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Hi. Its hard to imagine your plight here, as it has rained quite more than average. Those lucky Scots are more like what we have here. Anyhow I am glad you find some alternate ways to keep things blooming. It helps me to feel grateful for the rain. Thanks for ssharung your garden tips it's always interesting to read how you're keeping up.


  • Bristol too is suffering drought. The wildlife which seems to be holding up best are the slow-worms in my "Green Daleks" - plastic composter, but then I keep adding lush green compost to them. There are innumerable young ones. I am used to tripping over robins keen for worms when I am weeding but this year blackbirds and ied wagtails have joined them and the young blackbirds wait around till I replenish the birdbaths. If you have a water meter like i do it makes financial sense too, Kate, to use every scrap of grey water, either to water discreetly, perhaps pots, or to clean pots after potting on. The weather men keep promising us water that never appears, it seems, but it must come some time.
  • yup it had been quite hot n dry up in scotland southwest for a couple of weeks spesh for my pumpkinpatch seedlings but the clay soil retains water well (as long as the ants havent turned it to sandy concrete) i just got the gardenhose out at dusk once a day
  • It's really dry here in Dublin too, even though we had a couple of tiny showers. We were harvesting rocks from the flower beds today (some of them have a layer of rubble about 6" down), and we dug down about a foot. The soil is bone dry.
  • Have been watering the garden almost every day, but still having some of the new plants I have planted drying up and shrivelling. It is so dry.
  • You are not kidding! The variegated holly bush in my garden has a lot of berries on it just now. It usually fruits near Xmas. Is this unusual ?
  • I bet they heard the cheers when I got up this morning at the top of our long road! We had a shower in Bristol through the night. Not enough to give me some water in my butts but enough to freshen everything up. The potatoes,leeks and broad beans look inches taller. Must have been your rain prayer, Kate. Keep praying.
  • My goodness that was quick!! I forced myself in from the delights of easier weeding to have my breakfast porridge and to collect a cardigan as i fancied it was marginally getter cooler and, as soon as i stepped indoors, the rain came. Substantial too. i can hear it hitting the chimney lining for the gas fire. Three cheers everyone, especially horticulturists growing carrots and parsnips for next winter.
  • It's raining. How did you do that Kate?
  • yippppppppppppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,,,,,,
    the heavens have opened and my its raining.....
    good for my turfs i layed yesterday...the rest of my garden seems to be adifferant shade of green this morning must be cause of mother natures rain on there leaves.....
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