Dovefromabove


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Garden grass Dying

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 15:11

I'd be tempted to do as you suggest and have a nice wide  shady bed along that side - there's loads of lovely plants that would be very happy there - dig in some organic matter to encourage worms and improve the soil structure first.  


Nice to see you have some 'help' in the garden 

Last edited: 04 October 2016 15:12:45

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 14:19

Wonder whether Pat's gone to bed ... sweet dreams 


OH has cut the lawn and I'm edging and weeding and planting perennials - including my lovely new Astrantia Star of Love, Salvia Wendy's Wish, Geranium Painter's Palette and Gardener's Garters (thank you B3)


I've also tidied up the yellow phormium in the big container ready to go on the front porch for the winter.  I might not get all the bulbs planted today, but the garden will certainly look a bit more cared for and will be ready for the rest of the bulbs when the next gardening day comes along ... 

Succulents

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 13:06

Remove the manky leaves at the base.  Let the compost dry out - they need little if any water in the winter -  put it in the brightest window that you have in your house - and keep your fingers crossed.


Good luck 

trees in sunken pots

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 12:46

I think you need a shrub rather than a tree in that space, and something that you can 'look through' which will screen the window from passers by but not shade the window and darken your kitchen.  


What about something like a Magnolia stellata - it would be happy in a large container if it had John Innes loam-based ericaceous compost.  Gorgeous white starry blooms to cheer you up in the spring, then it would leaf up and give you the screening effect for the summer.  Although it would lose it's leaves in the autumn, the branches would still give you that softening screening effect in the winter.

Feature tree suggestions

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 11:45

What about the Mount Etna Broom?  Genista aetnensis


A glorious sight when in flower with fabulous perfume, providing light shade all summer and a wonderfully architectural shape.  


Last edited: 04 October 2016 11:48:02

Roses and drains

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 10:27

In my experience I don't think that the roots of roses would cause a problem as long as the drains are relatively modern and in good repair.  

Bees and butterfly

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 10:22

There are new varieties of buddleja that aren't as rampant as the older ones, and they still attract the butterflies and bees.  


We have Buddleja davidii 'Miss Ruby' planted in front of our sitting room window.  We cut it back hard in March, it grows to about 5 ft tall each year and is covered with blooms and butterflies. 


It's still covered with blooms and I'm watching bees on it right now, from the comfort of the sofa 


http://www.thompson-morgan.com/flowers/all-other-seeds-and-plants/shrubs-and-roses/buddleja-davidii-miss-ruby-large-plant/t66087TM 

Last edited: 04 October 2016 10:24:07

Poisonous plant

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 09:52

I certainly think of A. napellus as an autumn flower - it's certainly in bloom at The Old Vicarage in East Ruston in September, although it may well have been blooming for several months by then.  


Sarah Raven's website has it flowering from June to the end of September


 https://www.sarahraven.com/flowers/plants/perennials_spring_summer_planting/aconitum_napellus.htm 

Strictly is back!

Posted: 04/10/2016 at 09:44

Difficult ... maybe she 'should not have been signed up'?  Surely the BBC expect some sort of medical evidence that the contestants are going to be fit enough to take part?  Or maybe her doctor under-estimated the rigours of 'dancing' and assumed that celebrities get off lightly ... ? 


Her operations were two years ago I think    Maybe it was just bad luck/one of those things? 

Last edited: 04 October 2016 09:46:23

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