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Posted: 28/04/2014 at 17:57

Hello folks!  I've been in the garden all day!!!   Well, all day apart from popping back here to see what's going on occasionally.

I've mowed and edged both the lawns, tidied lots of bits up, looked at lots of things and pondered, dug out a bucketful of dandelions from the front lawn with a daisy grubber - about 2 sq yds worth , fed the back lawn with seaweed fertiliser, and some for the fig and various climbers and shrubs etc,, swept the terrace, tidied the hedgehog feeding stations,  sat and drunk coffee and looked at the pond a lot,  sat and drunk coffee and listened to the birds a lot, and pondered a lot more about places to plant things.

It's been lovely in the garden, overcast but mild - just how I like it   

Now OH is cooking Lamb Madras and Bombay Potatoes for the first time ever!!!!!! 

Apple tree against a wall

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 16:58

Hi Snoodle - Reads is a superb fruit nursery local to you and I, and their website is fantastic - they've just revamped it and included some great How To videos including one on espaliering apples and pears - have a look 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:29

I like thunder  but rain during the day can be a nuisance 

Lawn help

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:28

I absolutely agree with Edd   There's no need for a new lawn - ours was much worse than yours when we moved in - I think the last owner only mowed once a year!!!

Apply a Weed & Feed type treatment according to instructions on the pack - mow once a week - initially on a high setting but as the lawn improves you can take it down a notch, but never mow short.  Two cuts a week are better than one which scalps the lawn.  That is when the weed seeds take hold. 

If you do that you'll have a lawn to be proud of by July - any queries come back to us 

What is this plant please?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:12

I spent a lot of my childhood hoeing sugar beet fields by hand and there's a wild persicaria that loves those conditions - it's ingrained in my memory - there was a pull-out of arable weeds from the Farmers Weekly on the wall in the boot room! 

What have I done?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 14:08

Well, as Steephill says - they can climb - but I'd have thought they'd have preferred something nearer ground level and a bit softer than those tough brittle laurel leaves.  Are we sure it's vine weevil damage? 

Any pics?

What to plant?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:39

And will Grisllinia not grow wider than the 6 inches between the fence and the neighbour's boundary???? 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 13:37

Edd - that was the wrong link - this is the thread where we've been discussing this 

And as we discussed, very occasionally white or pink English Native Bluebells occur - I photographed one yesterday and posted it on that thread, and Fidgetbones has done the same.  

However, this is very uncommon - it would be helpful to see photographs of your blue/pinkbells Elizabeth, and it would also be good if you could check out the identifying features as shown here 

What is this plant please?

Posted: 28/04/2014 at 11:11

It looks like a Persicaria bistorta, but there are lots and I don't know which one this is 


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 10:59

Hi Woody   Glad you had a successful day - tired but happy is very good 

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