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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/06/2012 at 14:27

Bright sunshine and very breezy.  Everything is drying out nicely (including all my laundry!).  Cool, but not unpleasant.

(Glad I'm not in West Wales - the news reports show it as being terrible;  in the circumstances, I think we got off pretty lightly with the recent gales).

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 11:12

What a night!  Hard to sleep with gales blowing and rain being hurled against the window.  It's calmed down somewhat (!) and is just blowing quite strongly now and raining just a bit.

One of my beutiful lupins succombed to the weather and had bowed to the inevitable,  I've staked it - but of course it's never going to look as magnificent as it did.  Own fault - I did tie up and stake lots of things, but mistakenly thought it would be ok.

The last blooms of the aquilegias have been blown away, and a couple of roses have been beheaded by the gales.  But overall, we survived!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 16:05

Yes - the forecasters said that it would be particularly windy along the Bristol Channel - and they weren't wrong.  The wind is picking up and it looks like the amber warning was about right.  The only good thing is that, for the moment, it is not raining as heavily, so I'm off out to batten down the hatches as suggested and tie up some of my lovely plants that are likely to get flattened!  (And to think, it's only a couple of weeks to the longest day.  Summer????)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 07/06/2012 at 12:08

Raining Relentlessly.  Cats, dogs, monsoon - got the lot here!

Can you help identify this flower

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 21:52

Alkanet - which, in my experience, is a nuisance with long, strong roots!  (pretty, though)

Talkback: Unpleasant plant smells

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 19:01

Jengil - I sympathise, though for me it wasn't a plant smell but a perfume:  Poison.  It was so heavy and sickly that I had to ask a member of staff not to wear it because it affected me so badly.  And I can't stand it to this day.  (fortunately, it's not particularly popular, I think.  A bit like Brut aftershave - yuk!) 

Sorry - drifted away from plant smells.  But I can remember only too well that perfume smell nearly a quarter of a century ago!!!!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 14:05

Warmish (19C) and bright sunshine.  Lots of clouds, though, and we had a very sharp shower this morning - just as I was unloading shopping from the car.  But at least it isn't as cold as it was the other day.  And the garden is looking at its very best - full of colour from foxgloves (love them, too, Frank) and lupins which I grew from seed - and the colours are a bit of a surprise.  Not too sure about the pink one next to the oriental poppies!  Everything else in full fig, too, and it looks great.  The rain has done the plants a power of good. 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 16:06

Well, I was right, and we sent our rain across the country.  But it is now dry, the sun is shining, although it is rather windy.  So hopefully the weather in central and eastern parts will gradually improve, too.

Janet 4 - thanks for the info.  We are making no headway in the moving lark, since the housing market seems to have stalled, and there is very little interest being shown atm.  It hasn't helped that Porlock has had some building work and a new relief road built, so it has looked like a building site!  Oh, well, perhaps it'll settle down and if we get some better weather, people will think more readily about moving.  Until then - we're rather stuck waiting for things to happen this end before we can seriously put in an offer on anything in Tiverton

sweet williams

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 16:01

Gardeningfantic - if you set seed this year, then you can look forward to blooms next year.  So be patient, nurture you little plants, even if they seem a bit on the weak side, and, fingers crossed, you'll be well rewarded this time next year.

Perhaps I confused things by referring to my "last year's plants" - by that I meant they had been sown in 2010, bloomed pretty well in 2011 and are going strong now in 2012.  But I wouldn't expect much from them next year.

WHITE LEAVES

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 15:56

I'm not sure that I would put them under a cloche now.  Although the temperatures have been pretty low, the wind will strengthen the roots if they aren't staked and the rain will do them good.  They will be checked a little in growth when it is cool, but should pick up pretty quickly in the warm.

Hope that helps.

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