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To sow or not to sow....

PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,206
It's that time of year when seed catalogues come dropping through the letter box and causing a little flutter in the heart. But this year I am in two minds. 2018 and 19 brought severe drought and high temperatures in my area. Almost all my annuals and many of my established perennials, too, drooped and died in the relentless heat. It's not the money or even the time, it's watching all those struggling babies failing day by day! What's the outlook for next summer? Is it worth the risk?

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  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,776
    Its a dilemma,  I mainly grow annuals for my baskets and tubs so easily watered. Most of the garden is perennial and if you don’t pamper them will grow roots downward to find moisture.
    I do grow a few annuals for gap filling, but keep potting them on until they are big plants so can cope better.  One good water when they go in and they usually cope ok, I didn’t lose any in 2019 summer but did the one before. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • It's always worth a risk - that's gardening - it's anyone's guess what the weather will bring this year - no real answer to your query unless someone on the forum has the ability to foretell - and in that case, let's hope they show themselves pretty smartly ;)

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,776
    Yes Philippa, it could p*ddle down the whole summer, it’s been know and not that long ago. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,206
    I'd love a cool damp summer! Thousands of us rush off to hotter climes for our holidays but I'm happier somewhere like the Lake District in  a bad year....
  • Posy said:
    I'd love a cool damp summer! Thousands of us rush off to hotter climes for our holidays but I'm happier somewhere like the Lake District in  a bad year....

    Like the sunshine myself
  • Posy said:
    I'd love a cool damp summer! Thousands of us rush off to hotter climes for our holidays but I'm happier somewhere like the Lake District in  a bad year....
    I'm willing to swap with you Posy but I guess we would need to define "cool" - I like the sun but don't like excessive heat - bright and warm for 10 months of the year and I'll allow 2 months of colder weather provided it remains light for at least 8 hours a day during that period.  Obviously enough rain spread over the 12 months to be useful but not excessive.
    Anyone know of any properties for sale in........erm.....what's the name of the place........ah yes........Paradise ;)

  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,206
    If you do hear of a property in this place, do please let me know, Philippa. Well, one property each, I mean.
  • You'll be the first to know Posy :D:D
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