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Safe planting

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:55

No - nothing to worry about - they'll be perfectly edible. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:51

Sounds to me as if the neighbour probably has considerable mental health issues or a personality disorder.  

the Original gardening

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 21:49

Looks like spam?

Horsetail - can I nip it in the bud?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 20:51

Where on earth did the topsoil come from?  Whoever supplied it should take it back immediately and provide you with decent stuff. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 20:33

Hello folks - we had soft rain for a couple of hours this afternoon - that'll green the lawns up and get them growing again - they'll need mowing any minute now 

I'm not doing any watering this evening - I sat on the sofa and OH cooked supper 


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:11

Well, where are all the gardeners?  Still a'bed or out watering?  I'm off to work - have a good day folks - see you later 

Dead ceanothus

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 07:01

Hi Evilnanny - has it been watered at all since the dry weather started?  Flowering shrubs use quite a lot of water.  Although ceanothus don't like to be waterlogged, if you've not had one of the downpours over the past few days I'd give it a good soaking for half an hour with a hosepipe. 

As for poison ivy - not sure what you mean - do you mean British native ivy (Hedera helix) or one of the ornamental cultivars?  

The plant that Americans call Poison Ivy doesn't usually grow in the UK.  

If you mean Hedera helix 

then if that's covering the ground at the base of the ceanothus it will be depriving it of moisture and keeping the rain off so I'd remove it from around the base of the shrub. 

However, be aware that ceanothus can be a short-lived shrub and will sometimes just turn up its toes 

Do bulbs have a use by date?

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:38

Primula vialli aren't bulbs - they're perennials and need planting now in damp soil, semi-shaded position - they might just survive.  

As for the others, I would plant them all now.  I really don't think you've anything to gain by leaving any until next spring - my bet would be that they would rot if not planted.


Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:21

Good morning all    It's a dry and still morning out there - I've just chased a cat off the terrace .  The wire for protecting my seedlings arrived yesterday - at the weekend I'll make some little wire cloche things.  Wonder where my wire snippers have got to .......  anyone seen them? 

yew tree covered in grey mould

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 06:14

Agree with Nutcutlet - that's lichen - nothing to worry about - in fact it's an indicator of good air quality.

As for the brown leaves - has there been a change in the drainage around the trees - yew hates waterlogged soil and the weather last year was very wet indeed - did a drainage ditch get blocked, or was the soil waterlogged for a period of time?  

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