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Offline ARTzeman  
#681 Posted : 10 October 2015 07:58:46(UTC)
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Dug up some garlic yesterday as had run out of shop bought. One basket left of fuchsia with the solar latern. toughs of heathers are very nice at the moment.  

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#682 Posted : 11 October 2015 18:52:44(UTC)
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Planted some garlic in the borders today, not as much as I'd like but there are still lots of plants that I can't move out yet.  Maybe I'll plant more garlic later in the year. 

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#683 Posted : 14 October 2015 13:37:29(UTC)
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Busy in the shed painting up a planter base today.. Tomatoes are still green so will bring them in the weekend and hope the indoor warmth will speed things up or else it is going to be "Fried Green Tomatoes"  .   I have the DVD as well...

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#684 Posted : 17 October 2015 13:31:34(UTC)
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A bit of tree colour down here on birch and ash, but still predominantly green,

In the garden, the nasturtiums are flowering wildly and trying to smother everything, but with a spectacular display of red/orange flower

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#685 Posted : 25 October 2015 20:07:09(UTC)
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Back from the Cairngorms and the beautiful Autumn colours.  At home we have a lot more green leaf still in the trees than further North, although we do have some colour too.  We drove down the A1 and interestingly, I noticed there was quite a difference in the amount of leaf on trees when we reached South Yorkshire.

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#686 Posted : 20 November 2015 18:13:17(UTC)
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Lots of green still on the hazels and willows and to an extent on the oaks. The garden itself is deceptively abundant still- nasturtiums a riot of reds and oranges, cyanothus back in bloom and the strawberries have pushed out pale blossoms and some small green fruits. Each year we map out the late flowering times like a floral calendar and the nasturtiums are the key for our frost days, although two flowering stems survived the first frost last year. I fear we may lose a few this weekend.

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#687 Posted : 25 November 2015 22:11:59(UTC)
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Now this is truly worth noting: there is a clump of daffodils on the front lawn of the fire station here; each year they seem to have flowered earlier and earlier- January became a regular show by the mid-noughties and then around 2006 they were flowering in December. Since then, there has been at least one December bloom on a stem in every year but 2010. The earliest was 14th December which, in the run up to Christmas, didn't seem right. 

Yesterday I saw several stems up and one bud. Today the bud was partially opened. It's November! I wonder what the rest of the UK is doing- in your gardens. Although it doesn't feel right (it's not the same as the first snowdrop buds in the New Year) it must be worthy of note.

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#688 Posted : 26 November 2015 22:18:31(UTC)
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Daffodil shoots up here too - no buds seen yet but can't be far off.

 

Also a bumble bee working the winter flowering honeysuckle, not usually seen until a mild spell in Feb

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#689 Posted : 27 November 2015 17:45:21(UTC)
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That's interesting Dew. We've got honeysuckle flowering up through our walnut tree; I'll check for insect life if the sun comes out this weekend.

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#690 Posted : 28 November 2015 21:49:39(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

That's interesting Dew. We've got honeysuckle flowering up through our walnut tree; I'll check for insect life if the sun comes out this weekend.

I think we're talking about different species. It sounds as if you have a climbing honeysuckle, and that type usually has long trumpet-shaped flowers which attract moths, though some bumbles will bite through the base of the flower to get the nectar. Mine is a shrubby honeysuckle, probably Lonicera fragrantissima (not absolutely sure, it was in the garden when we moved here), with much shorter white flowers which suit the shorter tongues of bumble bees.

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#691 Posted : 28 November 2015 21:55:21(UTC)
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That makes clear sense. The flowers we had two weeks ago, which gave my wife such glee, have disappeared anyway.

 

We have a winter-flowering jasmine; I wouldn't mind a winter-flowering honeysuckle. Although it'd have to go some way to beat the scent on the mahonia in weak February sunshine.

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#692 Posted : 29 November 2015 11:26:07(UTC)
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Two days from December; in my gardens, the following are still flowering healthily:

choisya

wallflowers

bear's breeches (acanthus)- new blooms

ceanothus

lavender (yes, pushing out new blooms)

achillea

borage

masquerade and freedom roses

red- flowering salvia

cedum

primrose

Wouldn't be surprised if an early pulmonaria gets going soon

 

 

 

 

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#693 Posted : 29 November 2015 11:35:19(UTC)
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Periwinkle (Vinca major) flowering in Selsey this morning - Spring has arrived!

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#694 Posted : 29 November 2015 14:20:57(UTC)
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Dianthus.. Chrysanthemum.. Geranium.. Hebe.. Heather.. Patio roses are still flowering on the patio.  

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#695 Posted : 29 November 2015 21:08:57(UTC)
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Now it has been a tradition of mine, after the Christmas fattening, to counterbalance the emotional slump I might feel after hours of sweat over the cooker with a wander in the garden; from Christmas afternoon onwards I check out the lawns, where, over the last 16 years I have planted crocuses every October.

It stirs me to see the first shoots. But this year it's silly- at least 5 are up (of the many hundreds, admittedly) and now I've got no surprise after Christmas. My fault for looking.

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#696 Posted : 01 December 2015 19:42:29(UTC)
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6 daffodils in full bloom, in two separate clumps outside the fire station.

And yes- a solitary bee brushed past the new lavender. The ceanothus doesn't seem to bear much scent. I wonder if it's light dependent.

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#697 Posted : 02 December 2015 21:01:41(UTC)
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Grass on lawns as much as 17cm long. Need to mow before the crocuses all start to shoot. Best mower advice, anyone? (Wet, of course)

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#698 Posted : 02 December 2015 21:33:37(UTC)
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If you cut the lawn then use a grass rake or broom to get rid of excess moisture.

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#699 Posted : 02 December 2015 21:36:40(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: ARTzeman Go to Quoted Post

If you cut the lawn then use a grass rake or broom to get rid of excess moisture.

Yes, but what to cut the lawn with, dear Henry, dear Henry?

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#700 Posted : 03 December 2015 10:50:11(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Bertwhistle Go to Quoted Post

 

Yes, but what to cut the lawn with, dear Henry, dear Henry?

Best time to buy a mower as lots of offers at garden centres this time of year as they try to get rid of stock.

Anything rotary so you can get on and mow at any time, unless you're addicted to stripes. For width of cut, depends on size of lawn, most domestic lawns these days only need a narrow width of cut which is a lighter machine and easy to manipulate round corners. Personally, I hate 2-strokes as they never start up so would go for electric + extension cable unless you have an enormous lawn. Models which pick up grass cuttings as you go are useful, but heavier and more time-consuming.

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