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17 April 2024 06:47:07
The mild weather has certainly brought on the flora in my neck of the woods.  Bluebells are flowering a week or two earlier than usual here.  Our Hawthorn tree is also a couple of weeks ahead with buds ready to open, although I suspect they’ll hold back a little now it’s turned cooler. 

Last week I had a visit from someone who lives near Manchester and she was saying how much more advanced the trees are here.  
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17 April 2024 06:54:55
Originally Posted by: Caz 

The mild weather has certainly brought on the flora in my neck of the woods.  Bluebells are flowering a week or two earlier than usual here.  Our Hawthorn tree is also a couple of weeks ahead with buds ready to open, although I suspect they’ll hold back a little now it’s turned cooler. 

Last week I had a visit from someone who lives near Manchester and she was saying how much more advanced the trees are here.  



What a difference a hundred (or two hundred) miles makes!

I recorded the the first bluebells near here on 24th March; the hawthorn and wild cherry have both been out for a week or two.
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This story made me chuckle.
Garden grasses guru awarded rare RHS medal
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cy9xld39y8lo 
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Neil Lucas (left) received the medal from RHS president Keith Weed

 
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20 April 2024 07:48:35
The worry over the next week or so is that with unusually cold air spreading across Britain, then if the wind falls light there could be some severely damaging frosts. The apple blossom is well started now ...
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20 April 2024 10:10:53
Originally Posted by: DEW 

The worry over the next week or so is that with unusually cold air spreading across Britain, then if the wind falls light there could be some severely damaging frosts. The apple blossom is well started now ...


Indeed David. What's unusual too is that I began watering some pots a week or so ago. Those recent gales and strong winds dessicated some plants in the garden. It is pleasant enough in a suntrap but the shade is another world. And when the sun goes down it's uncomfortable outside.
 
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23 April 2024 07:47:09
Apparently it's been dry, for at least week, in this part of Cornwall. The farm we're staying on is about to put their cows on to grass today (and they're gorgeous looking cows and calves! Their two bulls are also big handsome beasts too) and the other local farms have started to get crops in the ground.
 
I wasn't sure where else to post this so hope it's not too off topic! I'm just so impressed and interested, you can tell they put in a lot of effort here to keep on top of things, that there's not even a whiff of a smell (well maybe just a little bit, and I mean just a little, it's not even noticeable) as our accommodation is adjacent to the cattle barns and I got to see them all have their "dinner" last evening. 😊
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23 April 2024 10:28:11
The wind, low DPs and a dryish couple of weeks have brought back the problems of last Spring. If you sew seeds they need watering now and the tenperature is checking anything that germinates. However last April was similar and went on to be a bumper year on the allotment. I think the secret is to delay everything till later as October's seem warmer than May these days so the growing period is just later.
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23 April 2024 10:44:36
People are complaining about a cold April but the trees in flower seem to have taken their cue from earlier mild weather. The foxglove tree (Paulownia) which I can see from my window is well into bloom. A few miles inland at West Dean, despite being in something of a frost hollow, the Paulownia there is just starting into bloom.

In Kent, and 30 years ago, the foxglove tree in the school grounds rarely flowered before late May, typically in half term so only a few people ever got to see it.
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23 April 2024 11:55:03
The thing is, perhaps we've got too used to Spring being a 'warm' month. But to reach May without reaching 21C this far south would still be notable in my book. A week to go.
Yesterday was almost bleak with a high of 8C and light rain through the day. Today is better at 12.9C with complete cloud cover.
It's odd seeing almost summer like vegetation, the oaks are almost in full leaf but feeling chilly.
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26 April 2024 11:18:20
In the same vein as the above posts. I've finally decided to transplant sweet peppers out into the greenhouse. They have been grown from seed in a propagator from 3rd January but just too cold to transplant. They already have flowers on and were well rootbound, will have to see what happens.
I've also sown melon, courgette and cucumber seed this morning. Tomato seedlings on a heat pad in the potting shed are coming along slowly. 
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It's a different year to last April.
Last year, my wisteria was in full bloom on the 12th of April. This year it's in half bud.
There are two ash trees on a green outside, hardly a leaf, though healthy ones for the moment.

