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Iris Pallida variegata

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:13

You can deadhead to tidy, but there will be no more flowers from them this year.

Clematis back from dead.

Posted: 12/06/2012 at 08:08

I agree they are tricky, I've had oine growing for about 5 years in one place and all the flowers are now at the top of my pergola, virtually out of site.


bald patch on lawn

Posted: 11/06/2012 at 08:27

It wouldn't happen to be near a car park, where the run off takes any oil leaks down to the lowest part?

does the grass every look healthy in that spot once you have reseeded?  When you say you have replaced the soil, did you raise it up, could you raise it up?

How about a photo of the overall area?

bald patch on lawn

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:35

Could this small area be slightly higher than the rest? you may have to lower it a bit.

Do you let the mower run for a couple of mins, before setting out. I suggested this to a customer of mine who had the same problem. It worked. something to do with the motor running a bit rich to begin with and the exhaust fumes were hotter and richer.

Mini greehouse slugs

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:27

Vaseline with garlic granules smeared over the base of the polythene, and round the legs will deter even the snails without a sense of smell.


Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:24

Both the rhizome and bulb Irises can be moved after flowering. The bulb forms are easy to split the clumps up, burying at the same depth as before.

what to plant

Posted: 10/06/2012 at 08:21

I have various clumps of Alliums that have wandered about themselves. They are growing through clumps of Monarda, a Hardy Fuchsia, Geums, Dlephiniums and Echinacea, so when they begin to look tatty I snip them off just above the other plant.

Clematis Montana

Posted: 06/06/2012 at 07:57

The OH decided to cut back the montana on my workshop wall. Took the hedgetrimmer to it and gave it a haircut.................. result, a load of old woody stems and no flowers for 2 yrs. 2 flowers this year and looking better.

Montanas can be hacked but it takes a while for them to recover. Go for pruning one or two sections and train new growth for yourself to benefit.

top 5

Posted: 05/06/2012 at 08:08

1. Berheya purpurea, so prickly but beautiful.

2. Morina longifolia, another prickly but wonderful plant.

3. Clematis, gives height and covers all my structures.

4. Hardy geraniums, brilliant ground cover.

4. Paulownia tomentosa. Love the leaves. it flowered the first time this year.

Talkback: Growing asparagus

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 08:08

I have/had 2 rows of asparagus plants in a bed purpose made. The plants I grew from seeds and have tended them lovingly for their entire little lives (5 yrs old). Last year was a bit disasterous with the weather, so the spears were very thin. This year i'm so piddled off, A mole has dug a tunnel along both rows. No signs of life at all. If I catch the little bu@@er, he'll be pinned against a wall and tortured.

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