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Latest posts by blairs

deliberate or not

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 20:01

Difficult to tell from pic but from what I see I think it is just winter bronzing and will clear up in summer.

Garden edging

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 18:15

I use a bamboo fence as I have an exotic look. I do think metal edging, esp the hidden ones, look very professional but they cost a lot. Very good for curving lawns.


Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:45

You could make them - see here as a quide

Rolling Lawn Aerator

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 10:35

Useless unless you have really soft soil under the lawn (then why do you need to aerate!). A neughbour bought one, filled it with water and it did nothing without really pushing it down into the lawn and then it broke...and that was not a cheap one.

Anyone a winner?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 21:10

I one a seed store here many years ago. It is the only thing that I have ever won!

Roses - rooting

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 20:27

Now is the best time to root roses in water. You are right, a little bit of aspirin helps rooting. it should take about 2-3 weeks, so you need to replace the water every other day. You only need to have the bottom 2 inches in water.

Earliest gardening memories?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 11:56

The smell of roses and Marigolds (bought from Woolworths), Busy-Lizzie flowers that we rooted in water, spider plants and digging in the garden. My parents garden was loamy soil that was like perfect compost, so as a youngster I could dig with just a plastic spade. Like all memories it was all sunshine and care free.

The house had a verandah so you could go outside in all weather and watch storms and rain without getting soaked...ah the smell of warm rain on warm stone outside.

When I got my garden it was a shock to have heavy clay and pests - I have no memory of slugs, Vine weevils, Spreading buttercups, Clover, or any plant or animal pests!

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 09:20

Yes edible and yes I would coppice it to above a bud on the main stem. If you still have the stick (it did look silly) then stick that in the ground as it may root.

Mystery purple plant identification

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:42

It is 'black beauty' rather than 'black lace' going by the leaves.

Repairing my neighbours picket fence - what do I do?

Posted: 19/02/2015 at 08:40

I agree, it should be an easy fix. The cost of a 4ft post is about £2 each and postcrete (to cement it in) about £4 for a bag. Hiring someone will cost over £30 plus the above, so I would cost it at £40-50. So it is well worth fixing yourself. You can paint the post the same colour. It really is straight forward and am sure there are lots of website/youtube videos giving good step by steps on how to do it.

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