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Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:54

I used to grow Achillea 'Cerise Queen' and I deadheaded. We get too much rain in autumn so plants don't often get the frosted thing - they just look lousy.  I'm a bit like Verd - I like plants being tidy so I prefer to remove spent flower heads as often as possible unless it's something I particularly want to seed around. 


Posted: 01/08/2014 at 09:30

Morning all. I'm all behind 'like the coo's tail'

Damp here but it saved me watering everything last night - Mother Nature's has done well!

OL has a date with Chris Evans archie ... 

I like spiders BM - use the glass and piece of card to take them out if you don't want them in the house, although I had a job finding a glass big enough for one last year - had to be careful not to squish his little feet!  

When my oldest daughter was little, she had a spider as a 'friend' . She used to say hello to it each day and have a little chat. I didn't have the heart to take it outside 

Forum names

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 18:18


I've heard that too - it was on one of Mr T's programmes.

I think Liriodendron's a lovely name - trips off the tongue 

- but too long to type every time so it'll definitely get shortened to Liri! 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 17:27

Precipitating down here now 

Chicken stir fry for us tonight. watching the men's gymnastics - ever so good! Won't be a spoiler though  

Done nowt outside after work but don't have to go in tomorrow so hopefully get on with something then, although it's meant to be wet again. May have to do the ironing  or go to the nursery . What should I do....

White flowers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:35

People do tend to forget that the predominant colour in a garden is green - and it goes with everything! It unifies colour schemes - calms down a hot border, or brightens a dull one, and variegated foliage plays a big part in shady areas. Just remember to pick the same colour of variegation bekkie as that works best, though you can get away with a different colour if it's not too prominent. I've just put Euonymous Blondie in my border - the creamy edges pick up on  the whites.  

White flowers

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:20

I have a shady border with lots of whites that have already been mentioned, but contrasting foliage is a big factor in uniting an area of predominantly white flowers. Variegated foliage like Euonymous, strong shapes like Fatsia and Hosta, and bright foliage like shrubby honeysuckle -Lonicera. I have one called Golden Glow which is a bright green in shade. I have oak leaf Hydrangeas which have distinctive foliage (clue's in the title!) and great autumn colour.

Plants like Alchemilla mollis (lady's mantle) are also useful because their acidic green colouring works with whites. Some Euphorbias do the same job. 

New lawn problems

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 16:08

You could always resort to the fake stuff! 

Great that you've kept your sense of humour about it - very frustrating for you though. Bboy has given you a good tip to try so hopefully that may be the solution.  Keep us posted as to how it all goes. .

New lawn problems

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 12:44

Re reading your initial post, it's certainly strange that the problem reappeared within a couple of days of replacing the soil and turf. 

I'm at a loss as to what it could be - my only other suggestion would be someone putting weedkiller on it, but that seems unlikely when it's the same area all the time. You can see how well the rest is thriving with the prep you've done, so it's not likely to be anything you're doing wrong. Sorry - that's not much comfort I'm afraid. 


Posted: 31/07/2014 at 07:37

Morning all. Dry just now Dove - but won't be for long. Garden's enjoying a bit of damp though, even if it holds me up with my sawing 

Just remember the brolly in case the top jams under a big cloud.....

Enjoy Carfest OL- girl at work is going with her hubbie. I'm sure you'll have a great time 

Horrible to see the pier at Eastbourne. My grandparents lived not far away once they moved out of London, and I went there on holiday with Mum and Dad as a child. There's something terribly sad about seeing these iconic structures destroyed. 

Off for a quick look round before I go in a few minutes. Have a good day everyone 

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 22:22

Very satisfying art!  

These everbearing ones have tons of flowers so they seem to be living up  to their name. The runners are growing at a fair rate too. I can highly recommend them 

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