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February in Your Garden

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 22:13

Figrat...What a lovely Clematis freckles, mine's been a tab bit disappointing, started to flower in December but a very poor display, there's lots of green leaves though and new growth. 

Clematis jingle bells hasn't been much better and there's alot of dead leaves on that. When do you prune.I can't get my head around pruning clematis .  I've one which flowers in spring and then puts on a show in late summer

Discovered a Christmas rose in flower today,hidden behind a fern. I've little daffs in bud and tulips are coming up really early.  

Planting seeds in the greenhouse

Posted: 20/02/2013 at 21:45

As Geoff has posted..It's still alittle early to sow most seeds, I'd be inclined to wait.

This doesn't answer your Q but If you really want to get ahead of the game with sowing seeds, and I'm thinking for next year, there are some flower seeds which can be sown July/August time and planted out Sept/Oct time to over winter, you would need to check the growing instructions on the packet for each variety. I did this with Foxglove, Bellis and Parsley ( and another but the labels blown away) Planted in a nursery bed, today was spent relocating them round the garden.

Sown Sept/Oct time,(depending where you live), sweetpea will over winter in the GH and I've also had success with cornflowers.   

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 20:01

Warm and sunny here, managed to get all the washing dry. Chilly this evening.

Finally got round to giving the shed a good tidy. So pleased all the pots were washed in the autumn otherwise the job would have taken three times as long. There's been a rogue mouse in there over winter, one or two things had been chewed through.

 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 21:45

It's was pleasantly nice in Aberdeen this weekend, sunny and warm today but was reliably informed they can get four seasons in one day at this time of year.

Hoping to get out into the garden this week to sort out the shed and GH and do some sowing indoors 

The Potting Shed.

Posted: 18/02/2013 at 21:19

Asda in Aberdeen are selling 3ft high blue gnomes, they aren't yet in the local Asda to me (England) ...but who knows after Chelsea... 

bolting seedlings

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 00:05

Thanks for the link figrat...thinks... will  be putting capillary matting in the bottom of the propagator this year, I have a problems with the compost drying out

The Potting Shed.

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 23:53

I think they're the height of bad taste but each to their own, quite like meerkats and I have a stone cat and a childs large colourful windmill which is moved around the garden to scare away birds from pecking seedlings.

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Overwintered failures

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:56

My garlic did the same.It was started in October and still nothing showing at the end of January, some of the cloves had gone soft  so against all good gardening advise and not to miss the frost I bought three cracking bulbs from a local fruit and veg shop, said they were grown locally, and the bulbs, whole, were started off in vases of water. In  no time at all the roots were romping away. There are about 30 to 40 cloves now in the GH with shoots. Must be the only person in the country hoping for a frosty spell so the developing bulbs will split.

Gave up on broad beans. Never been able to get them through a winter. Much prefer french/runner beans.

"desirable" plants that become invasive monsters

Posted: 14/02/2013 at 21:26

Verdun. We aren't on speaking terms due to a dispute over the fence  they say, whats goes around comes around

Another Vitopod question

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 22:50

Sounds an exciting new venture, how nice to have a heated propagator in the GH. Mines, an indoor window ledge type, so this doesn't answer your question but I agree with LearningSlowly, no matter how tempting it is, try to hold off germinating to soon. I learnt the hard way and am still learning. 

I keep a gardening diary of when early seeds are sown and whether the plants grew or not, which has been useful for stuff which needs a long growing season like peppers, chillies and aubergines. Was going to start sowing aubergines and peppers a week earlier this year. 

You might want to keep a dairy to include temperatures of sowings, then you'll know for future years which you've tried and what works, usually the seed packets say at what  temp stuff germinates but sowing times can vary as to where you live in the country. 

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