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Sunday, 29 July 2012

My Lemon Tree


Don't you love the scent of lemon flowers?  When in full bloom, the scent is intense and sweet. And, I love to watch tiny lemons that form after the pollination. A year ago, I cut branches back to initiate new branches growth and keep it within reasonable size. 


Namely, I grow it in the pot because it has to overwinter inside the house. Carrying the pot inside is not an easy task. In summer I place the lemon on bright sunny spot allowing bees to pollinate the flowers. 
This year it needs re-potting and will do it it in September. It needs slightly acidic soil, moist but well drained. And, I fertilize it every six month with pelleted organic fertilizer.



Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Rain!


The past two days the temperatures dropped and we had some rain. It should be raining on Wednesday and Thursday too and that would be real blessing for all the gardens and crop. All the plants in my garden came alive after the showers. Though they kept rather well in the drought, now they are looking even better now freshly washed and cleaned! 


Turban squash is now full of such small fruits. I grow it for decorative purposes only. The flesh of this squash is not sweet and tasty even when it is ripe. Some make soup of it but I never tried it.

Kohlrabi ready to be picked up. 

I worked in the garden for three hours this morning. What a relief to work on 17°C! I manage to clear up the flower bed in the middle of the garden. The ground was perfectly wet for weeding and there were four wheelbarrows full of cut off foliage, dead flowers and weeds!

Allium seed

And I collected some seeds as well. I left annuals and biennials to self seed and collected some of their seeds to send to my friends - aquilegias, bell flowers, delphiniums, and money plant.





Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Delphinium


You simply have to love Delphiniums. Tall upright plants with beautifully coloured flowers. Botanically, they belong to buttercup family but the flowes look a bit different than the one of eg. Anemone or Buttercup. They usually struggle in hot and dry summer weather but mine were flowering before these hot days and already bear seeds.


They look good mixed up with yellow and orange flowered flowers. They showy spikes add hight in a perennial border. Tall varieties need staking. They love moist but well drained soil in sun or semi-shade. I have some perennal varieties and one annual species that bears blue, white or pink flowers. It is a good self-seeder and I always have plenty of new plants in spring. Their capsules are just about to open.


This year the annual Delfinium had only blue flowers. I am not quite sure if it is actually Delfinium ot Consolida, which is very similar to Delphinium.


Saturday, 14 July 2012

Summer Goes On

Veronicastrum virginicum

Reading the gardening blogs, I realised that some regions have lots of rain or no rain at all which is my case too. Again, one pretty hot and dry summer. At least, nights and mornings are somewhat cooler. I water the garden now and then - must not spend lots of water because the level 1 water restriction is proclaimed. It seems that two unusually dry years left reservoirs and rivers below normal level. 


The last three days were cloudy but no rain was falling down. We use to take it for granted and in fact, the rain is a miracle. It takes many specific physical conditions in the atmosphere to make the drops actually fall down on Earth. 


The garden grows surprisingly well in spite of lack of water. Maybe it is because I did no weeding for a long period of time. I will just leave it as it is until first rain even there is lots of weed visible in the flower beds. It keeps the soil in the shade and prevents overheating. 

Busy bee and Red Hot Poker

Long term weather forecast doesn't look promising. It will be another long week until next Saturday, but take a look on the precipitation levels - if it would be raining at all! As I barely stand the heath I am looking forward to the temperatures under 20 °C!

