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Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 14:35

I have very heavy, sticky, wet, cold clay in some parts of my garden. Seeds which have germinated readily in these areas (either sown or self sown) include cosmos, dill, opium poppy, nigella, nepeta, geranium palmatum, feverfew and californian poppy.

If you want a cottage garden feel I would definitely go for cosmos, feverfew  and nigella. You will get a much higher germination rate with the cosmos if you can make a small seed bed somewhere. I usually sow mine (in a seed bed) about mid April. Pinch the cosmos back several times to get bushier plants which flower a little later but last through till the frosts. Plant in final location when about 6" high.


Posted: 30/03/2016 at 10:02

In the winter I particularly like my thermal waterproof gloves. They have a knitted style back which is very effective for warmth and a waterproof butyl type coating over the palms, bottoms of fingers and fingertips. Definitely keep my hands warm and dry in the winter and I have yet to wear a hole in these.

From spring onwards I prefer lighter gloves which are a mix of very thin, soft leather and fabric and resemble a full golf glove. They are very close fitting and the right ones have thin enough leather to allow for most weeding / pruning / dead heading tasks. I usually develop a hole in the palm (where the hand fork and secateurs nestle) towards the end of the season.

For pricking out and potting on I either wear no gloves or use latex fine touch gloves - tend to be single use only.

For tougher jobs involving thorns and branches I have leather gauntlets - last for several seasons.

As others have said - the only way is to try them on and see what's comfortable for you. Cheap cloth gloves are a waste of money for me - I usually wear a hole in them after a couple of hard pruning sessions. Most leather gloves are way too thick for my taste. I cannot do anything other than coarse shredding / digging type work in anything other than soft really thin leather gloves.

Only started using gloves a few years ago after I sustained quite a serious injury to my knuckle from a rose thorn (became infected and rather nasty). Has made a difference but I still seem to have dirty nails 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 29/03/2016 at 13:37

Hello Betty - welcome to the Forum  - some of them are slightly bonkers on here - enjoy

Lovely sunny day at the moment - but a few heavy showers around too. Trying to weed and mulch a small area but I'm just doing an hour or so at a time - slept awkwardly and shoulder is - ouch.

Call for lunch - SYL 

Monty's Dog

Posted: 28/03/2016 at 15:26

Regularly seems to get cancelled for Affeletics [  ]  in the summer KT.

Am seriously not a fan of all that running and jumping so I especially resent this particular intrusion into my viewing schedule. (Wimbers is acceptable though... )

If we can have Match of the Day on 3 (or is it more?) nights a week  - why can't they just leave 30 minutes of GW alone? 

PS - Big fan of Monty and both his dogs. 

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 20:46
Lovely! Hope the waterproofs are good!

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 19:18

I only know how to do it a really long winded way - so I don't post many pics from my camera. iPad is ok though.

Hope you can work it out

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 19:01

We know it's frustrating BL and Hosta - we're 'normal' drivers 99% of the time and get as irritated as anybody else by thoughtless drivers of horse boxes, motorhomes, caravans, other trailers etc etc. That's why we try really hard to do 'the right thing'.

A little courtesy and consideration goes a long way to making the world a happier place (and giving us safer roads)  

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 18:39

Give it a good talking to Fairy - I know a few choice words that usually do the trick

I know you've done loads of uploads & know what you're doing (grandmothers and eggs and all that) but is the file too big? Just a thought.. 

HELLO FORKERS March 2016 edition

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 18:34

Glad you got out today Fairy - lovely pictures again. Making me feel homesick for my favourite part of the world.

Next time you get stuck behind a caravan please give them a little wave when you eventually get to overtake - just in case it's us .

We're the 'van that always tries to pull over or let people past as soon as it's safe to do so - especially if somebody has been stuck behind us for more than 5 or 10 minutes. Amazed though by how many people refuse to overtake - even when there's a really clear, wide, straight bit of road with no junctions, nothing coming, excellent visibility, slowed down to 20 miles an hour etc etc. They just make it difficult for everybody.

We've been shovelling and shifting tons of compost and top soil again - fortunately rain stopped play before my back did. G&T, hot pot, bread & butter pud and The Night Manager tonight

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 18:23

Lovely pictures as always Fairy 

The little vole is quite cute too - even if the little critters eat all the beetroot from underneath leaving  just the leaves and a shell - grrr. Still cute though 

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