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Shrinking Violet


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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 10:35

Clear blue sky.  Wall-to-wall sunshine.  It really feels like summer at last!  It will be a busy day in the garden - lots and lots of stuff to plant out that I'd held back when the air was so cold.

Mystic Meg - can you tell us all how long this will last?  Is it a typically British few days' worth, or will we have a summer fit for a Jubilee, Olympics etc?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 20:32

Woohoo indeed donutsmrs!  It has been a lovely day here in WSomerset.  Sunshine all day.  Air still a little cool - but Teeshirt weather.  Fingers crossed it really does stay like this for the rest of the week.

Had to put the shading on the GH because of the intesity of the sun.  Now how perverse is that?  It's been so cool that I daren't take the bubble insulation down, and as soon as I do, I have to shade my tender plants from the sun!

(Never entirely content are we gardeners??)

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 23:15

I hardly dare say this out loud, so I'll whisper it instead:  it was very sunny here and quite warm.  It is supposed to get even better this week.

(Now that's put the mockers on it no doubt  )

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/05/2012 at 17:28

Cloudy and cool but dry.  It feels more like March than May .

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 21:25

Don't want to take over the weather thread - but David it gives me heart!  If my plants are lots of healthy (I hope) growth and leaves, but no real sign of flowers yet, it gives me perverse hope that experts are also struggling. 

Dunno what the weather will be over the next couple of weeks - but those who, at Chelsea, anticipated near-drought conditions, may wish they had opted for slightly different planting schemes!

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:41

You're welcome averil.  I look forward to hearing how your GH experiences develop.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:31

David  !

Could do with some real sun - anything but this grey, grey, grey. 

(btw my SPs are doing well - they seem to like this weather, are putting on growth and look pretty healthy.  Whether or not this will compromise the flowering - who knows?)

[Except you, of course, master of the SPs that you are )

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 20:25

averil - we were all GH virgins once upon a time

It isn't as daunting as it might at first seem - and a good bit of common sense, a reading of all sorts of gardening books - and asking on a good forum such as this, will help you to overcome the initial apprehension you may have.  When I first had a GH I had precious few frames of reference - you have the advantage that you can ask questions as you go along.

So - enjoy!  And no matter how humdrum your question may seem, please ask.  There are many who will be only too happy to help.

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 15:38

Oh, yes figrat - I'd forgotten all about the fan being set to cool the GH down in the summer.  (Not surprising, really, since I can't remember when we had a real, hot summer )  I would like automatic vent openers, but the ones I have got, I am unable to fit.  OH said he would do it ummmmmmm a few, ummmmmm a lot of years ago.  Still waiting. 

Choosing a greenhouse

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 14:54

My GH is my sanctuary - I could (do, actually) spend hours there, especially in the spring when I'm sowing seed, pricking out plants and potting them on etc.  I take my radio and it is a little bit of heaven, snug inside no matter what the weather is like.

My suggestions would be, like others, get one as big as you can afford and locate.  Then have an electric fan, that can be set for "frost" setting.  It keeps the temperature just above freezing, but only switches on when the thermostat registers the temp.  I have it a little bit warmer when I have seeds in there, but also use electric propogators, which have helped enormously.

I also insulate in the winter - bubble wrap does keep it extra cosy, so the running costs are kept as low as possible.

Hope that helps.

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