Daintiness


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Alternative lawn

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 19:51

A path would probably be a more practical answer and would also add more interest to the area. You could leave spaces for planting pockets; add formality or informality depending on the style; make it twisty, straight etc and it won't need shorn or get worn!

In Need Of Help

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 19:45

They can often be picked at boot sales etc. When you do get another one as an insurance policy, cut off  a stem 3" approx in length just below one of the green bumps (nodes) you spoke of, remove the lower leaves and place in a cup of water (ensuring there are no leaves below the water line). Put in a bright spot and wait until the roots have developed, pot up and you will have another plant. 

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:41

Ah! I see what you mean. It reads a bit differently from yours. I then checked mine, nothing on there!! I really should put something on mine - I'll have a think for some flowery language as I pot on my seedlings this morning. 

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:28

Just scrolled down and saw Louie's  other thread... now, I know where you are coming from Dove. I think this influx is worse that the foreign gobbledy gook we were struck with before. Hopefully, they will all get lost somewhere between japanese knotweed and manure on this site...

Petrol lawn mower

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 10:23

Can't believe this thread has seen the light of day again. Started reading it and then thought - that's exactly what I think....only to find that I had written the comment !

Dove, what do you mean by 'promoting your business'....I am a bit at sea when it come to techno stuff, though I know enough not to click on threads for kitchen units!!

Where to start?

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 23:20

First of all I would have a clear out of all the junk you can find, take it to the tip and then cut the grass (carefully ) on the highest setting. I would then tackle the things closest to the house so you will have somewhere to sit out, entertain and you could decorate with a few pots, so you feel you have got somewhere to rest at the end of the day!

 You then want to buy some long handled loppers and thick gardening gloves and cut back the brambles as far as you can - you can throw them back into the council land and they will still act as a barrier even though they are dead.Then I would employ someone to put up a fence for you to make you feel more secire and keep the brambles at bay. Spray any that sprout on your side or close to the fence with glysophate aka roundup.

If you have unearthed bushes, shrubs and plants by this time then look down your road and see if there is a well maintained garden among your neighbours. If there is, knock. Ask them if they would mind coming and looking in your garden to identify things and help you decide what should stay (the majority of gardeners would be delighted to do this) - if this is not an option then post pictures of anything you find an here and hopefully you will find out if it is a friend or foe in the garden.

Best advice is to do a bit at a time and don't be too ambitious. Get friends/family to pitch in with painting etc with the promise of a meal/bbq as payment. Take pictures of before and after; take pictures of plants you see in other people's gardens which you would like to have in yours, but most of all enjoy making your first garden! Good luck!

Problem with my shrubs

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:25

I would think your problem is most likely caused by not enough or uneven watering or wind/frost damage to young leaves.

Make sure you keep your shrubs well watered especially during dry periods throughout the summer and into the autumn to make sure they get off to a good start.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 18/04/2013 at 22:35

Click on the link below for the RHS website and enter the plant name and you should be able to see a list of suppliers throughout the UK - if we could on this site I would send you some...you just break off a piece and replant it, very easy to propagate. Hope this helps 

http://apps.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder/

Advice on a single container please

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 22:27

How about Nandina domestica 'Fire power'. Evergreen, flowers, berries and change of leaf colour. I've had a larger version in a pot for years and it has not neede much attention but still thrives.

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 21:49

Small campanulas, hardy geraniums or alchemilla mollis would be lovely. You may want to deadhead alchemilla as she can self seed but she is beautiful.

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