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Latest posts by Wintersong

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 09:26

I've woken up to a very wet and dismal day  Starting to really tire of this weather now.

I work solidly all through autumn and winter sometimes eighteen hours a day (I am a person of extremes) so, come spring, I am in need of rest and relaxation and gardening is my ability to recover from all that exhausting work, but at this rate, I might as well keep working!

May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 09:21

I grew my cowslips from seed a few years back but they never established in their original spot which was swamped with Aquilegias. Since upgrading them to their own patch, they are multiplying at a rapid rate  They get morning sun with afternoon shade.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 23:13



Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:58

Ops sorry Alina...I keep posting at the same time as you with my impatience to help


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:57

In my experience, black almost certainly means too wet whilst floppy means weakened growth. It may recover if given time and nurtured carefully but check it in daylight. If the discolouration is black spots, rather than die back (when the plant just looks dead and shrivelled) then it might be Shab, a fungal disease and you should bin the plant.


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:45

Lavenders don't like wet feet in the winter, adding grit allows water to drain away faster and planting in a little hump of soil, allows the plant to feel drier. This is often the case of Mediterranean plants.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:28

Does it have to begin with the letter W?


Posted: 05/05/2012 at 22:26

I always harden plants off before planting them out, no matter where I get them from. Even though my local garden centre displays their plants in an open air courtyard, it gets protection from strong winds and must have a slightly warmer climate dues to the surround of buildings. Also, quite rightly mentioned already, its feels great to buy plants in flower but often they have come straight from polytunnels and nurseries forcing them on to look their best and encourage sales. And it works! I can't resist a flowering plant.

Hardening off just involves bringing plants into the porch or house or sheltered spot each night for a week or ten days to give them time to adjust the cooler more exposed conditions of our back gardens.

What's it like in your garden?

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 21:33
<span><span>Koalagirlwrote (see)

<span>My toms are actually not as far ahead as they normally are.  In fact everything is behind.  I've just been checking my gardening diary and this year the apple blossom is about three weeks behind last year.  The <span>cotoneasterwas in full flower by 9th May last year but this year it is nowhere near flowering.

This will be the third year I have kept visual records of my borders to capture the beauty of the plants I choose to grow and also to help me make improvements for the following seasons. I always begin in April and label the files by early, mid or late Month and Year. This year, I was busy comparing my progress against other years and noticed not only slower growth in plants, but also a change in growth patterns, for instance, last year my poppies were already half grown in early April while my Acanthus was still a ripple of emerging leaves come early May whereas this year, the poppies have been slower and the Acanthus is already at a sizable leaf. My Sedum is massive already and my blossom is decidedly late to coincide with my Ceanothus for the first time that I recall and my Hostas were much earlier last year than this.

What have you guys noticed about your favourite shrubs and herbaceous plants?

Now you can add photos to your posts

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 19:11

I open mine in Microsoft Picture manager which gives you an option to change the file size and also has some preset options perfect for the web.

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