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Laurel plants

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:07

March is not a good time to prune if the hedge is a regular nesting site for birds!  The end of January at the very latest. 

Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 06:58

Hi Ahmadmirza - some of those dandelions can be tough, and of course getting the doseage of the weedkiller right is tricky.  I have a similar problem as when we moved here the gardens had been neglected for 20 years and now that I'm retired I have time to tackle it properly - this past year we've just been mowing to prevent the dandelions from seedng and infesting the neighbours' gardens.  

I've got some weed and feed which I shall give a go in the spring.  In the meantime I shall do as you and use a Daisy Grubber - they do work once you get the knack - but it could mean several days on my hands and knees on the lawn - OH might have to haul me back to the vertical after that  

I know it makes a mess of the lawn, but if you do it in the winter, by the time you've fertilised it in the spring it'll soon perk up and the mess will be all gone.  In fact, while the lawn's looking a mess it might be a good idea to give it a good rake and spike it all over with a fork to aerate it - then it'll be fantastic next year. 

Alternatively you can use the 'paintbrsh and glyphosate method', but you've still got to pull them out when they've gone brown. 

Good luck 


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 06:49

Good morning folks   Hope we're all waking refreshed this morning  And for you poor things who've had to endure the rigours of the working week  I hope you're in for a relaxing weekend 

My OH has gone to work as he's doing 6.30 until 5 today - and tomorrow he'll have to get up early as we must head down south in time to pick up my Aged Ps for the Parade - my son will push his Grandpa in the parade as he has always done since he's been unable to march.  After the parade we'll return them to their lovely carers and we'll go and have a roast dinner somewhere - my son says he's organising something. 

I think OH will then come home and sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep 

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:00

I was smitten with Geoffrey Smith - when I'm on Desert Island Discs my luxury will be a recording of him on GQT waxing lyrical about all the plants you can grow in a shady garden 


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 19:57

Oh dear - here you are Stacey - especially for you


I want to grow again

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 19:52

It might look good in front of clematis Daniel Deronda?

I only like auriculas in pots or in gravel patches outside little Victoran outhouses with doors painted a faded greeny-grey.  As I don't have a little Victorian outhouse of that description, I shall have to grow mine in pots - I have a sheltered wall I can put the pots on so they will be raised up to nearly chest height and so we will be able to see them perfectly. 

I want to grow again

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 19:25

I remember Adrian Bloom's Foggy Bottom in its early days, all conifers and heathers - beautiful in the right light at the right time of year, but when I saw it at other times it did nothing for me.  Now Adrian has removed most of the heathers and replaced them with grasses and perennials.  However gardening, as with everything else, goes in cycles - I wonder if it's time for heathers to have their day again?

Things I used to grow that I don't grow now ...................... auriculas - gorgeous floury little jewels - they're on my list for another year. Burnet roses - I once inherited a garden in which grew a little treasure - isn't that absolutely gorgeous? I have to find a spot for one of those here 

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:26

The jumbling might be the same as mine - apparently it's not uncommon - my daughter in law say her laptop does the same thing - you can be typing along quite happily and suddenly your cursor has jumped about 3 lines and is typing in a line you've already written.  Really annoying I agree!

As for the PMs, Daniel has said they'll be sorted - can you see any of them at all?


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:16

The area I'll be going to is Bashkortostan which is just above Kasakhstan so in that sort of area/climate - and daughter in law says that there are wild tulips there, but she can't remember when they flower. 

Climbing Rose

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 18:09

New Dawn is a good pale pink climber with HT type flowers, however for a pergola I prefer the multi-flora types - Appleblossom is lovely and would look gorgeous hanging down through the top of a pergola.  Both are on the Classicroses website.  

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