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Too late for lasagne?

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 06:15

I'd go ahead with the lasagne - the flowers might be a little late but you'll still get flowers.

My only proviso is that I've never found planting snowdrop bulbs at this time of year to be successful - the only way that works for me is to plant them in March 'in the green'.  I think that by the autumn the bulbs are too dried out, which is something that snowdrops hate.

Good luck

lawn festu

Posted: 28/11/2015 at 06:12

Michael, I've answered your other post - I've never heard of Festu.

What is the problem with your lawn?  Can you give us more information and some photos so that we can try to help.


Posted: 28/11/2015 at 06:09

Never heard of it Michael - what is it you want it to do?

There is a type of grass called Fescue, the seeds of which are often included in a mixture for lawns - it grows well in shadier areas.  Could this be what you've heard about?

Or there's a product called Lawn Rescue which is used to treat areas of lawn damaged by dog urine.

Some photos of your lawn and more information might help us to help you

Removing Topsoil

Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:51

Good for your OH   They can be worth their weight in gold


As for the neighbours, why not pop a lovely Christmas card through their door - it's very difficult to be nasty to someone who's being nice to you


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:48

Oooh lovely idea Yvie


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:44

Phew!!!  Andy always puts us through it doesn't he


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 18:22
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

That all sounds lovely.

It was a very pretty Suffolk cottage, with pargetting and porch with stained glass arched windows and ornately carved bargeboards etc - near that very good pub.


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 17:52
Fairygirl wrote (see)

You'll need a ring though - to put on the laces. It's that time of year too Dove....

Got one Fairy -  fairtrade platinum and two ethically sourced diamonds - had it a few years now 


Edd - Apparently Black Friday is so called because in the US the Friday after Thanksgiving, being a public holiday and the start of the Christmas shopping season, is the when the big shops' finances begin to show a profit (move into the black).   I heard that on R4 the other day.

Wonky has been shopping with her father - she said she got some bargains - a bag of Bramley apples, a cabbage and some fluffy socks.  I taught her how to shop


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 17:43

At a previous house I used to have antique chimney pots either side of the front door - a inexpensive winter planting which worked well was small-leaved trailing variegated ivies under-planted with several layers of sky-blue grape hyacinths. 

The ivy looked elegant throughout the winter (at Christmas I'd hang little red glass balls etc among the ivy) and then, in early spring the grape hyacinths burst up like an amazing blue powder puff - these lasted for several years with minimum care.  After the flowers were over I'd take the pots and put them in a quiet corner and give them a few feeds of tomato fertiliser then when the leaves died down I'd give the pots a small dose of Fish Blood and Bone and move them to a shady area where the ivies looked good with the ferns etc.  I'd just make sure that the compost didn't dry out. They'd stay there until November when I'd tidy up the ivy with a pair of scissors and put the pots back in the chimneys.

In the summer there I'd chop and change the style of plantings - the usual pink pelargoniums and trailing lobelias some years, and other years an eruption of trailing nasturtiums tumbling down and falling in a flowery foam at the foot of the chimneys (that sounds like an attack of the Nigellissimas ).


Posted: 27/11/2015 at 17:01

Don't ..... you're making me hungry

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