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Posted: 09/08/2013 at 15:38

I'm wondering if this would withstand the dry conditions under my ash trees


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 12:51

Perhaps an alternative solution would be to distract the eye by creating interest elsewhere?  A mass of waterlilies blooming in mid to late summer would be so eyecatching  that I don't think I'd notice anything else.

This is a technique used very successfully by all the great garden designers. 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:26

This might be a good place to start 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 11:22

It worked for me when staying on the midge-infested Hebrides - and if it makes you all soft and nice to snuggle up to who's complaining 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 10:25

Give it several really good soakings - even last summer on our free-draining loam our sweetcorn needed quite a bit of watering in order to produce cobs.  I put the sprinkler on for 30 mins at a time several times a week. 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 10:22

OH usually mows our lawn 'cos he likes to be helpful but I maintain the mower.  He does not use the strimmer, I chose it, I use it, I fiddle with it and get the strings to run properly and replace the reels when  needed.  I can use carpentry tools and make my own painting stretchers and frames.  When I had a smallholding I used and maintained our Fergie tractor and the Acrobat hay turner, hay cutter and other equipment.  

I can't think of any reasonably experienced gardener that I know, male or female, who has not become fairly proficient at using and maintaining most of their gardening tools and equipment.  If we don't have the knowledge already and the manuals aren't to hand, we use Google or ask a friend.  

There are idiots, male and female', who operate hover mowers while wearing sandals and who use heavy duty brushcutters without using goggles, but they're not the sort who watch gardening programmes showing you how to do things safely, 'cos they already know   You can find them in A&E on Sunday afternoons


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:05

If I'm wrong I'm happy to apologise ........ 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 09:00

This might help - also the RHS publish a handbook on showing.

Good luck. 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 08:54
Verdun wrote (see)

.... Sounds like dove has got,her garden plan sorted.  Thought I would associate taraxicum with myosotis next spring


Looks pretty good with trifolium repens, angallis arvensis and bellis perennis too.

Well, we're getting used to it 


Posted: 09/08/2013 at 08:45

I think the name of the poster might give us a clue about the question - maybe that combined with posting in the wee small hours indicates that a lager or three might have been taken?  

Do you think I'm being overly cynical? 

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..... if you're in a quandary, big or small, why not share it ......... 
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All right .... own up .... which ones of you do this?

Result of RHS Survey 
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Planning planting combinations

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plant offer in the Guardian 
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Is it ok for veg patch? 
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Pingles - old country name for ???

Does anyone remember .... 
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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

Starting this Saturday 
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Pressure washer for terrace - time to buy

Any tips, recommendations or ones to avoid please 
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Is anyone interested in meeting up for a visit? 
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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

A reason to get out there in the fresh air and count anything that's flowering .... 
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What is this ornamental tree please?

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