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Latest posts by diggingdoris

Poorly lawn

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 16:01

We have had so much rain here in Essex, ( ha ha drought!) and I have had a problem finding a dry spell to cut the lawn. I managed to do it yesterday as we had a dry morning for a change, but then I noticed these problems. We are on clay here and it takes forever to soak away after a downpour. The border edges are full to the top with water and there is something growing in it that looks like blanket weed. Green and fluffy/slimy. Also there are patches on the lawn that have a black mould/slime on the soil. I know these are both the result of so much rain but what can I do? The whole lawn area was piped and bore holes dug and filled with stones, before it was laid 40 years ago as we knew how clayey it was, but in all these years I've never seen it so bad. With more heavy rain forecast for the rest of the week here I don;t know what to do for the best.

white lilac?

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 17:21

I have a white lilac 'Madame Lemoine' and the leaves do not look anything like yours. Is the white flower on the picture on the same plant?. Maybe a picture of the blossom would help.

cordiline palm

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 21:31

Thankyou GM for your valuable advice. Will try splitting the green one after this cold spell.

cordiline palm

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 16:40

I have several growing from the base of my one. The trunk looked soggy so I cut it down to half size, then it started shooting these babies. I was terrified of splitting them apart and losing them all, but if it's that easy I'll give it a try.

P.S. Mine are still in a cold greenhouse and not sure when to bring them outside. Especially don't want to lose the pink stripey one-'electric pink' I think it is. Should I wait till all frost gone?

planting out runner beans

Posted: 04/05/2012 at 15:54

I think we were all fooled into thinking spring was here back in March with that warm spell. That's what set me off planting too early. I was hoping for an earlier than usual harvest, but realise now that's not really possible. Just trying to get a new lot of runners to chit on some damp kitchen roll in the airing cupboard!

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 21:33

I thought as much. I remember back about 40 years ago, we put some on the veg patch because it was a new house and the clay soil was unworkable. Each morning we came out to pick some mushrooms to have in a fry up. It helped break down the lumps and I have not used it since. But with all this info on the shop bought stuff I just gave it a thought. I might dig some into the greenhouse soil and maybe get some mushrooms again! Not for a fry-up though as we are at that age where we watch our cholesterol!

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 20:46

There's a place in the village next to me that sells mushroom compost by the bag. I was wondering if I could use that maybe mixed with some of my home grown stuff this year as all of you say that they are all the same, rubbish!

But I was not sure if this mushroom stuff would only be good for digging in the veg plot. Any ideas folks please?


Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:11

Saw my first butterfly of the year in my garden today. It was a cabbage white, but made me feel all summery.

Photinia -

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:08

If you like them keep them. I love mine and at the moment it is the reddest I've ever seen it. A fabulous colour at a time when there's not much in bloom. You can keep it the size you want, and a little pruning keeps it producing red leaves.


Posted: 29/04/2012 at 19:00

P S meant to say I love your name! I remember the other one!

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