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a very miserable lady.

Well its July and I am fed up.  Here in Wales the weather had been and is awfel.  Most of my ground is waterlogged, the roses are budding then falling off, the honeysuckle has given up and only the fist in the pond are surviving.A bit of good news - I have lots of nice lettuces.!image



  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    It has been gruesome hasn't it? At times like this I'm very grateful for my very freedraining soil, at least it doesn't get waterlogged. At least the slugs are happy...
  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,817

    Roses rotting; courgettes; yuk!  Grass ousing water.There has to be a plus side: I have found  my new clematis, (4 of them) planted in May are thriving and in bud, and I haven't had to water the many new shrubs.

    Oh and no heavy watering cans to carry. and no worrying whether my water butts will hold up

    Let's hope the sun doesn't come out too fiercely to bake my clay soil!

  • dudsybabe1dudsybabe1 Posts: 10

    .  I am sitting  at my  computer feeling sorry for myself, just waiting for the rain to stop reading  your message.  Yes I suppose you have described a plus side - but I still want the rain to stop.image

  • Green MagpieGreen Magpie Posts: 802

    I've had my wobbly moments in these last few weeks - I went to dig some potatoes the toher day nd was almost in tears when I found how few there were. The French beans and tomatoes and courgettes are not yet a disaster but are way behind. I've put in so much work and by April I was feeling really confident about the garden, it all looked so good. My husband keeps bees and will probably get no honey this year. Like so many others, we're very disappointed at what the weather has (or hasn't) done.

    But: my raspberries, rhubarb and gooseberries are great, my mangetout have been good, and my broad beans not quite the total failure I expected when I saw the extent of the chocolate spot on them. The lavenders and climbing hydrangea look better than they ever have, and so does the lawn (at least until you walk on it).

    I've never known a season like this, so hopefully it will be better again next year. We may still see some reasonable weather before the summer is out. Yesterday, when I'd cleared a space where some of my pathetic potatoes were, I was optimistic enough to put in a few more seeds ( dwarf French beans and wild rocket). Gardening is all aobut the long term, and I'm trying not to get too daunted at all the failures of the last couple of months.

    One more reason to be cheerful - there's no hosepipe ban!

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    Of course next year will be wonderful, it always will be huh?

    No worrying about watering any of my 400+ pots, in fact rather the reverse, although in fact some of them are not so wet, huge leaves diverting the water to the ground (as if it needed it) rather than into the pots.  My rhubarb has given up the ghost, the astratias have spread like a forest fire (which wouldn't burn if you asked it ever so nicely), baskets and pots of classic red geraniums bright and happy, ditto hardy geraniums, hostas adoring it all, also the golden hop but not the tiny miserable peas that have just about succumbed. 

  • Needn't have bothered installing our 4 water butts when the Thames Water  hosepipe bans started this year.  They have been overflowing!  Oh well - ready for next yearimage

  • dudsybabe1dudsybabe1 Posts: 10

    Now then  Hostas - thats a thought - do they like a lot of rain? Any varieties you can recommend?

  • BookertooBookertoo Posts: 1,306

    They all adore as much rain as they can get - there are literally hundreds and hundreds of different types, from a couple of inches high to several feet high, bluish foliage, green, all shades of variagation, purple, lilac or white flowers, recently scented ones coming in too.  I have 65 different types and have barely broken the surface of all those available.  Look for a good seller such as Bowdens or Mickfield hosta, there are lots of good companies out there who specialise in them.  I usualy buy on line, or at garden shows. Often good to get from a nursery that grows only whatever plants it is that you want, as they will be the experts.

  • dudsybabe1dudsybabe1 Posts: 10

    thank you Bookertoo - one question - do I need to take them indoors in the Winter or am I able to grow them  in the ground.?  Here in South Wales we have some good old frosts.image

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    Hostas as hardy as old boots. One of the perennials I noted growing in Swedish gardens...and they survived the Scandinavian winters. Slugs are partial though.
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