The oaks around here are in near enough full leaf.
As good as a test as any this year for the old saying when the oak is out before the ash and all that.
If it's true, it means we are in for a dry summer. We'll see.


 
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30 April 2024 09:17:36
Originally Posted by: StoneCroze 

In the same vein as the above posts. I've finally decided to transplant sweet peppers out into the greenhouse. They have been grown from seed in a propagator from 3rd January but just too cold to transplant. They already have flowers on and were well rootbound, will have to see what happens.
I've also sown melon, courgette and cucumber seed this morning. Tomato seedlings on a heat pad in the potting shed are coming along slowly. 



My pepper plants have been in the greenhouse for the past 2 weeks now but no flower buds yet.

Tomatoes seeds I always saw 3rd week in Feb and they too have been in the  greenhouse for the  last 2 - 3 weeks and survived chilly 3c no problem,

Planting out tomato plants this weekend, probably Monday
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03 May 2024 12:48:16
Runner beans sown this morning. Mangetout tomorrow. 
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03 May 2024 15:37:27
On 17th April, I posted that our hawthorn tree was in bud and suspected the coming cold spell would hold it back.  It certainly did but the warm weather we’ve had this week has brought it into full bloom. It’s so full of blossom, it’s almost luminous and is the best I’ve seen it in almost 40 years.  It has a very delicate scent as well, that I’ve never noticed before.  At least I think that’s what I’m smelling.  
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05 May 2024 17:40:13
The very delicate scent of hawthorn is now a less pleasant stronger smell.  It’s been a warm 20c today, I suspect that’s the reason. 
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05 May 2024 17:54:41
We have half the lawn down to "No Mow May" again this year. The Yellow Rattle is taking off and cowslips have done well. Ragged Robin moving now too.
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06 May 2024 18:16:09
Pleased to be using peat free compost. At B&Q locally, the resultant mix is not rotted down enough (rushed through the mass production I suppose) so last year things struggled in pots. Moved on to more expensive stuff this year with John Innes written all over it and it is doing well. But on a pension this will be a stretch longer term!
Have used comfrey leaves for the first time as reco'd by Monty Don. Their roots go down so far they harness less attainable nutrients. Wintered whole until they putrefy under a weight then mixed with water, but boy! Does it smell.
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle 

Pleased to be using peat free compost. At B&Q locally, the resultant mix is not rotted down enough (rushed through the mass production I suppose) so last year things struggled in pots. Moved on to more expensive stuff this year with John Innes written all over it and it is doing well. But on a pension this will be a stretch longer term!
Have used comfrey leaves for the first time as reco'd by Monty Don. Their roots go down so far they harness less attainable nutrients. Wintered whole until they putrefy under a weight then mixed with water, but boy! Does it smell.



I noticed that with some BQ compost a year ago. Not good for plant health. Home made stuff great apart from the weed seeds at times.
Comfrey does a have a power pong doesnt it? I found an old round fish barrel last winter like an incredibly strong laundry basket. I use it for compost making in particular lawn clippings. But the stuff at the base was potent in aroma too. Too much anaerobic I guess. If I add drainage at the base...
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17 May 2024 08:56:19
The hawthorn is no longer luminescent with heavy blossom but the lawn and borders have a thick mulch of browning petals.  I put bedding plants in last weekend, ahead of the forecast rain to save me watering them, but I created another task.  The rain has stuck the falling blossom to the leaves of my newly planted stock, so I’m having to clear the leaves.  🙄
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21 May 2024 10:00:01
Last year strawberry plants survived the winter in a small Polly greenhouse. 
Flowers on all so pleased with that.




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