November 2010

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Bonfire night saw the turning point for day time temperatures, dropping dramatically. Rain and gale force winds brought down the bulk of the Japanese maple leaves from next door. Then disaster strikes! Gale force winds blew the grow house over and all the seedlings and cuttings were scattered far and wide. Spent 1 and a half hours re-potting but don’t hold out much hope. Towards the end of the month the day time temperatures barely get above freezing, record low temperatures at night.

1st November:
Cut down aconitum, verbena, actea and sedum. Not sure if this is the right thing to do. Bought lavendar and dianthus from B and Q for 50p each and planted in front rockery

7th November:
Emptied compost from veg bag and distributed around flower beds. Steve skimmed off the grass around raised beds to create bark chip pathways.

14th November:
New plants arrived but I’m not sure what to do with them. I think I should plant them out but it is so wet and muddy I might just put them in pots for now.

Planted more tulips in Chelsea border and front rockery, came free with new plants.

21st November:
Put raspberries in pots and gave 2 away. Advised not to protect over winter so they have been left to the mercy of the elements.

2 tonnes of soil has gone in to the raised beds but they are far from full.

28th November:
Another tonne of soil arrives but remains a frozen lump in the driveway.

October 2010

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They called it an Indian summer but that meant it just stopped raining! Night time temperatures went as low as 3 degrees. Towards the end of the month we had the coldest October night on record.

1st October:
Aconitum, anenome, fuschia, dahlias, pansies, verbena, penstamon, pink phlox and purple geranium all still in flower. Apples still on tree.

No sign of cyclamen germinating, might try them in the grow house. Cuttings doing well, throwing out new leaves.

7th October:
Aconitum looking better everyday as more flowers open. Purple penstamon and verbena still looking good. Standard fuschia and two others flowering profusely. Dahlias hanging on in there although I have lifted some. White mildew covering foliage of black leafed dahlia. Pansies still nodding their little heads.

Steve dug the rockery and I planted it up with some silver leaved plants, heucheras, aliumsĀ and miscanthus. The soil is very poor and full of roots and stones. Have added some manure and bonemeal in an effort to improve it.

Disaster with the Christmas potatoes. 2 sacks doing well, one attacked by blight. Very disappointed.

Steve added another water butt with overflow.

14th October:
Ordered raspberry canes plus 3 astrantia – Moulin Rouge, Major Florence, Venice and rudbeckia – Cherry Brandy.

21st October:
Frost just about finished off remaining flowers. Dahlias lifted and put in garage for storage. All potatoes succumbed to blight.

Ordered 2 raised veg beds 1.20 x 2.40 and 1.20 x 1.80 and some vegegrow soil. Cuttings doing well but no sign of seeds germinating.

28th October:
Rearranged Chelsea border, spacing things out more and bringing shorter plants to the front. Split verbena, penstamon and actea. They will either die or come back looking gorgeous. Took some cuttings of gaura but not sure if they will grow.

Raised beds arrived and erected. Just waiting for soil to come on 4th Nov. Then will have to plan what to grow in them.