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shady colonade

Posted: 25/02/2014 at 10:25

There is a different Ivy that I suggest, Fatshedera. It is a cross of Fatsia japonica and Ivy (Hedera). It comes in both green and variegated and is a shade lover. It will need help climbing though.

Raising soil level

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 22:57

Adding compost is not going to help drainage. Fine gravel and perlite will. Just adding soil may actually make things worse as it may mask what is happening under the new soil level.

To answer your question you can add a few inches of soil to established perennials.


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:48

Companies have to make money, so some profit has to be expected to be fair. If you think of some seed as the start of your own collection (this years seedlings providing next years seeds) then the value for money is fine. You need to make your own judgement.

Prepare to seed a lawn

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:06

With deep enough top soil the size of pebble mentioned should be fine to leave in situ and should help with drainage. I would suggest turf over seed as I find seed takes an age to grow thick and green looking. If you have kids/use the lawn area then 100% use turf, if lightly used then seed will work with time.

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 23:02
Verdun wrote (see)

And the lupin aphid is especially damaging...and large.  A chemical or soap spray before the spikes form is effective though

Ah, forgot that they have a specific aphid and yes they are larger (makes a yuck face). I will try  to remember to spray them before the spike grows as hundreds of aphids are just not pleasant.

Pound Shop Lupins

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 21:46

Agree with the above - plant with the shoots at or near the surface. Lupins grow large and I find slugs not to eat them, if at all. Their biggest enemy are greenfly. You can literally run a glove over the stems and get hundreds of them.

Van Meuwen

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 11:27
anthony mcglen wrote (see)

ordered some hosta plants from bowdens on the 14 of feb  i did ring then to seen if they had any probs.was told they had made the desission as a company to delay all orders up to two months because of the flooding here in the uk

They are based in Devon, so they may have been flooded. We should try and support them in that case...Hostas tend not to come up until April onwards, so no loss to yourself I hope?

Pingles - old country name for ???

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:50
artjak wrote (see)

In Glasgow, they kept talking about the 'area', it was, I think, the steps to a block of flats,.

Not heard of that term - communal areas and stairs are called the 'close' and that is used across Scotland.  Area to me would be synonymous with neighbourhood. Traditionally in Scottish towns back gardens are 'back courts' and specific gardens, enclosed for fruit and veg, are 'yards'.


Posted: 21/02/2014 at 09:30
punkdoc wrote (see)

he trick is to damage the stems and then to spray. Continued digging it up does weaken it as well. So a 2 pronged attack. 

Spot on.

For a veg patch I would not want to use herbicides, so if you have a problem with Horsetail then sort that first or build a raised bed.


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 13:40

Do they think gardeners are the best demographic for new kitchens? How many people buy a kitchen online without ever seeing them from a company advertising on a gardening forum? I do with spammers would go away.

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