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help please :)

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:48

Hi Becky 

I think your plan of action is on the right track. When you pull up the weeds you'll find out whether there's a membrane of some sort under the gravel.  

I'd also try to 'sweep' as much gravel off as you can and collect it somewhere - then you need to decide what you want to do with the garden - do you want to create some beds and a lawn, or re-instate the gravel but with some beds around the edge - have a think, let us know and we can give you a bit more help.

It would be helpful to know which way your garden faces, and if you have any idea of soil type etc. and a photo or two of the space would help us to understand what you're dealing with.

To post a picture on here you just click on the green tree icon on the toolbar above where you type your post, and follow the instructions. 

Forsythia question.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:39

When we moved here there was a huge forsythia on a single trunk in the corner of the garden - however the garden was very overgrown and the builders who were replacing the fencing didn't recognise it as a shrub and thought it was unwanted so they chopped it down to virtually ground level.  

It's now nearly 3 years since that happened and this spring we have our first forsythia blooms - what has happened is that it has produced lots of long elegant canes from the stump, and looks as if it may be, as I had hoped, the variety Forsythia suspensa rather than the more usual and rather garish upright Lynwood type.   

It's been a long time to wait, but it's been worth it. 

My pond is a year old now but we haven't had many amphibious visitors :(

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:26

And the thing to remember is that frogs and other amphibians don't spend all their lives in ponds - they pop in and out for spawning and to cool down on hot days etc, but often live quite some way away - we used to find them in the long damp grass around the fringes of our lawns before we ever had a pond here. 

Ducks and geese fouling waterside garden, help.

Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:20

It sounds absolutely idyllic 


Posted: 06/04/2014 at 07:14

Good morning all  

Went to bed really early, had 9 hours deep sleep and still up at 6.30 

A bit of rain overnight but it's stopped now, and the temp only went down to 12.3C - I know it's supposed to get cooler over Easter, but the general pattern is that it's getting warmer - I think I should sow my toms this week 


Posted: 05/04/2014 at 21:30

Mrs Garden -so far  in the wilderness behind the pond and under the big ash we have  arum italicum, actea rubra, vinca major, alchemilla mollis, sambuccus 'Sandersons Gold', Geranium phaeum, various lamiums, primroses, viola odorata, carex, pulmonaria, water avens,  various native ferns ............. etc etc etc 

Still some more to plant ............ 

Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 20:44

I agree - there's nothing like a bit of benign neglect for hardy plants at this time of year - let the spring work it's magic.  

what is this grub??

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 20:23

Whatever it is/was (lucky bird) I think you'll find that it was eating wood that was already rotten - that's the usual way of things. 

Ivy out of control!

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 20:21

As long as you keep the glyphosate off the rose it'll be safe.  Get some stiff cardboard or something and make a shield for the rose when you spray the ivy.

what is this grub??

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 18:53

I'm wondering whether it's a Horntail larva 

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