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Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:54
Linda Nicholls wrote (see)
. Despite what one might think it is quite difficult to get anyone to weed etc for a reasonable price. Most "professional gardeners" just want to cut lawns once a week and keep hedges in check. When I did get someone in he pulled up one or two plants and broke a window while strimming! Yes I love my garden and getting a new plant I haven't got but it is a burden too.

Awww Linda you need me!!!! I don't do lawns (unless pretty small) or hedges. I am a border worker. Advertise or look for a female gardener. We aren't obsessed with lawns and hedges and can bring your garden back to life 

What are these plants please?

Posted: 22/07/2013 at 08:47

Morning silly  Euphorbia possibly millifera.

shady front garden

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:42

Ferns lol. Was wondering about them but if you have rosemary and Buddleia growing quite well then the ground must be pretty dry which ferns would'nt like. What about Hellebores, Astrantias, Epimediums, Geraniums, Aquilegias, Forget-me-nots, Foxgloves? They will all grow in dry shade.  

black fly

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:27

They won't destroy them but can seriously weaken them esp. veges. BUT the predators are coming, late this year but more seem to be showing up now. Look for ladybirds, spiders, hoverflies and a lot of the tit birds eat aphids too. Any ants crawling up and down the stems? They "milk" the aphids in exchange for protection so you need to deal with them too. The hose really is the best option if you don't like using chemicals but do that a few times and stop then go move some spiders and ladybirds onto the plants and hang some bird food near worst affected plants.

What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 23:06

INDIGOFERA!!!!  and its only just gone 11pm lol. Brownie point TCM?

Busy we used to throw them all over the road and then run around treading on them cos they made a really good popping noise...completely unaware of the traffic btw.

Cottage garden lawn ideas?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:52

Mmmm Never been too keen on packets of seed mixes for meadows. Not all grow very well because not mixed for your soil. Having said that love the link you've posted Lindsay. I would go for the Annual wild flower seed mix. Don't think you could go wrong with that. Easy to pull out if you don't like/want will self seed year after year and native plants so good for our wildlife. 


What are these plants please?

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 21:24

Busy seems right with most but reckon 6 is snowberry too. You may decide to pull it out as it sends suckers up all over the place!

4 Skimmia.

Know the last one but can I for the life of me remember the name?!!!  Have a feeling it sounds quite exotic. Will probably remember at 2 in the morning.

Unknown Shrub and pest infestation

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 20:34

Actually looks like plain old laurel mimi. If it is and you want to hack...I mean cut.... off the worst  bits it won't do it any harm.

Unknown Shrub and pest infestation

Posted: 21/07/2013 at 11:46

Morning  Not sure on the real time to look...the pest is scale insect not easy to get rid of I'm afraid.


Posted: 21/07/2013 at 11:41

Morning all  No time to read off to Bramdean garden shortly. Been a lovely weekend. Ignored the jobs to do list in my head and went and had strawberries and cream with champagne at a friends house warming yesterday followed by BBQ and today NGS garden. So nice to relax in the now cooler weather after being cooked all last week. Hope all well and happy. Will probably bore you all to tears later describing garden lol.

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