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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Tree recommendations for my site please.

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:18

I think crab apples would be lovely, I often recommend them, blossom in spring and fruit in autumn, but you were asking for something like Monty's pleached limes in the beginning.

Levelling garden and starting from scratch

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 09:13

I think a rotavator would be better than a digger, I use one in my veggie garden, which is well over 200 m2. The only problem is that they tend to chop up perennial weed roots like bindweed so you end up with more weeds if you don't pick them all out.

Woodchips are fine as a mulch to keep weeds down and moisture in but they shouldn't be dug into the soil, especially when fresh. They tie up nitrogen and inhibit natural fungi in the soil which makes it less fertile. That is one reason why they are a weed inhibiting mulch. You can add wood that has been through a shredder to a compost heap to rot down.

We had a firm to level and sow our lawns as the area was over 2000 m2. They rotavated, didn't remove perennial weeds or use weedkiller. With hindsight I think it would have been better if the whole area had been treated with glyphosate and left to die down before the work started. But not everyone wants to use weedkillers.

There is a problem on the site at the moment for photos. Click on the oak tree symbol, upload your photo as instructed, then an error notice in computer speak will appear, just click on OK at the bottom right and it will disappear, then wait. Your photo will eventually appear depending on you internet speed, then click on "save".


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 08:54

Mine never give up. Sometimes I paint the cut bits with weedkiller if I can reach them. I think the birds sit in the shrubs dropping seeds.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 08:52

You are OL to me too, but really you are your Christian name that you used in the beginning to me. Lovely hellebores, wish mine flowered as well and I wish they sold deep pink ones here. They are so expensive here, often 16€ a plant, £12 -£13, and that can just be white ones.


Posted: 16/03/2015 at 08:46

Good morning all.

We enjoyed Poldark last night, but didn't see the tanker. Perhaps we didn't look out to sea. I wish they weren't showing Poldark, Mr Selfridge and Indian Summer all at once, gets complicated, need 2 TVs and +1 on one channel. Some nights there's nothing on that we want to watch.

Bit grey today, but a little warmer.

Confession Times!

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 08:38

I use 2B pencils to write on white labels, the pencil never comes off, but sometimes I forget to label everything.


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 14:45

Well, if Blue Boa is hardier then Yvie and I just need to wait a little longer perhaps. I don't have any fresh new leaves to rub.

Garden Girl, yes loads of tiny weeny petunias are up, all 4 varieties, but the trailing ones were slightly later.


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 13:40

Edd's photo has arrived, Black Adder's leaves are more sharply serrated than that.


Posted: 15/03/2015 at 13:39

My Agastache Blue Boa looks like a handful of dead sticks. Thanks to Verdun,, I bought Blue Boa and Black Adder last autumn. As I have never kept an Agastache in the flower borders through winter, I potted them on and put both in a cold frame. Black Adder never lost all it's leaves, which are rather pale green now, but it is making new darker heart shaped leaves with serrated edges. Blue Boa has died down completely and I'm wondering if, or when, it will show.

Photo test thread only...

Posted: 15/03/2015 at 13:23

Lovely crocuses and lovely garden.

Just click on "OK" at the bottom of the garbled error message and it will go away, Mine aren't taking any longer than usual, but I have very slow internet here anyway.

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