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Any advice needed!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:33

scrub down with a wire brush, kids especially good for this with promise of haribos! Then go over with wire brush removing all of it.. then paint with a decent paint.. by decent read expensive.. you do get what you pay for, so 40 quid a tin is about par for the course..decent stuff equals no worries for 2-3 years, rubbish (20 odd quid) means trouble next year.. just what I found!!!

Oh no, lily beetles are back!

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:28

oh no!!! gah was hoping I not need to worry, but my tree lilies are about 3 inches above the soil. I shall be vigilant!!!

Soil drainage

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:13

personally have 9 inch beds. but on building dug down a further 10 inches.. at the bottom, (i have clay soil) forked the lot over and mixed in loads of organic stuff, then put the soil for the bed on top..

can anyone tell me what layed these

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:10

If they are in a damp area. they are NOT going to be ladybird eggs or anything else for that matter, most likely some form of mollusc, typically slug or snail, if they look black, you've caught them just in time, they are hours away from hatching.. gleefully sweep them away and cackle as another generation fail to wolf your Hostas!!! Sorry was that too dramatic?

New path a lot higher than grass level

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 05:02

Blue Onion has the idea, if you build up the area, protect the fencing! It WILL die a rotten death otherwise!!! If you don't wish to build up near the fence, then a slope is the way, depending on sunlight, you could put a border in, be thankful I can place primulas in about 12 ft of my place which is less than 1% of my area.. and that's only due to a windbreak I put up myself!!! Envision what you would like, read the ground conditions and light, choose your plants accordingly, if they die or are unhappy revise.. It's all a balancing job, it's part of the fun! (Allegedly!)

Pet safe?

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 04:55

a rake (spring-tine) or, if you have a cartridge system on your mower like mine, a lovely cartridge that get's rid of the moss and sticks it into the front collector. Afterwards simply sow seed then a barrow full of 2/3 sharp sand to top-soil mix on top will suffice.. If no motorised action, read spring-tine rake, (and be careful, it's hard hard work, heartattack material) Do a little each day til it's done, then as above!!!

Overwintered Dahlias

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:26

oh btw, as it wasn't clear, I DID shift them into frost free about november, the tubers on the top prob got chilled hence the rot, but hopefully the rest were fine.. It's a lesson I shall learn..:P

Room 101

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:19

yeah I'd say long meadow too, I'd say 98% of the audience don't have 5 or 10acres, so when you are splitting perennials or daffs or whatever, highly unlikely you have a convenient spot on the sprawling estate of a handkerchief.. Mind, we should all be taken to task, especially in cities, where it is all too easy to live amongst people and not even know their name.. If you have extra, take the opportunity to share some enjoyment, matters not colour creed or religion, everyone loves flowers/plants.. Share some of your love.. (And don't grow weed.. that's a big no no!)


Warm sunny days

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:10

I agree, our planet never ceases to amaze from one year to the next.. Currently I have one cheeky magpie who comes and shouts at me til I give him peanuts! No fear at all.. and when my elderly cats come on the garden, he just shouts at them, doesn't fly at all lol!!! I really enjoy this time of year, such hope and such beauty, hope everyone else enjoys it too.

Bargain Plants

Posted: 09/04/2015 at 00:06

Hey paul, a few years back T+M offered a tree peony at a couple of quid after I had bought 50 quid or something.. so I obliged.. on receiving the order I found I actually had two what with the roots all wrapped around.. I planted, 3 years later both thriving, and now near 16 inches across and 5-7 buds, and the flowers are fantastic, they don't blow away like normal peonies, much tougher, next year should be double figures!!! I found excellent stuff in poundland the other day, can't wait for the result tbh.. once I've beefed them up with a good year of food, (considering removing flowering buds this year,) next year will be easily 15-20 quid in b+Q lol..

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