Six on Saturday: Rain delays

It was a no show here for snow but the rain fell insistently most of the week.  I would love to be planting out the first early potatoes but the soil is cold and wet so this week’s six starts in the greenhouse.

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Just in time, I have potted up the new dahlia tubers. My dahlia wish list consisted of Arabian Night, Magenta Star, Cafe au Lait and Mary’s Jomanda.  But I bought Thomas Edison.  Six of these will go into the borders and a combination of Blanc y Verde and Furka will go into three terracotta pots.  They are resting in the greenhouse for now.

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Settled in the greenhouse I gave the strawberry plants a tidy up and donated them a bag of my recently acquired council compost.  I am on a steep learning curve with the greenhouse.  Red spider mites made themselves known last year and the soil feels very depleted.  I have manured and mulched, added chicken pellets and another bag of council compost has gone on the other side, even so I may grow the tomatoes in grow bags again this year.

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A gardener’s dilemma: mystery seedlings.   Are they from something I grew in the greenhouse last year? Or a throwback to something the previous owner grew?   They look interesting so I have left them for now.

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It really was time to release the autumn sown sweet peas from their pot.  These are from seed collected from last year’s plants.  I am curious to see how well they do.  The plant in front is Weigela ‘Florida Variegata’, just coming into leaf.

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And as I walked down the path I noticed that my ailing euphorbia is showing the very slimmest glimmer of life.  A few new shoots at the end of one stem.  I’m keeping that one too. Perhaps it will catch up with its neighbour!

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Planting out the recently purchased Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’ will also have to wait a while.  I need to have some sturdy trellis installed and then grab a break in the rain.  Thank you to all those who shared pictures of your clematis in flower.  It convinced me that this was a necessary addition to garden. I’m looking forward to next year’s flowers and their scent.

For more inspiration visit The Propagator’s blog.  The links to other #SixOnSaturday posts will take you on a gardening journey around the world!

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22 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Rain delays

    • Yes, pale pink, almond scented flowers is the description. I hope it’s not too strong a pink. Everyone said it was great for early spring. The only things not being delayed are the weeds!

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    • The greenhouse hosts a lovely variety of weeds but these looked so different, however your germination point is well made. What a great website, I could be gone for some time!!

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  1. Those strawberry plants are looking a lot better than some of mine on my allotment (I think I lost a few over winter). Hopefully the red spider mites will stay away this year!

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    • I have a few strawberries outside too which are just putting on new growth. I am pretty sure the mites will be back. Advice last year was to keep gh humid so I am doing that now – will probably get some nasty fungus infection!

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  2. Like the others, I love those sweet peas. Look like a tiny little forest on the move upward. Are you wondering about the colour or the productivity of them as compared to last year?

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    • Colour and productivity. The original was an old fashioned mixed I think. But I only took a couple of pods so I could end up with all one colour. But more interested to see what the productivity is like.

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  3. You have reminded me I ordered a few dahlias but as cuttings so they won’t arrive till may I think. The weather is such a pain. I planted my sweet peas out last weekend. They looked a bit more bedraggled than yours but are recovering some poise now.

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