dreaming spires

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Yellowing lawn

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 08:44

You could try feeding it with a winter specific feed (i.e. low nitrogen).

When i feed during the winter I feed at three quarter strength as advised on the pack (i.e. if the pack advises feeding at 35 grammes per square metre i feed at about 20-25 grammes). I find this keeps the lawn ticking over nicely until spring.

I also feed sometimes during the winter with an iron only feed, this will help keep the green colour without promoting surge growth.


Posted: 03/02/2014 at 12:19

Hello everyone

my question is how do you keep primroses in the same condition to which they are bought in the nurseries?

when I buy them the leaves are big, vivid green and the flowers as big as saucers!

but the following year they are a shadow of their former selves, a bit mouldy looking, and the flowers small with little bits nibbled out of them.

i tend to plant them all around the garden, in sun and shady situations, and I stick to two colours (white and pale yellow for the natural look). The soil is relatively free draining.


What is hapenning to my lawn in the winter

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 15:00

How is the overall drainage of the soil? And what type of soil do you have? Do you ever have standing water during the winter?

Skimmia not flowering

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 12:25

No, no buds that I can detect so far. I will have a closer look shortly.

Skimmia not flowering

Posted: 31/01/2014 at 09:07

Hello everyone

I bought a skimmia from a garden centre last winter, due to the lovely red / mauve colour it offers throughout the colder months.

I planted it in a semi shady spot (in a raised bed with good soil and plenty of compost mixed in).

Throughout the summer it got a little bit crowded out by the perennials surrounding it, but I made sure it has access to some sunlight, and I noticed the leaves turning a slight yellowy hue. I wasn't worried as thought it was just the plant settling in.

This autumn / winter I have noticed that the plant has started to grow nicely and the leaf colour has recovered somewhat, however there is not a flower to be seen!

I have seen some websites advise to plant Skimmias in acidic, or at least semi acidic soil, and some sites suggest the Skimmia is tolerant of most soil types. Could this be the problem? As the soil in my raised bed is PH neutral to alkaline.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can coax it to flower next year?

Many thanks

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