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Posted: 27/06/2016 at 22:20

Lily - did you mean Kitty's 'oak furniture'? She was having a bit of fun because there's been lots of spammers recently trying to flog us some.    

There was one earlier this morning - think Clari reported it. 

Grass seed hasn't worked. What have I done wrong?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 21:32

If you have a lot of shade, pick a seed mix suitable for that ripply. My front garden is north north west facing. I've had to re seed some areas where I've had building supplies sitting for a while. The areas I've done, around three weeks ago,  are already through. They're shaded by the new building and the hedge for a large part of the day.  I used a sprinkling of compost with the seed mixed in. A lot of it was hardly covered but it was in good contact with the ground. 

Stony poor soil isn't ideal either, but with a bit of care you can grow grass. You may need to add some soil to those areas to give them a helping hand. Grass needs light, warmth and moisture to thrive, but it also needs air at the roots, so if the soil's compacted, you'll need to aerate it. A fork pushed in over the whole area is often enough. 


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 21:23

Wilt starts at the top so it's more likely to be environmental issues. The early, large flowering types are more susceptible to it, but it's quite rare anyway.

I'd remove any badly affected stems and allow new growth to come through. 

What's wrong with my ivy?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:59

Hey Lou - if your feet have recovered from the marathon, you could always nip along and give Barnstar a hand with it...

I quite like ivy, but it has to be managed in a more confined garden. If you have room to let it have free reign, it's a great habitat for all sorts of creatures, especially birds. 

backen fern

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:56

It's one of nature's survivors tidygardener.

Along with dandelions, cockroaches and Cher....as the old joke goes  


Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:54

What does the rest of the plant look like? It could be down to the site you have it in - soil conditions or unsuitable aspect for instance. Manure applied which isn't properly rotted could be another reason. Weather is often the reason for some discolouration in foliage too.

More info will also help with further advice  

backen fern

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:48

Hi Claire, I'd try Resolva. Easily the best weedkiller.

Alternatively, keeping hacking it back to the ankles as soon as new growth appears to gradually weaken it.

Having said that, bracken is an almighty opponent - it's been around since the dinosaurs. It reigns supreme in the hills here and is usually around four to five feet high at this time of year. Delightful when it's wet!  

Hydrangea Help

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:43

Shade and moisture is what they need. The clue's in their name - hydra means water. It's a very sad looking specimen just now. I'd lift it from there and get it back in a decent pot with soil, not just compost, water it thoroughly and often, and keep it somewhere shady to recover. 

If it does, and it should, let it mature a bit and then find the right place for it to be planted  

Where's GA ?  

Perfume Princess Daphne

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 20:01

Hi Tracey - I'd guess that it's just a bit of transplant shock. It's quite common for plants to shed a few leaves when they're newly planted in a different environment. 

If it doesn't perk up and produce some new growth in the next couple of weeks, there might be something to worry about then. If you've given it the requirements it needs, I think it's just a case of being patient for a little while  

Grass seed hasn't worked. What have I done wrong?

Posted: 27/06/2016 at 19:57


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