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Border design ideas

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 11:02

I'm looking for a bit of inspiration so thought i'd see what you all thought.

I've just cleared a 15ft x 5ft North facing border. At the back is going to be 4 x JC Van Tol Standard holly bushes. The front of the border is my lawn. My idea is a line of Mahonia Soft Caress, a line of Leucothoe Red Lips with nice lillies and the odd alium growing in between. Keeping it quite formal but easy to maintain.

I'm open to ideas to completely change everything apart from the holly bushes, what would you do/plant?

dahlias dahling

Posted: 03/10/2014 at 09:41

When is the best time to lift and store the tubers? GW's recent e-mail said this month but some of mine still have some great flowers on them.

dahlias dahling

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:50

Looks to me like a Kilburn Glow.

I spotted these at the southport Flower Show this year, definitely one i'll be adding to the garden next year.


dahlias dahling

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 09:05

A few of mine....


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 08/08/2014 at 09:20

Thanks for all the kind comments. Yep I agree about the fence, that's next on the list It is in desperate need of replacing with new fence panels but i'm leaving them now until March when i'll replace the lot.

Here's a few close ups of the Dahlias


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 07/08/2014 at 09:45

I couldn't choose just one flower sorry


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


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