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Shrinking Violet

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What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:03

Bright and sunny though a fair bit of cloud and still a cool 'nip' in the air.  Should be warmer tomorrow.  But Thursday onwards - we have a yellow alert for - guess what?  Rain! Again!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 23:12

Oh Rain - what a shame.  The pic is lovely.  A couple of thoughts:  first - have you tried the product "Get off my garden":  it's readily available in GCs and there are green jelly-like crystals that you sprinkle around to deter cats.  I've found it's worked in the past.  Secondly - if you still want to sow grass seed, then, as I understand it, this is not a good time of the year to do it, unless you are prepared to ensure regular watering (though we may get enough of that naturally!)  Late summer/early autumn is often given as being a good time, since the heavy dews help with moisture, and the ground is warm to promote rapid germination.  And since we've had a cool spring, the ground has a way to go to warm up properly.  Hope this helps. 

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:59

@yarrow2:  thanks for the reminder about the Harlow Carr way of getting them to germinate.  I've just watched it again.  The chap said it could be done either in the autumn or the spring, although they favoured the spring sowing so they could identify each plant's colour.  Nothing about planting the under-ripe seed, though.  Perhaps I confused the other advice with ordinary primulas. 

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:38

I found it impossible to get any germination from dried seed.  But Carol Klein said in a previous series of GW, if I recall correctly, that the primula family of plants is the exception to the rule about ripened seed, and showed how to propogate by sowing fresh seed.  I intend to try this with my plants (bought as mature plants) as they stop flowering.

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:18

But you're a chap, Geoff, and everyone knows that men don't do nimby-pimby pinks and pastels.   Now - Monty is a case in point.  He clearly loves his Jewel Garden of bright colours, and it does look stunning.  But I get the impression that he's none too keen on pink for some reason or another.

btw bold, clashing (almost) reds, yellows and oranges can be stunning.  Trouble is, they are the palette of late summer/early autumn, I think, and I want some - well, lots of - summer before all that! 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 15:00

Thankyou sotongeoff - quite inspirational!  I'd forgotten about some of those - and I can picture them fitting in perfectly with some planting schemes. 

(Perhaps we should have a colour-driven photo thread?  Mind you - I'm still struggling to find ways of posting photos.  I did have a photobucket account - but a change of laptops and a falling-into-disuse has made that route hard.  Technophobe? Moi?)

Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:30

Ditto.  I wanted to look up some info I know was on a previous thread, to which I had contributed, to try to help a new poster.  Couldn't get beyond the first 10 of  "my posts" 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:25

Alkanet?  In full flower at this time of year, as discussed elsethread.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 12:02

Temperature about 15 C here, at the diametrically opposite part of the country, Rain!  Lots of sunshine and clouds scudding across the sky.  We may get a shower or two - but the sun truly lifts the spirits, especially after recent weather!  I'd like to think this was the start of summer - but then I looked at the week's weather on Countryfile last night, and I'm not too sure.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 23:14

Sunny and breezy here all day - perfect for getting the washing dry.  (My mother must be turning in her grave - what!  Washing out on a Sunday!!)  Some rain this evening and expected overnight, but the next few days should be (fingers crossed) pretty good.

We had the Olympic Torch on the third day (May 21st) in our village.  It was a lovely event - I was a street marshall helping to keep the crowds under control .  But it was exciting to see it, and I've followed a lot of the progress round the country since then.  All the Jubilee bunting - in our case, put up in advance - added to the street decorations.  Brilliant. 

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