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A fast growing plant to give me privacy.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 13:07

I'm a bit confused now. Bearing in mind your other thread re putting honeysuckle etc on wires between your shed and the fence, wouldn't it be easier to put posts in over there with a simple screen to plant a climber or two on? If you need (or want)  something else beside the deck, you could plant a couple of shrubs - you already have a large Phormium. Why not clear all that area thoroughly and put a Choisya or something between the Phormium and the house wall. Put a gravel mulch down between the shrubs and the shed to keep it all tidy, until you decide if you want anything else  there.


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:40

No floaty frocks here Dove. Even if it's sunny    Crab salad sounds good  

Lesley - I always have a cunning plan   Doesn't mean I carry them out though 

I heard that about the blue badges too. What the **** is wrong with people?  

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:34

That's why I said 'unless you're getting something very large'. 

Yellow patches on lawn.

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:31

Normally you'd feed the ground before laying turf or sowing seed. You'd then delay any further feed for a good 6 months or so as the seed/turf is establishing and getting roots down etc. I doubt the leaves will have anything to do with the issues Vegemight. It may be that you haven't fed enough prior to laying, but that's something you can rectify when you start grass maintenance in spring.

You could apply a liquid seaweed feed just now, or something similar. Do that before you do any new sowing of seed.  It's common for any grass to look a bit tired at this time of year - long spells of hot weather create browning, whereas up here, we've had so much rain that any nutrition gets washed out so the grass can look a bit yellow. I don't worry too  much about it. I only feed in spring (a weed and feed product) and then mow very regularly - not too short. That keeps it looking decent.  

PS Dove was right when she said scatter a bit of grass seed over the whole area so that you don't get two different shades - which doesn't look good! 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:07

Hosta ...

Lyn - you stole my line about 'through the chest' to a man's heart. You normally add 'with a large blade' to the phrase as well though ! 

Naughty fairy 

Cars are a necessary evil aren't they? 

Seaside grass

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 12:04

The Carex bronze form is nice - I could have sent you any amount of that a few years ago - it seeds like mad! I'd also suggest the oshimensis Evergold carex. Does well in containers as well as in the ground. Phormiums are superb in containers. They'll give a perfect seaside feel. 

Not sure how well it would do in a container, but I have Spartina which is a taller, green/gold variegated grass. I love it but it's not always readily available. It eventually forms a large arching clump.


Compost bin

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:53
Lyn wrote (see)

That's a lot of bananas Steph!!

I reckon I get through about 700 a year myself Lyn. That's a lot of compost!  


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:52

Hosta  -you big girl...

You're a nice chap all round I reckon 

Honeysuckle - Grow It Thick And Bushy on Wires Only??

Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:51

I hate to sound like the resident partypooper but honeysuckle doesn't do well in  a pot. It's a woodland plant and needs lots of moisture at the roots. It will get mildew and be hard to keep healthy as it grows.  Unless you're getting something very large, I'd only put it directly into the ground. 

There's no way I'd consider putting honeysuckle (and ivy! ) on wires alone. Trying to put something in place later will be very tricky.  Get something substantial in place first and attach vine eyes and wires for training the stems onto. Sorry, but  I think you'll regret it if you don't. 


Posted: 22/08/2015 at 11:40

You got off lightly there Dove - only liquid refreshments! 

Are you needing a canoe yet Verd? 

I'd get my coat, but I don't need it...yet 

Grass to cut and odd jobs to do but the garden takes care of itself mostly which was the general idea. I'll need to go and buy more compost for the bulbs I accidentally acquired yesterday of course...

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