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Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 10:45

Lorelei - I think we're sending our dampness up the Bristol Channel to you.  Sorry

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 10:37

Cloudy.  Damp - intermittent rain/drizzle   Could be worse, I suppose - but that is due later in the week in the form of heavy rain and thunderstorms.  Only things this sort of weather is good for are - slimeys and crunchies! (oh, my poor lettuces - looking rather lacy round the edges.)

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 23:22

David - I hadn't been able to get 6X at my local GC until this year.  When I lived in Hertfordshire, I could get it from a number of local GCs, but down here it hasn't been readily available.  But I  always found it to be superb - all the plants benefit from it being mixed in with potting compost, for example, in pots and troughs.  And I knew a gardener who shoved a couple of handfuls into the foot of an old stocking and soaked it in water to make a liquid feed.  Haven't tried that (yet )  It would certainly be more "perfumed" than the SPs )  It may be pricey - but a little goes a long way.

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:35

Mine are doing pretty well, David, considering the awful weather.  They are grown in deep troughs, enriched with "6X" manure, and they seem to like it.  I had too many seedlings, and gave some to my next door neighbour, and hers are nothing like as good, despite being but a few yards away, and having the same aspect.  The only real problem I have is lack of perfume.  It seems to be quite a problem, since I've spoken to many others in the village, and no matter which SPs they are growing, they are all reporting disappointing perfume.  We are all assuming it's to do with the poor weather. 

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:29

I have loads in the garden, and give loads away,too.  I grew them originally from seed many years ago - so long, that I can't recall exactly when, but I don't remember having had a problem with germination.

I agree with others - once established, they are as tough as old boots, spread seed everywhere, and the seedlings can be pulled up, potted up, re-planted anywhere and they just seem to thrive. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 12:56

Dry but more cloud than sunshine.  Looks like we'll be getting the worst of it as yet another front works its way up the SW peninsular

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 19:14

James and others new(ish) to gardening - I do sympathise, having learnt an enormous amount from Geoff Hamilton and Geoffrey Smith many years ago.  However - all is not lost:  this message board has some very knowledgeable people around - so I suppose it's a case of ask about anything that you're unsure of.  I know it's not the same as actually seeing it on GW each week - but beggars can't be choosers!

And as one who has been very critical of the BBC for there being no GW for four weeks - I wonder if there is a reason other than sport for its absence?  For all we know, Monty et al may need a break or be committed elsewhere.  (It wouldn't hurt the Beeb to explain, though.)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:38

Mostly dry yesterday - until late afternoon.  Then it chucked it down for hours.  It was hard to get to sleep, the rain was so forceful on the windowpanes.  But today it is bright and breezy - lots of sunshine and the garden isn't as battered as I expected it to be.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 12:34

Very good point Gary.  I don't suppose it will cut much ice with them wot's in charge, though

(btw am I alone in worrying about live animals being used as "window dressing" for the opening ceremony?  The noise, lights etc would be enough to scare most animals.  I suppose the RSPCA has been consulted.)

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 23/06/2012 at 19:48

If audiences are at the heart of everything they do, blueberry, then I reckon this is a cardiac arrest that requires an urgent transplant!

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