Adrian Nikon

Oct 192017

about this month

A chilly N NE wind which has continued from the end of April and through the beginning of the month finally gave in to change in the weather on the 10th to warmer temperatures. A change in the wind direction overnight from N-NE to S-SE changed daytime temperatures from cold wind 10 to a warm 16℃ with 21℃ predicted on the 11th.

Finally the 12th has bought some well needed rain, that type that gets you really wet. It’s now the 21st and it has rained on and off every day since with a mixed bag heavy showers, temperatures have been in the mid teens though most days

From the 22nd-26th ssw winds temperatures have been between in the mid 20s with high of 27℃

My Garden habitat

The garden has really grown on this month, from being so dry to the first spots of rain. Mid month and the Ragged robin is in flower and Horseshoe vetch is just showing it’s first few blooms

As an observation 26th, temp 25℃ there seems to be a lot of flowers in bloom and very few pollinators

Crown vetch has had some seriously vigorous growth since the rain and may need bringing into check although its not even in flower yet.

Both the Dames violet and Garlic Mustard have Orange-tip Caterpillars on them this year

The Greenhouse

The greenhouse has had some high temperatures into 90s since the weather warmed on the 10th, so have had rigged up the 12v fan to my solar battery setup. The extra circulation of air can make a difference of around 10℃ it also seems to have made a difference to an annoying green fly problem only on my potted Horse-shoe Vetch and Sainfoin. The door is opened and closed every day the windows very rarely get closed unless the winter weather is really bad.

What’s Growing On

  • Flowering this month: Meadow Saxafage, Dandilion, Ragged Robin, Speedwell, Red Campion, Centaurea montana, Horse-shoe vetch, Kidney Vetch, Common Vetch, Meadow Clary (Salvia pratensis), Wild Wall flowers, Red valarian, Ox-eye Daisy, Common Knapweed, Salad Burnett, Meadow Buttercup, Red Thyme, Common Rockrose, Red Valarian
  • Planted out this month: Red Campion, Wild Thyme
  • Plants in the Greenhouse:
  • Same list as last month, Devils-bit Scabious is doing particularly well have around 40 plants in 9cm pots, sown in a tray the seed was collected from the garden in 2016.

  • Butterflies in the Garden: Orange-tip (M+F), green-veined white M+F, 26th 1st Brown Argus emerged

May Garden Gallery

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Apr 302017

about this month

It’s April and finally the evenings start drawing out and the garden is beginning to come to life. It has been quite a mild month over all and with very little rain to speak of here in South Lincs the ground has been particularly dry and tough going to get any plants from the greenhouse, out into the garden soil.

The last week from around the 23rd-27th the wind has been cold with a couple of night frosts

My Garden habitat

I finally got into planting out the last 4 of the 40 9cm Kidney Vetch which were grown last spring from seed collected in 2015, as well as a 9cm yellow loosestrife and Thrift grown from cuttings. The other additions I bought in are in the ground and have needed regular watering.

The willow looked great in the garden, planted 25 years ago it had over the years created so much summer shade with out me realising just how much, until it was cut back hard last year. The whole garden has noticeably benefited from the extra light, so have had another meter taken off to allow for this years growth.

The Greenhouse

Have put cool glass shading on the greenhouse to block out some of the full sun and keep the temperature down with both windows and the door open the temperature has crept up to 85-90℃ a side effect from cutting the willow.

All the Red Campion and Devils-bit Scabious grown since last autumn in trays are now in 9cm pots, Horseshoe-vetch, Bladder Campion, Ragged Robin, and Cowslips are still in trays and will need potting up soon. I should do a full pot count for May diary

The greenhouse also has a 20w solar panel which charges a battery, I will write more about this later

Need to post now, thanks

What’s Growing On

  • Flowering this month: Primrose, Cowslips, Oxlip, Meadow Saxafage, Dandilion, garlic mustard
  • Planted out this month: Thrift, Saw Wort, Greater Knapweed, White, Campion, Vipers Bugloss, Great Mullen, Dark Mullen, Green Alkanet, Yellow Loosestrife
  • Plants in the Greenhouse: as March with Agrimony, Spotted Hawkweed
  • Butterflies in the Garden: Orange-tip (M), Peacock

April Garden Gallery

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Mar 202017


March seemed like a good time to begin a monthly diary about my garden. As well as something for myself to look back on next year it may just give some ideas to anyone who has got or wanted to start a wildflower garden of there own.

As well as spring flowers coming into bloom like Primrose and Cowslips, March is also a good time to spot and record butterflies which visit to find a bit of nectar and a sheltered spot in the garden to warm in spring sunshine

My Garden habitat

Facing East to West and around the size of a large allotment my garden is mainly planted with wildflowers with a small number of cottage garden favourites.

There are now around 60+ species some of which include Horse-shoe Vetch, Pasque Flowers, Greater Knapweed, Sainfoin, Common-spotted Orchid, Cowslips, Common Rock-rose and Birds-foot Trefoil which have been well established for over 5+ years.

What’s Growing On

  • Flowering this month: common-dog violet, primrose, cowslips, oxlip
  • Planted out this month: Cowslips and Oxlip
  • Plants in the Greenhouse: Cowslips, Red Campion, Bladder Campion, Sea Campion, Horse-shoe Vetch, Ragged Robin, Devils bit Scabious, Sainfoin, Wild Thyme, Wild Marjoram
  • Butterflies in the Garden: Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell, Comma, Peacock

March Garden Gallery

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Feb 012016

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Fill your Wildlife or Cottage Garden beds and borders with this selection of 72 hardy herbaceous perennials from Thompson & Morgan.

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Perennial Collection comprises of 6 of each of these 12 varieties:
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Wildflower Collection

Starting a Wildflower Garden or Meadow to attract beneficial insects like butterflies and bees it couldn’t be easier, with this diverse collection of wildflower plug plants.

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Wildflower Collection - Hardy Perennials

Wildflower Collection – Hardy Perennials – Thompson & Morgan

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Dec 282012
Fill your Garden beds and borders with this bargain collection of 72 herbaceous hardy perennials from Thompson & Morgan.

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Height: Up to 150cm (60″). Spread: 75cm (30″). Flowering Period: May, June, July, August, September Position: full sun, sun or semi shade
Perennial Collection A + B comprises of 6 of each variety:
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Buddleja 'Buzz'™ Magenta

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