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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 23:56

"Rain" the reason I can see you is because I am on a hill too, the crud was in the valley, we had sunshine from six this morning until the sun fell from the sky, a very long hot day. I did manage to top up the compost but most went into the green bags, I must get a shredder.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 13:09

Teesside has sunshine although the temperature is vastly different on the east side of the house, an easterly straight off the sea is nicely cooling, The west side south facing garden is stifling so I keep popping round the other side to cool off.
Dug out some misplaced Japanese Anemone and it is hard work, leave one small bit of root and up it comes again.



Posted: 25/05/2012 at 13:56

DaveG there was a question on this yesterday and it sounded like frost damage, we had some nasty frosts last month.
They do need well drained fertile soil neutral to acid though one version will grow on chalk.
They want sun or semi shade and shelter from cold winds, mine are in semi shade getting early morning sun, a good mulch with home grown compost helps too.
Many of my plants have been all round the garden before they really found the place they enjoyed and took off so do not be afraid to move them if required.


Rowan Tree

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 13:48

Dovefromabove, Like many fruits that would make you ill raw they can be cooked in such a way as to make edible jams or jelly.
We removed the Rowans planted by the builders because several children made themselves ill eating the raw berries, children who have seen parents picking brambles which are abundant in our area probably think all berries can be picked and eaten, we also have hazel pears, cob nuts and elderberry which are regularly picked, to kids it is one more edible thing.
Sorbus comes from many countries Korea Canada as well as Scotland, the berries can come in various colours too so be careful what you do with them.



Posted: 25/05/2012 at 13:35

Ems2 is correct with the plants, one way of working is to dig as deep a hole as possible drop some drainage in it then fill with compost, then plant up, over time the garden will be blooming although in wet weather water will lay.
A field near me which was a market garden for nearly one hundred years before the builders moved in only had one foot of good soil on top of brick clay yet they grew good vegetables on that field. Raised beds would help if that is possible.


Make the most of the weather

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 13:24

Susan, well done on the clearance which is very hard work in itself. Plants are a personal thing, I love Peony's others say they are too short lived and not worth it, they are to me.
Really you need to wander round the garden centres where most plants will be in bloom, not much good for this year but you do see what you are getting a year on they will be settled.
Collect a few packets of seed, cheap and cheerful but read the packet for outside planting, height and spread. Fill an old coke bottle with very dry sand mix in your seed then after raking over a patch of soil make a fancy pattern by slowly releasing the sand as you move the bottle around, water in and wait. You can intermingle seed but make sure you get the smallest to the front.
Not all seed takes, some takes much longer than others so patience is a virtue in gardening.
You will have some show this year but by next year you can see the gaps that need filling, a pencil and note book are always handy in my shed.
Look around the gardens near you to see what grows well and what you would like yourself, as I said it is all a matter of taste.
good Luck Frank.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 13:08

Teesside is hot hot hot, been in the garden all morning chasing creeping buttercup that got everywhere when I could not get out to snare it, last bit gone in the bag "err" i hope. My washing dried in one hour flat.
Posh I hate Barbecue's apart from the smell, the badly cooked food and the limpid salad, I see no point when I can cook inside properly and they can take plates outside to eat it without the smoke and the smell. We reserve the outside table for the booze.
I did eat good Barbecue food in California, my SIL would light the fire outside a long time before he wanted to cook then on would go the best tasting steaks ever with the salad straight out of the cold box and what salad, they like fruit in it.
Not too fond of the huge fluffy very sweet cakes though, usually stuck with more sun ripened fruit.



Posted: 24/05/2012 at 16:10

Pinkpeony, Magnolia leaves are prone to frost damage and we had some heavy frosts over the last few weeks.
My way would be to forget the spray feed and use a good mulch of hummus rich soil around the base of the plant then wait, it should repair itself.
Depending on which type you have their needs vary Neutral or acid soil and some will grow in alkaline soils but all should be well drained.
Shelter from prevailing winds and some shade are needed, Mine gets early morning sun and shaded from the winds it has done well.
hope this helps.


What plants/Bushes go well with Malus 'red jade'?

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:59

Kirsty, Malus "Crab Apple" would normally stand alone as with all apples they do not like competition for water at their roots.
My Malus stood alone until it got too big for its boots and got the chop, we got plenty of fruit but how much crab apple jelly can one eat.
You could try Dogwood "Cornus" they come in quite a few colours, they will be all leaf in summer but when the leaves drop you have wonderfully coloured stems all winter, then you chop them right down in Spring. They do like full sun, can grow quite quickly but in winter they brighten the garden up nicely.
There are many things would go near your tree but they do prefer solitude, a bit like me?


Rowan Tree

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 15:45

p8ssi0n, Rowan are "Sorbus Rosaceae" and can grow quite large, if you do not have room for it the best plan is to give to some one who has. It has orange fruit which are poisonous so should be kept away from children.
It needs full sun or semi shade, fertile soil kept moist, although some will grow in dry conditions. We do have a few of them around here mainly on front gardens which in time they shade as the canopy grows, nice to look at but I would not grow one.


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