole but sink it so part of the stem is also in the hole then gently firm the seedling in. Water trays or pots from the bottom up (stand in a bowl of water until the top of the compost looks just damp) stand aside to drain excess water and then put in a light warm place out of direct sunlight at first and out of cold air flow. Turn the trays daily so they grow evenly and try to make sure the warmth is fairly constant at first, they do not like big variations in temperature.
It all sounds a bit time consuming but you get into a rhythm when potting on a lot of seedlings, I put my music on, brain out of gear use a high stool to sit at my compost filling tray dreaming of a lotto win, time flies.
One thing to remember some seedlings will fail and you will not need all you manage to strike, discipline is needed to just pot on what you need plus a spare tray then the rest onto the compost heap.
Hope this helps,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 08:49

Alina, The sun shines on the righteous as it is doing now at 08:30 as i drink my morning tea.
Teesside after some night showers is now bathed in the golden stuff, a mottled sky with a bit of everything up there including blue sky and I can see clearly (they should write a song about ti) the Cleveland hills. Need some shopping today but can see a nice afternoon in the garden coming up, may need to change that to GH or Garage depending on the task.

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