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Posted: 11/10/2014 at 10:00


tea and toast will do the trick!

Hope chicky's outing goes well too. I forgot about that one as well...

Note to self : must try harder 

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:55

I use mine in the same way as many others - on top of existing beds usually. At the moment I'm digging over an area of gravel and compacted clay which will become grass so I've added all the compost from pots which had sweet peas and tomatoes in there. 

Fungus in the grass

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:51

I used to have that in a bit of my front grass in a previous garden. 

I just left it and it went away over time as the seasons changed and the grass gradually improved.

It would take me longer to read all that than it did to cut the grass 


Posted: 11/10/2014 at 09:47

Morning all. Forgot to wish the TWIGS a good day 

Have a good day 

lily are you sure you still live in Britain - or have you moved to the Amazon rain forest?  Not looking too bad here although we've had quite a bit of rain overnight and there was fog last night and a little bit hanging about earlier this morning.

Glad Spike is doing ok Verd. I have no cunning plan yet KEF - I'm all behind 'like the coo's tail' as my Mum used to say. Daughter was late last night so I had to stay awake well past my bedtime and it's having a knock on effect 

Tea and toast needed here while I have a look round. Enjoy your day everyone.

Flowering currant hedge

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:59

Yes Steve 

good joke  though ...

Could it be particularly limey bit of ground? Not sure if that affects the flowering currants - are they lime haters? They grow like weeds up here and it's largely neutral to acid soil.

Just a thought 

Ideas for replacement shrub needed

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:16

It's a good time to plant shrubs - although you can plant any time unless the ground's frozen hard or waterlogged. Some very good suggestions by others there. Ozmanthus is another useful evergreen - there are variegated ones which look a bit like Holly. I have burkwoodii - foliage is a bit dull but it has lovely little scented white flowers in spring.

I love Pittosporums - there are some lovely varieties -  but I've always shied away from them because they're not always hardy and it can be very cold and wet here for such long periods. Definitely worth looking at if you have a decent climate and well drained soil for them. 

Kaffir Lily?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 18:04

Your soil must be the answer right enough Berghill - they're happy in it even though it's well drained.  We had some in a sunny spot in a previous garden but they never got dried out. Plenty of rain and clay at their feet. 

I'll send you some of the sticky clay I've just dug up nut 




Posted: 10/10/2014 at 15:36

Ferdiddling down outside again. Removed all the tom plants and dug the compost in to the area for the grass. Rescued a very wet bee from an empty pot and did some deadheading adn more digging. 

This one's for doc - think it was enjoying the little bit of sun earlier


Kaffir Lily?

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 15:19

Do you think they like your stonier conditions Berghill? They don't seem to take over up here but perhaps the heavier soil keeps them from being too badly behaved! A bit like Montbretia.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 15:12

Lyn - I don't know what to say either but, as Lesley said, take all the help offered. We're all here whenever you need to offload your worries or sadness. Many of us here have been through these situations so I hope it's of some help knowing that other people care. Kindness of strangers. Look after yourself too  xxx

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