Detailed long term forecast
DateTimeForecastTemp.PrecipitationWind
Sunday15/07/201223:00–05:00Partly cloudy.  For the period: 23:00–05:0025°0 mmLight breeze, 2 m/s from north-northeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from north-northeast
05:00–11:00Fair.  For the period: 05:00–11:0019°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from north-northeastLight air, 2 m/s from north-northeast
11:00–17:00Fair.  For the period: 11:00–17:0026°0 mmLight air, 1 m/s from northLight air, 1 m/s from north
17:00–23:00Fair.  For the period: 17:00–23:0028°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northwestLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northwest
Monday16/07/201223:00–05:00Partly cloudy.  For the period: 23:00–05:0021°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from north-northeastLight air, 2 m/s from north-northeast
05:00–11:00Cloudy.  For the period: 05:00–11:0019°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from northLight breeze, 3 m/s from north
14:00–20:00Fair.  For the period: 14:00–20:0025°0 mmGentle breeze, 4 m/s from northGentle breeze, 4 m/s from north
20:00–02:00Fair.  For the period: 20:00–02:0022°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northeast
Tuesday17/07/201202:00–08:00Fair.  For the period: 02:00–08:0017°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from northeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from northeast
08:00–14:00Fair.  For the period: 08:00–14:0019°0 mmLight breeze, 2 m/s from northeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from northeast
14:00–20:00Fair.  For the period: 14:00–20:0026°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from northLight breeze, 3 m/s from north
20:00–02:00Fair.  For the period: 20:00–02:0023°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from northeastLight air, 2 m/s from northeast
Wednesday18/07/201202:00–08:00Fair.  For the period: 02:00–08:0018°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from northeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from northeast
08:00–14:00Cloudy.  For the period: 08:00–14:0021°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from northeastLight air, 2 m/s from northeast
14:00–20:00Fair.  For the period: 14:00–20:0026°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northwestLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northwest
20:00–02:00Fair.  For the period: 20:00–02:0024°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from eastLight air, 2 m/s from east
Thursday19/07/201202:00–08:00Fair.  For the period: 02:00–08:0018°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from southeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from southeast
08:00–14:00Fair.  For the period: 08:00–14:0023°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from southeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from southeast
14:00–20:00Fair.  For the period: 14:00–20:0031°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from southLight breeze, 3 m/s from south
20:00–02:00Fair.  For the period: 20:00–02:0028°0 mmLight breeze, 2 m/s from south-southeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from south-southeast
Friday20/07/201202:00–08:00Fair.  For the period: 02:00–08:0024°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from south-southwestLight air, 2 m/s from south-southwest
08:00–14:00Fair.  For the period: 08:00–14:0024°0 mmLight breeze, 2 m/s from north-northeastLight breeze, 2 m/s from north-northeast
14:00–20:00Fair.  For the period: 14:00–20:0033°0 mmLight air, 1 m/s from west-southwestLight air, 1 m/s from west-southwest
20:00–02:00Fair.  For the period: 20:00–02:0028°0 mmLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northeastLight breeze, 3 m/s from north-northeast
Saturday21/07/201202:00–08:00Fair.  For the period: 02:00–08:0021°0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from northeastLight air, 2 m/s from northeast
08:00–14:00Partly cloudy.  For the period: 08:00–14:0022°0 mmLight air, 1 m/s from east-southeastLight air, 1 m/s from east-southeast
14:00–20:00Rain.  For the period: 14:00–20:0030°0.6 mmLight breeze, 2 m/s from west-northwestLight breeze, 2 m/s from west-northwest
20:00–02:00Rain.  For the period: 20:00–02:0023°3.0 mmLight air, 2 m/s from west-northwestLight air, 2 m/s from west-northwest
Sunday22/07/201202:00–08:00Rain.  For the period: 02:00–08:0015°1.7 mmGentle breeze, 4 m/s from northGentle breeze, 4 m/s from north
08:00–14:00Rain.  For the period: 08:00–14:0016°0.8 mmGentle breeze, 4 m/s from north-northeastGentle breeze, 4 m/s from north-northeast
14:00–20:00Rain.  For the period: 14:00–20:0020°1.9 mmModerate breeze, 6 m/s from northModerate breeze, 6 m/s from north
20:00–02:00Cloudy.  For the period: 20:00–02:0018°1.0 mmGentle breeze, 5 m/s from northGentle breeze, 5 m/s from north
Monday23/07/201202:00–08:00Rain.  For the period: 02:00–08:0016°2.6 mmModerate breeze, 6 m/s from northModerate breeze, 6 m/s from north
08:00–14:00Rain.  For the period: 08:00–14:0014°3.9 mmModerate breeze, 6 m/s from northModerate breeze, 6 m/s from north


Weather forecast