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Saying goodbye

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:26

Irs showing new leaves already!

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:14

If it's in a pot, it can be planted at any time unless the ground's unsuitable.  Of course, I'm assuming it's the summer flowering, bigger, bearded type and not a flag or Sibirica, in which case it won't mind being waterlogged! Soggy ground won't suit the former. 

If it's a small or young plant, I'd leave it till spring, when it'll be a stronger plant. Just keep it in a sheltered spot to overwinter if that's the case. 


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:09


You'll just have to fill the bath and sit in it  

Hope you can get it fixed's snow joke at this time of year....

Well, if I don't say it, Verd will. 

The forecast on the radio just announced there will be snow on the hills - maybe ten centimetres....shock, horror. Is that to go with the lovely thick coating they already have then?....

New Grass Seed - Yellowing

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 17:02

I sowed a new lawn in the back garden this summer - a beautiful emerald sward which is now yellowing. I used a lot of grit and compost to assist drainage as we get high rainfall. It's just the time of year. My front grass is the same and it's lovely during the summer after a spring feed. I don't use an autumn feed, but I spiked them both during September to help a little during winter.

A good regime from spring onwards will see it recover, Fledgling  


Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:49
Topbird wrote (see)

Spurtle is one of those great words ..... 


and much better than gusset T'bird....  

Saying goodbye

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:47

Cracking big logs Dove - they'd make good stools 

Great opportunity for planting though - what fun 

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:40

I found a couple of pix of my 'sunken' garden. First one shows the level of the area of grass - which wasn't quite the lowest part of the garden. There was a lower gravelled area - about a foot lower

 This one shows the area to the left of the previous pic - you can see  the deck adjoining the house (and a red admiral butterfly!)

The gravelled area was about three feet  below the level of the deck. The steps (on left) led down to that, and that's where I often sat with a cuppa 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 16:06

Clay and lots of rain here Steve - so I generally keep them potted. Having said that, my raised beds house sedums with no problem, because I've 'made' the soil.  Mainly of grit and compost  

split level garden landscaping

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 15:28

I had a lower level area in my garden round the corner - unfortunately, no pix as it was pre digital camera  and we created that by terracing the sloping, grass covered garden. An extension meant the garden was considerably lower than the house, and I often preferred sitting in the lowest part rather then the deck which we created along the rear of the house. It felt very sheltered and secret even though it wasn't!

I think this requires a bit of thought before going ahead with it. It would need to be a paved area like the last pic  - gravel if it's on the shady side as it's non slip. Even a small area of soil  removed will be a big quantity to shift, so you need to factor in how you get it out. Three metres square dug down a metre is 9 cubic metres. That's a decent skip's worth! 

Some pix of your plot, including the rear of the house, would really help vw1978 . 

Thyme and sedum - plant them out now?

Posted: 20/11/2015 at 15:21

If you've got really gritty soil and low rainfall, you could put them in the ground, they should be fine. If you get a lot of rain, and the ground's less than perfect, then I'd keep them potted. 

Nothing like sitting on the fence Steve ....

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