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dpack



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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 20 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

tis odd how warm this is compared to many places

15 miles east can be perhaps 5 c lower in a cold snap

whenever i go over to west yorks i dress for 10 c less and far wetter/windier

the romans were not daft, there are other places as strategically advantaged for a northern capital city but this one has the gentlest weather

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

The wind had come up again yesterday, so it wasn't that warm in the woods. I know what you mean about temperature Dpack; even a couple of miles from us the growing season is a bit longer, and we had a good 2 weeks longer on the coastal plain than we do in the hills.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Had a couple of frosty nights here. Walnuts'll be regretting it, don't think we'll have nuts this year. Figs and mulberries will also be knocked back.

gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Yet another frosty night here...so clear.
Small plants in the polytunnel being nipped despite protection. Most seem to be surviving well enough. The small brassicas are not happy though, looks like I will have to do another sowing of them.

Nick



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Still out in the garden in a T shirt. Chilly, but nowhere near that kind of temperature, even first thing. We're sheltered by a lot of trees, and in the sun, it's positively pleasant.

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

between 4 and 6 this morning it was minus1 C at the youth hostel 400m away but not frosty here, chilly but not chilly enough to snuff my cucumber

the yard tends to be 4c above the youth hostel weather station in overnight dips as the walls etc are a pretty good heat battery.
they are similar in a prolonged cold snap.

tahir



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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
We're sheltered by a lot of trees, and in the sun, it's positively pleasant.


Obviously v sunny here but at the bottom of a hill so cold air gathers, and it's much more exposed here than your place. Also (v sunny+frosted plant)= mush

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We have had frost very night this week. Thank goodness for the fleece.

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 20 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Last night was the last frost in the forecast, so hopefully our spring can start progressing. Still no leaves on the trees, but lawn is greening up.
Brassicas, spinach, cilantro and peas (& garlic) have all been ignoring these frosts. More damage coming from the cat walking on top of row cover that I removed today.
Only some plants were covered though they didn't need it.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Walls do make a good heat sink. At our first house we could dry washing on the line in about 1hour because of reflected heat from the wall of the house.

It has been cold here, but if we had a frost, it wasn't bad. Tahir, frost hollows are difficult if you have delicate plants and trees. In spite of the cold wind, the quince seems to have set a good amount of fruit, so hoping for a good crop this year.

My cousin in Canada is also lamenting spring being late Slim. I think she is envying the 'snow birds' that go to Florida for the winter, although this year I don't think they have been allowed back.

Shan



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Slim wrote:
Last night was the last frost in the forecast, so hopefully our spring can start progressing. Still no leaves on the trees, but lawn is greening up.
Brassicas, spinach, cilantro and peas (& garlic) have all been ignoring these frosts. More damage coming from the cat walking on top of row cover that I removed today.
Only some plants were covered though they didn't need it.


I planted some Sugar-snap peas and didn't bother covering them and they don't seem to have minded the frosts at all.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

peas are quite robust

some stuff like tomatoes might not die of moderate cold but they never thrive after it.

Bebo



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PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Must have got a bit nippy overnight here last night. The squashes that I planted out last weekend are looking very sorry for themselves. The runner beans seem to have held up well, so it couldn't have got that cold.

Slim



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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 20 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Mistress Rose wrote:
Walls do make a good heat sink. At our first house we could dry washing on the line in about 1hour because of reflected heat from the wall of the house.

It has been cold here, but if we had a frost, it wasn't bad. Tahir, frost hollows are difficult if you have delicate plants and trees. In spite of the cold wind, the quince seems to have set a good amount of fruit, so hoping for a good crop this year.

My cousin in Canada is also lamenting spring being late Slim. I think she is envying the 'snow birds' that go to Florida for the winter, although this year I don't think they have been allowed back.


This doesn't seem all that late to me actually! Last year was later.
Where I'm from originally the safe planting out date is the last weekend of May, and used to be recommended to wait until June

I've just transplanted out some Tom Thumb popcorn, but most of my other stuff will wait for warmer nights (and for me to get garden prepared - it was woods this winter!)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 20 7:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

If you have gone from woods to some semblance of garden already you are doing well. We usually reckon the end of April for planting out, but we are quite a long way south. My one remaining squash and courgette plant are indoors again at the moment, and my beans haven't made it outside yet. I think they can go out this weekend and be planted out next week.

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