Fairygirl


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How Far to Cut These Bushes Back?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:12

I'd agree with most of what's been said - the majority of the shrubs you have are ones which are happy in shade (Pieris, Skimmia, Berberis) which is why the grass isn't happy. 


If you want grass rather than the shrubs, you'd have to remove them to give the grass a better chance, but it won't do terribly well if it doesn't have enough light. You'll always be fighting nature I'm afraid. 

Aphids!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 12:06

Hi Sian - in addition to Bob's reply, you can also wipe them off with your hand.


It's quite common for them to multiply very quickly at this time of year as we get some rain and some warmth.  If you can encourage as much wildlife into your garden they will help by eating them. Blue tits, in particular, are very partial. A useful tip is to put a couple of small hanging feeders in and around susceptible plants to get birds there consistently. Ladybirds are wonderful predators too - so anything you can do to attract them will be a benefit in future. 

Last edited: 05 June 2016 12:06:48

1st Year Strawberries - Pick buds/flowers or let them fruit? (Plus - what's up with these leaves?)

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:59

I'd agree with that Max. They don't really cause a huge issue though - they just look unsightly. You can pick the odd leaf off if they're really bad. 


With very small plants - you might want to let them bulk up a bit, so you could remove any flowers from those. I'm like most people though - if they have a flower or two, I let them fruit 

Grass Refusing to Die!!

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:56

Hi Linzi - I can only assume that grass is seeding in on top of the stones - there will be a nice medium for grass to germinate there as the stones gradually break down a little. that's quite common. Like any other area of a garden though, you need to attend to weeds as they appear.


Having said that, standard grass would easily be killed off by a good weedkiller, so it doesn't sound like it's a standard grass. If it's very coarse, it's possibly couch grass which can be difficult to get rid of. I wouldn't use things like vinegar or bleach - they leach into the surrounding areas and can cause other problems.


Can you take a few pix and that might help with an ID of what you have?

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:45

Lesley - the problem is that when  it starts to rain - it may not go off till next spring....


Wonks - could you fashion a 'pergola type thingy' (that's the correct technical term by the way) with climbers so that you're not overlooked? 


KEF - have you really been bumping up the insurance on Mr KEF?  'Help, help - there's been a terrible accident...'  

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:47:48

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:11

Gorgeous chicky -well worth the wait!


Hope Mr C is doing well  


T'bird - sleeping with firefighters....

Last edited: 05 June 2016 11:12:12

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 11:08

Glad you had no problems LP  


I think it's lovely LF. Don't think I'm brave enough to do it! If I hadn't been extending, I might have left the side area of the garden in a similar way though.


Mine is recovering well after the builder's stuff being dumped on it. Just as well we've had all this dry weather. The Gods were smiling on me 


HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 10:53

Morning all - beautiful pix Pat - you have a real talent  


I'm going to type in bold from now on until the 'issue' is resolved, so that pansy and anyone else with difficulty can read my posts, although I expect some of you would rather not see them 


Glad you're not affected by the flooding BL - these  lightning/thunder storms don't seem to be shifting 


That's a great achievement lily. You must be very proud of him 


Don't envy you one bit Clari....you deserve a medal....


Trying to catch up with everything, but I left at 7.30 and wasn't home till 8pm yesterday.  A bit of a schlepp, and not a hill I'd do again, but I'll have to do the neighbouring one from the other end as I was too knackered to carry on to it. I shouldn't say it, but it's too ruddy hot on the hills! It got very humid when some 'low'ring clouds' rolled in. 


I think I'll send this sunny weather back to you all 'darn sarf'. We need our rain back.... 


Washing to go out and lots of jobs to tackle - got my tomatoes in their final home on Friday and they look quite happy. Think I need a decent sized growhouse of some kind. Don't want a proper greenhouse as such - not enough room. Might have to construct something...

Is this a yellow rhodedendron?

Posted: 05/06/2016 at 10:36

Hi ES - Azaleas have fewer stamens than rhodies, which is the way to tell them apart, but it's a minor point. Size isn't a factor either as there are small and large in both types.  Most rhodies are purple/pink through to pale pink, so I think many people think you can't get yellows, creams or whites, but they're not that unusual. 


If you want to move it, you can, but probably best to wait till later in the year, when ground is wetter, and get as much rootball as you can. You can also prune it back to lessen the shock of moving it, and then keep an eye on it. If you're worried about doing that, then perhaps you can rearrange the other planting instead! 

HELLO FORKERS! June Edition

Posted: 04/06/2016 at 20:56

HELLO PANSYFACE! HOW WONDERFUL TO HAVE YOU BACK. I JUST LOOKED IN TO SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING, BUT HADN'T POSTED SINCE YESTERDAY IN SUPPORT.


HOPEFULLY AN EXPLANATION OF THE OVERREACTION WILL BE FORTHCOMING, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, THE ISSUE SORTED. 


MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, I HOPE YOU'RE OK. I DON'T THINK I NEED TO ADD TO WHAT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID, SO I'LL JUST SEND A BIG HUG   (NO KISSES 


HUG FOR YOU TOO DOC.

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