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Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:03

The latest addition to my garden.......


Euro Dahlia

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 09:56

I thought i'd give a little shout out to a company i've used recently who have given me excellent service and advice. Eurodahlia -

I bought 12 dahlias but will definitely be back for more. Great service and great prices, can't ask for more.

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 08:54

Sorry C.J. that was a mistake from me, I did mean to say every other day, not twice a day I still think every other day at this time of year is far far too much water.

Our local golf course only waters the grass in the height of summer, and even then it might be once or twice a week when we have the odd heatwave, other than that it's left to nature to keep it watered.

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 09:01

C.J. Personally I think you've over done it in too short time scale.

This is all just my personal opinion so please feel free to disagree

I think you started a bit late with the treatment(s) and then have rushed everything since. I applied the Westland Lawn Feed with Weed and Moss Killer back in march (I feel this has a little lawn feed and more weed and moss killer), then scarified in April. I then applied a very light top dressing late April and have only last week applied the Evergreen 4 in 1 (I always feel this is more lawn feed than weed killer, opposite to the above product). Apart from that, I have cut the lawn (twice a weekat the moment) and that's it.

At this time of year I really don't think the lawn needs watering at all, the odd shower and dew through the night keeps the ground damp enough. I think you have over watered with the sprinkler twice a day. The grass drying out does it no harm at all and may even kill the odd weed, especially in the height of summer. Also, with letting it dry out a bit your encouraging the roots to dig deeper and making the grass stronger.

I would advise with your lawn to calm down with the chemicals and the watering, give it the odd rake by hand and keep cutting once or twice a week. Rather than using patch magic, grab yourself some good quality seed, mix it with a bit of soil and spread where your patches are, they'll recover in no time at all. Also over seed the rest of your lawn, it's amazing what a bit of overseeding can achieve.

If your have to cave in to your watering needs, use a watering can and just keep your patches where you've spread the seed damp, maybe a little water once or twice a week maximum.

Keep us updated, would love to see the lawn in June/July looking lovely and lush


Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:55
Foodie40 wrote (see)

Hi Chris I've always grown mine from seed, they develop well and grow tubers that I lift and store at the end of the season and have found that they grow on well the following year. Not much help to answering your question but could be cheaper in the long run and it's more fun to grow your own

I never even considered growing from seed, mainly as I don't have a GH to start them off in. I'll take a look though thanks

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:52
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Lovely garden Gilly. Sometimes you have to wait a bit for each stage when downloading photos.

Is that your front garden Chris? Looks big, do you walk across the lawn when you come in? Looks as if it's in the countryside.

No this is the back garden I probably confused people with describing where it was. This is the front half, and then the back half under the willow tree is my woodland area

Best place to buy Dahlias online?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:39

Just as the title suggests really, where do you recommend to go and look and buy  some Dahlias online?

Thanks in advance.

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:25

I think i've posted enough pictures of the new log path at the back of my garden under the weeping willow and so thought i'd post a few of the front half.....


......the good guys

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:30

Bit of advice please regarding a plant from JParkers......

I ordered an Azalea from JParkers back in January and it turned up perfect, it's been planted and well cared for and 3 months later looks the exact same as it did when it turned up, no growth at all. Quick e-mail to JParkers to say that I was happy with the original service but as pictured below it is showing no signs of growth at all and I was under the impression Azaleas are suppose to flower in Spring? What could they suggest or recommend. Anyway, got the below response back..


Thank you for your email the Azalia looks ok it will flower later this year as it needs to establishes it self first, Regards xxxxx


This just doesn't sound right to me? And the Azalea is still showing no signs of growth or shoots at all. Can anyone recommend what they would do please? maybe i'm wrong regarding when the Azalea should flower or show growth/shoots? This cost £17.99 so wasn't any cheap rubbish, or at least it shouldn't be!


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 09:12

A couple more pictures of the back of my garden and the log path. Plants are just starting to take shape now, ferns are slowly filling in the spaces.


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Euro Dahlia

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Best place to buy Dahlias online?

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Any Hayter experts out there?

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A new log path project

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