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March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:17

I must admit to having a soft spot for Sunflowers Zoomer especially the Black Magic and Teddy Bear,  my Russian Giants in 2011 were about 10 ft tall thankfully not the 16ft that they can get too,  I'm dreading having to prick this lot out though will take me few days I would think, I just hope that I get a good turn out of seeds as last year was a complete wash out but then the year was literally 

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 22:10

I am thanks David but the ankle does twinge when it's cold,  just as long as I can potter about the garden planting things I'm OK ,  got new trellis for them to climb up so roll on growing.

Creosote - Which one and the best technique?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 20:28

Creosote Substitute as far as I'm aware has been removed from sale,  the product that's on the go now is called "Creocote" I use Wilkinson's own dark,  it smell like the old fashioned creosote £10.95 I think it was for a 4ltr container,  it's wonderful stuff and covers like magic,  I just use a 4 inch brush and just sweep the fence down before starting so I don't get the cobwebs in the brush don't think it will go in a spray gun but I don't have one so cant vouch for that.

Growing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 20:22

I've set some away today David and put them in the gh outside that has a fleece cover,  I thought I had some seed to do an Autumn sow which I did in 2011 but because I fractured my ankle in the December of that year they didnt get looked after and I couldnt get to them because of the pot so the seedlings died and I couldnt get to the shops to get fresh seed for last Autumn (actually I forgot about them) so only got the seeds on Saturday,  anyway,   they will be OK won't they David I know they are hardy things but there's going to be such a change of night time temperatures over the next week with hard frost or mild .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 20:12

Bitter bitter cold with a cutting North westerly wind,  not that strong just very cold, the highest it got to was 8.3c managed about half hour in  the garden my hands were frozen so called it a day,  it's now 1.2c so I guess there will be a frost tonight 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 11:27

It was -2.8c when I went to bed last night and through the night dropped down to -4c brrrrr,  this morning it was 1.1c with an absolute pea souper of a fog which even now is just dissipating,  the sun is trying it's hardest to burn through but wont hold my breath and it's only 4.5c,  I'm sure I saw on Sky News yesterday that it was supposed to hit 16c today,  wonder where that will be ?

March in your Garden

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 11:23

Morning folks,  I've finally got the rest of my seeds done as follows

Sunflower....................................Teddy Bear

...................................................Red Sun

..................................................Mixed

..................................................Italian White

..................................................Colour Fashion

.................................................Russian Giant

.................................................Toy Shop

..................................................Black Magic

Cornflour

Nigella 

Rudbeckia.................................Rustic Dwarf

Aubrieta....................................Large Flower Mixed

Pansy........................................Swiss Giant Mixed

Hellebore.....................................Red Forms

..................................................Black Beauty

..................................................Viridis

Osteospermum............................Mixed

Tagettes......................................Orange/Yellow

Sweet Peas..................................Giant Waved

....................................................Singing the Blues

.....................................................Royal Mixed

I think that lot will keep me going for the whole year,  I have just done 1/2 of the Sweet Peas I shall do the rest in the Autumn and grow through the winter  as I have done the last few years.

March in your Garden

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 20:09

Artjack,  what exactly is a Tree Peony ? 

March in your Garden

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 22:52

I agree with you hollie hock about the garden this time last year,  I'd just got my pot off 1st March so couldn't do anything at all let alone stand up but the garden was just plodding on,  the weather was very mild and the daffs,  crocus and snowdrops were in a little world of their own so by the time I managed to get outside to have a look about the second week in March they were past their best,  April was lovely as I remember sitting out and enjoying the sun and a few weeks in May were the same,  but,  then what happened,  it started to rain and really didn't stop for 10 more months but the garden still plodded on along with the weeds and sodden ground.

The daffs on the grass road side of me are a few behind this year so won't be pick-able for Mothers Day this year,  it's amazing how many grown ups take themit's such a shame as they look so cheery when you walk past them

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 18:12

Hi obelixx,  I set some seeds away on Friday after bringing one of plastic gh's into the kitchen as it's still far to cold here to set seed and the Cosmos have already sprouted so I shall be pricking out soon,  fortunately the gh outside has a fleece cover on it  so they will go there,  I have another 22 packets of seeds to do yet so going to be busy,  On the subject of hanging baskets I'm undecided as to whether to use my easy fill ones this year as I'm finding it rather hard now to lift them when they are full as they do take a lot of plants,  5 round the side and at least 5 on the top if not more,  I do have 6 lovely blue wicker Laura Ashley ones so might just stick with them but then it depends again on the weather,  I do hope we have a Summer this year 

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