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How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:46

I'm in Kent and the lateness of Spring has fluctuated between 3-4 weeks depending on how many warm sunny days we are getting.

As soon as the sun shines, things begin to leap but then a cold wind or gloomy overcast sky halts it all again.

Even old reliables are slow this year but what really concerns me is the bees and pollinating insects that I am just not seeing much of. I hope all is well.


What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:40

I haven't done any of those jobs Aliesh, just listed what needs doing.

The lawn is a mess..oh dear. Just thinking about it makes me sad. I like tidy! Grrr

I use a garden fork to stir my compost and occasionally the sheers if I have a lot of long, light carbon as its useful to chop it up a bit.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 17:13

I've been unwell for the last ten days...just some lingering flu-like bug that zapped all my, the question really is, What needs to be done in my garden today?

  • Mowing the lawn and strimming the edges.
  • cutting the path edges.
  • Transferring over wintered perennials from my veg beds into the borders.
  • Sowing a ton of seeds which are still sitting in their packets.
  • Stirring the compost bins.
  • Finish laying the bark chips on most borders to preserve water.
  • Some tying in and a spot of pruning back on rampant climbers.
  • Weeds!!!!!!!
  • The Chelsea chop of course.
  • Having a cup of tea when the sun does make an appearance.


There, I feel exhausted now just listing the jobs I haven't done yet. Oh well, at least a late Spring has kept things in reasonable order and there's always tomorrow


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 16:59

Yes! Quite, quite lovely

Can you tell me what these gorgeous tulips are called...

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:22

How lovely these are although I can't help with the identification, but in my own garden, I don't worry about digging them up or division.

I plant mine pretty close but not touching but I do have sandy soil so I'm pretty confident they wont rot through the winter.

Besides, every time I try to move a bunch, I put me damn fork straight through the bulbs or I miss some which perk up next spring looking all gorgeous and innocent


Invasion!!!! Already frustrated!!!!

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:15

Hi Red Dahlia, are you a recent convert to gardening? I ask this because sometimes just lawn does little to attract slugs and snails and then the minute we go and buy tasty cultivated plants, the little buggers breed like no ones business and in just a year or two, we suddenly notice them.

If this is not the case, I have used the blue pellets for a number of years successfully as well as piles of grit on the most susceptible plants in my garden, but I've also noticed that the slugs and snails are avoiding the pellets more these days, they seem to live right along side them, or is that my imagination?

Fatsia japonica

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:58

My Fatsia japonica needed pruning back a couple of weeks ago due to its hugeness and a little die-back from the winter months that usually happens.

It does tend to natrually shed leaves at this time of year as well and new growth unfurls from central buds.

I garden on sandy, neutral soil and have never given it any special treatment apart from the odd spring feed, although I did find it difficult to place when I first bought it and it looked very sorry for itself for a couple of years. Eventually it found a cosy spot in a north facing corner with shelter from winds for the most part, which must have helped because its now 8' 8' if I let it.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 10:39

It's February here in Kent. and not the surprisingly warm sunny kind of February either.

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 21:42

Gorgeous x2!

heloo every one

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 21:38


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