Dave Morgan

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End of October too late for grass seed?

Posted: 11/10/2016 at 16:50

Night time temps are cold, but it's still relatively warm during the day. I'd do as Dove has suggested.

Fruit Bushes

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 20:57

They won't compete but they'll run riot. Unlike cultivated strawberries they throw out numerous runners a lot faster than than those grown for table fruit. If you want to be weeding them out, which is more difficult than it it first appears, for years to come then go ahead. They don't respond to weed killer  very well either.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 12:43

Guernsey, when you water from above the seeds can move about unless you top dress with grit. As for cuttings they're easy too. Heel cuttings and into some very sharply drained compost or even plain sharp sand. I do 6 to a 9cm pot and get 100%.

Brown spots on buxus

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 12:36

Have a look at the pictures in this link, see if there's anything similar. https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?pid=96

Foxtail Lilies

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:36

There's usually a central bud on foxtail's with a point to it. That's up. You just spread the roots out carefully and plant just below the surface.

Spindly leeks

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:33

Sowing direct into soil and leaving them till they're a good pencil thickness, and I mean good, works for me. I leave them till they're like a good spring onion then they go in. They do like well cultivated soil, usually they follow potatoes so a good spade depth of deep digging is always good. I usually manure the bed in autumn prior to the new pots going in and I add some chicken manure after the pots. They do seem to like a good watering in the first few weeks as well.

Lavender from seed

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:25

Guernsey they're usually very easy from seed, sown in gritty compost and watered from underneath. I don't prick out till they're about an inch high then pot into gritty compost and they go in a cold frame from a late sowing. Nothing special.

Can someone tell me what this is please?

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 16:18

Parthenocissus, although which one is another matter. Several varieties some called Boston ivy or Virginia creeper, the most common is the latter.


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 19:38

History makes some way in marking the events we as a species create. There's no doubt that history is written by the victor. Most of what is taught in schools is biased in one way or another, sometimes by the collators of events, sometimes by the national curriculum and those who set it. However the information age has enabled us to freely seek differing interpretations of especially relatively recent events. This can only be a good thing for the independently minded, leaving it up to those who seek answers to find them. There is no doubt that history has lessons for all, and especially for governments who deign to take note, or those who choose to ignore it. Personal history is however exactly that, a very personal thing. My Grandfather would readily tell me all the things he got up to as a boy, teenager and adult. It was awe inspiring as a small boy. He made it fun as well, something I've been so grateful for as it was and remains my second favourite subject. But I have something bigger to thank him for in that as a boy he got me to sow a tomato seed in his greenhouse. Just a few days later I watched as it germinated and over the next few weeks I watched it grow. It was late July, too late to fully fruit, but as his GH was already full of of tomatoes at various stages he allowed me to eat a ripe fruit, straight from the vine. I still have that memory and the flavour in my history. I've tried to pass that on to my children with varying degrees of success, but they know the story so it will become their history. So history IS important. It defines who we are, and what we are as a species. Hopefully with increased environmental responsibility we can pass on a healthier environment to our children and their children. Although as a species I think we make the same mistakes time and time again, hopefully one day, and one day soon we take those mistakes, and finally learn from them. Thankfully I learned to be a gardener via my Grandfather, something I am forever in his debt for. Maybe one day, if I am lucky enough, I can maybe pass that love of gardening onto my grandchildren. If I can, then I will have made, and been part of history.

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grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:27

Rosemummy the tender fuchsia are starting to go over now, the hardy are still going strong. Glad your drainage is better although as Verdun says it's a bit late now. I can't understand why your patch magic didn't work, it's usually pretty foolproof, but we had a strange growing year so it !ay just be down to timing. I know you're on heavy clay, I remember from previous posts, so prior to trying to reseed next year I'd try some slightly deeper aereating. Sticking in the fork and lifting patches which lets air in and breaks up the hard pan that clay can suffer from. It looks a bit weird, like mini mole hills, but it helps dry the clay which breaks it up and creates a better seed bed. I'm not sure where you are but Mid April and early September are the best times for grass seed and I'd leave anything till then.

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