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Posted: 14/07/2012 at 21:07

I grew mine from seed this year, and they are doing surprisingly well.  Last year, the nurtured plants sulked in the cold of early summer, but made up for it by flowering their socks off from mid-August to November.  (They would have kept going until Christmas I think - but I cut them down and removed them before the frost could make them into a sorry mess!)

So I wouldn't give up just yet - I have high hopes that a bit of sun (please) and therefore better light and warmth will send them into ecstasies of flowering! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 20:15

In the life of Pick 'n' Mix, David, I seem to get all the hard inedible ones

Oh, well, I'm getting a bit philosophical about it all now - go on hols = rain (we always have some rain no matter where or when we go - the Med or US or stay-at-home.  We've got used to it now - lots of practice ).  Come home = sun. 

The garden is overflowing - lots that has flopped with the wet and lots that needs dead-heading, cutting back etc etc.  So that's the next week taken care of . . .

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Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:58

Home again - and would you believe it - the sun is shining!  And it's predicted to do so tomorrow as well. 

Driving back across Exmoor, the temperature was showing as 11 C - and this for July!  tomorrow is St Swithin's Day - so fingers crossed, everyone, for sunshine all round


Posted: 14/07/2012 at 19:44

aaaaargh!  Freebie Queen!  Beautiful yes - but still a nightmare


Posted: 13/07/2012 at 23:00

Nicandra aka Apple of Peru.

OMG.  My ex next-door-neighbour moved to Norfolk, and kindly (!) supplied me with some seeds.  In a fit of enthusiasm, I planted them, and passed on some seed to some friends (soon to be ex-friends I wouldn't be surprised).

The plant is amazingly large for so small a seed.  The flowers are a pretty pale blue.  The seedheads are reminiscent of "Chinese Lanterns". 

BUT - after a dozen years or so, I am still finding the seedlings springing up.  At least they are recognisable by their spotty leaves - but they are a real nuisance!

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 22:24

Well - you like to set a challenge, don't you?!!!  The north-facing aspect will be limiting, but not unsurmountable.  I like the suggestions given by others, but will again suggest you make haste slowly.

With regard to herbs - just check where they come from originally.  Mediterranean herbs are unlikely to thrive in your conditions.  You need hardier plants that will respond to the reduced light levels.  We'll put our collective thinking caps on for the future, but for now, I think you could perhaps go with the suggestions for instant results from the GC with ready-planted hanging baskets, and then plan for next year.  It won't be long before the spring bulbs are available - and they are always cheerful additions to the garden after winter!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 22:15

Grey cloud cover today, and a couple of light showers - which seems to pass for "good" in this current summer! 

Oh, well - we've had a bit of a break, so theoretically will go back home tomorrow refreshed.  Or rusty

New to gardening-need help!

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 22:12

Hello fabulousemmalina:  the best advice is - make haste slowly!  When you first move to a new garden, be it large or small, you need to spend some time appraising it, seeing how much natural light you get, whether or not you have a microclimate, and also checking soil conditions.

It would seem that you have little natural soil available, so are thinking more about tubs and troughs etc.  It is very late in the season to start, so unless you want to invest in a few "quick fixes" for colour, which will be expensive and may be wasted effort, you may be better off observing what you have, and gradually making plans.

You say you have a "yard".  How big is it?  Where are you located?  Do you know which direction your yard faces?  It may be that you will be lucky enough to create a mediterranean feel.  But if it's north facing for example, you will have to deal with much more shade, which will restrict the plants that are possible to grow.

Let us know on the forum some of the basics, and we'll see if we can help.  Doubtless there will be differences of opinion and of suggestions - but I'm sure some of the people who post here are extremely well informed and can give invaluable help.


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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:38

OMG David - I'd forgotten about the date!  Good job I don't suffer from triskaidekaphobia  

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Posted: 12/07/2012 at 21:09

Update of my hols in north Cornwall:

Mostly cloudy with a few showers for most of the week.  Get-outable weather at least.  Today, however, has been unremitting rain.  Either soft rain or hard, downpours.  Definitely not worth getting wet and trailing around.  Three cheers for on-site swimming pool (indoors) where wet is a different experience , books, cross-stitch and computer.  Hope for a bit better tomorrow!

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