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Latest posts by blairs

cordyline austrailis

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 09:42

It naturally splits into multi-heads after about 6-10ft. It then starts to looks more like a palm tree. So just leave it and it will naturally do the needful when older.

Can anyone identify these worms?

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 17:16

I would clean the pot with hot soapy water mixed with a dollop of bleach to keep things clean for your herbs. What are you thinking?

Neighbours not wildlife friendly

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 11:39

Am half way between the two. I leave wildlife alone (Toads, frogs, beetles, birds) but do not go out my way to make a wildlife garden as it is my space after all. If non destructive wildlife thrive, then great. Some birds have nested in a hedge and I leave that wild for them in spring to autumn. Balance is the word.

don't waste my time plant!

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:25

My problem is I hate throwing good plants away. My neighbours have lots of my plants (some additional windbreaks  ). I want to move/bin some larger Lavender as well. It does little and takes up space. I can never smell it in summer unless I stand on it.

Lawn revival got me thinking

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 18:20

Regular cutting should rid the lawn of weeds - apart from low growing ones like clover. My front lawn, which is north facing is Ok looking, if with a yellow tinge. I try to keep off it in winter.

Back lawn, full sun even in winter has moss this year and that is after raking, aeration, backfilling with sand and top dressing. I also keep it longer to make it look greener and to hide that it is not flat at all.

I use weed and feed which helps keep weeds away, though not moss it seems.

Everedge steel lawn edging?

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 22:09
* Red Dahlia * wrote (see)

Do you sink it or leave level, what if you run off edge and mover blades hit it, ouch!

My mower had hit my wooden sunken edging and it took a chink out of it and bent the blade causing it to gauge the lawn.

I liek the idea of the metal edging as pointed out it works with curves. I have seen a very similar edging used in my local park and it seems to work a treat and that is with council workers.

Growing grass and shrubs in the shade

Posted: 12/01/2014 at 20:24

Right plant for right place. Grass needs light so why bother trying to grow something that plainly does not want to grow there? Half m front garden is in full shade and I have given up trying to grow grass there as it is too dark for it to grow right.

Try shade loving plants like Mahonia, Aucuba japonica, Jabobs ladder, majority of Ferns, Brunnera etc.

cleaning a greenhouse

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 23:24

I just use bleach once per year (September or spring) inside. I do wash the glass (perspex for me) whenever it needs it. Sulpher candle works if you have had problems. You need to remove everything from the GH first.

Plant ID please

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 23:21

They grow on trees and shrubs in the wild and grow out from the keeping the leaves vertically to let the rain drain off really does help keeping them alive.

Plant ID please

Posted: 11/01/2014 at 22:56

I have 2 plants of Bilbergia nutans variegata and the flowers are the same for the variegate type as the species. Hardy in the UK if kept on the dry side. Best if planted at an angle (to stop water pooling in the leafs).

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