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May , in mersham, by dug over

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 8:37 PM

May already, are gardens are in full swinging loads of flowers everywhere, the air is full of lovely scents, the swallows are already here too , also the weather wow! hot and dry , we are lucky, but this does mean that there is a lot of watering to be done , as plants are drying out so quickly at the moment, you can start planting your pot and containers , keeping an eye on the weather , for frosts ,if you do not have a way to protect them if a frost is forecast then it may best to wait ,or if you are lucky another to have greenhouse then you could always get an early start by planting them up and keeping them protected in it till the end of May when it should be safe to put them out without worrying, but you’ll have decide for self as one frost could kill or set them back along way ,

Keep on top of the dead heading at this time of year, the more you remove on many plants the more flowers you stand to get,

Rose are starting to flower this mouth

Also try to get your runner beans in this month and Prune spring-flowering shrubs immediately after flowering, such as forsythia, ribes,

Feb

Posted on February 1, 2011 at 12:24 PM

January is behind us, and its already starting to get lighter , plants are starting to spring back to life, and there are even the odd plants in flower like witch hazel and hardy Cyclamen coum which I find very up lifting at this time ,when it is still cold and though getting lighter still long evenings, the sun has been out , the last few days try to get out in to the garden even if it just a few minutes to see the changes for yourself new buds are coming on many plants, herbaceous perennials showing there brave new heads above ground while some of the bulb are already in flower ,I have seen daffodils’ already in flower in the village, there bright golden heads glistering in the winter sun ,there’s still tidying up to be done ,and greenhouses to be washed its best to do this early as when spring comes there near seems enough time for all the jobs also its easier to do when there are more empty ,clean any flower pots from last year if you are planning to reuse them this year , but if do only one thing then try to get out in the garden and enjoy some winter sun.Every Tuesday

October

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 7:36 PM

Mersham has just Had its first frosts of  autumn  I woke up to day to find the dahlias had been blackened and they had gone all mushy, at this time you can do one of two things with dahlias ,you can dig them up wash off and then dry the tubers in a frost free place for a few days before storing in boxes or crates of dry in compost again in a frost free place ,or there is the more recant way , that people are using now and that is to leave them where they are , depending on the severity of the winter dahlias can often survive in a sheltered spot in the garden , the choices is yours weather to risk your bulbs , mine I leave them in ,

 

It is the same with perennials that have now died back , if you can bare to look at the dead plant stems then leave them as this can ad the plants chance of serving a cold winter, the more tender plants in your garden , will benefit from this a it gives them another chance of surviving a cold winter if you leave your more tender plants out,  i take cuttings and or bring in any plants that are frost tender  

 

Regarding those plants that are half hardy frost tender  if have not brought them in to the greenhouse do it as soon as possible before it too late autumn if you want  them next year

 

 

plants looking good now

 

Cyclamen Hederifolium

 

Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii 'Goldsturm'

 

Sedum spectabile 'Septemberglut'

 

Centranthus ruber

 

july

Posted on August 14, 2010 at 3:50 PM

July is a great time, as you get to time to enjoy what you have managed to achieve in the gardening take time to sit back , smell the roses and watch the bees work ,buzzing from one plant to another , helping to cross pollinated all those lovely runner beans and other veg plants you may have growing, just imaging those big dinners to come ,and the satisfaction of  knowing you grew the food you are eating , arh bliss....

 

 

Augast

Posted on August 14, 2010 at 10:45 AM

 

                                                           

 

 

 

 

 

August, all ready gosh ,where dose the time go , we  have had a little rain and its been overcast for quit a wail now as you know , but that dose mean less lugging of heavy water cans around the gardening and at least there’s no hose pipe ban in mersham that the moment, so when we need to use are  hosepipe we can   ,luckily , but try and use cans when possible as it can still save water, water as low down as close to the roots as you can, and try to do it in the evening or the morning, that is better even then a warm over cast day ,give them enough to drink its best to soak them well, rather then giving a little and often, keep on top of the dead heading as many perennials will keep going for quite a long time, especially if dead headed regularly, if you can find time its a good to go to the garden centre or nurseries to see what plants they have as you may find that plant, you need for the space you may have to fill in your borders, its not all ways a good idea to buy plants in flower but if you don’t mind that you may get a slightly shorter flowering time in your gardening, then at this time of year , go for plants in flower so you can be sure to get the exact flower shape and colour you need,

 

 

 Plants looking good now

Abutilon megapotamicum

Achillea 'Coronation Gold'

Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'

Aponogeton distachyos

 

june

Posted on June 4, 2010 at 7:44 PM

                                                       

                                                     

 

June birds are sing lots of plants in full bloom, pots starting to look just how you imaged them, ahh, lovely, but hold on the grass needs mowing and the perennials need staking, its funny the longer you sit to enjoy your garden the more you see needs doing, but stop take some time out with cup of tea or your favourite glass of wine, sit back and take time to see what’s working in the garden, it may be the lovely way two plants are working well together , or just seeing a flower opening on a new plant for the first time, and you can then think whether you may need more of these flowers in your garden, and if they could work in other parts of the garden, we have just had some rain only a little but all is good for the garden, its amazing how plants can look so much better for a little rain, more upright, and don’t they suddenly but on a growth spurt ,it can be around this time you know if you have over fill your pots and borders with every plant vying for room with it bed fellows,

 

Plants looking good this month are

 

 Alchemilla mollis

Ajuga reptans 'Catlin's Giant'

 

 Anthemis tinctoria 'E.C. Buxton'

Cephalaria gigantea

 

Euphorbia amygdaloides var. robbiae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer here

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 2:45 PM

                                                    

 

 

Summer is now here, the lawns are growing like mad, and so is every thing else in the garden, its hard to know what to do first , there is still time to sow some of the Annuals, they can catch up very fast at this time of year ,but if not you may get a prolonged flowering time as the later sown plants take over flowering from any batch you planted earlier in the year, also it is now time to start hardening off those earlier sown seedlings and cuttings ,this mean slowly bringing  the plants out on warm days ,

for short periods, lengthening the time you leave them out each day if the weather is ok and not to cold, I know its only just summer but think about the colour you could inject in to the garden at other times of year ,as the nurseries ad garden centre are chocker full of plants, and there might just be the right plant there ,to add some colour later when you wish you still had a bit more  in your garden , we have been having some warm autumns and with the right plant you could have colour in the garden for a lot longer.

 

Plants looking great now

 

alliums

 

Ajuga reptans

 

Aquilegia vulgaris

 

Brunnera macrophylla

 

Doronicum orientale 'Magnificum'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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