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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 18:54

The mind boggles at your swimming cozzie, Frank! 

I think most people's soft fruit is ruined by this damp weather.  My strawberries are rubbish - though the raspberries are OK.  The canes only grew about 4' high though, because it was so dry - but the current wet weather has swelled the fruit.  Good crop - but hard to harvest with lots of lush greenery as well.

I hope your grandchildren realise how spoilt they are (in the best possible way) - Sunday roast on a Tuesday?  Lucky them!

The Peak District is one part of the country I have yet to visit properly Jo - what  have seen of it I know it's lovely.  Hard to tell your Peaks from your Exmoors in driving rain though!

I see that Tatton is being shown on BBC2 on Friday before GW.  Weather is said to be getting better by the end of the week.  Let's hope so.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 13:59

Well - I think I've got here at last!  It's taken ages to scroll through the thread ten pages at a time - either my computer or the site won't let me go directly to "view first unread post"

Anyway - yesterday was lovely and sunny with a good breeze, so perfect for getting holiday washing done and dusted, as it were.  Dead-headed lots of stuff, and it's beginning to look a bit tidier in the garden.  Didn't get lawn cut, though.  OH picked up a bug/food poisoning from the meal we ate out on the last night of the holiday on Friday!  So I had to devote some time to my Florence Nightingale act. 

Today, he's a bit better, but it's raining again, so no gardening, lawn is soaked and shaggy in need of a good trim. 

I saw the forecast for the end of the weekend, so that's a bit hopeful.  Geoff your photo reminds me, I must look out my bikini.  On second thoughts, maybe not  


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 . . .

What's the weather like in your area?

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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