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day lilies

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:23

Delivery service/courier thingy Gran 

A girl at work got very excited one day when she got (yet another) delivery and it was from Hermes. She thought it was from the French fashion company, and her husband had bought her something...


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:42

Hi Rosemary. When you say a huge container, just how big is it? Amelanchiers are usually fairly trouble free, but perhaps it's simply unhappy being in a container and is struggling with those conditions. Is it in an exposed, windy site where foliage is getting 'burned' ?

There may be another problem of course, like insect damage. Is there any chance you can post some pix? That will really help with further advice. Click on the tree icon in the toolbar and follow the instructions. 


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:30

I have Euonymous Blondie (cream and green) which has bigger foliage than Emerald Gaiety, and has been at the foot of a north facing fence for a year without a problem. I've moved it to an even shadier spot and it looks really smart. So far so good 

Edging my lawn - what to do with the cuts?!

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:26

Hi Nick- you can pile the pieces up in a corner somewhere if you have one. Put them grass side down and cover with some black plastic and they'll turn into workable soil for future use.Or, if you have a compost bin you can remove the grassy bits - put them in the green waste bin - and put the remaining soil in that, or just dig the soil into a bed or border.

If neither option is suitable then you'll just have to dump it as waste collections don't seem to want 'soil' in the green waste....go figure - as they say!   

lily bulb

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:18

doc's advice is correct kath, but if you feel they're a bit congested for the pots they're in and are outgrowing the space, you can separate the bigger bulbs and put some into another pot of their own. Wait till they've died back to make it easier then follow what doc says. 

garden design software

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:10

I do mine the old fashioned way - paper and pencil! The important thing is to measure your garden properly. Most people assume what size and shape their plot is, and get a fright when they try to fit in the things they want.

Learn how to triangulate (it's not hard) then measure up properly, and - most importantly -  make sure it's to scale before doing anything else!  

Drilling holes in pots

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 12:00

I've just bought a new one to replace my old one Hannah. I always use cordless ones now and it depends how much you'll use it. A corded one will usually be cheaper -probably around thirty pounds (?) - but you'll need an extension cable if you want to use it outdoors. I have a Black and Decker corded one which I've had for well over twenty years but I use it less now for that reason.

My new cordless is a Bosch. It was about £60, two batteries and 18v, but you can get them much cheaper if you only want one battery and less powerful. It's not too heavy either which is important for me. I've had cordless Black and Deckers before that. I'd avoid own brand ones and go for something reasonably well known. For plastic pots you can use screwdrivers or similar to make holes but I use a spade bit on the drill for a neater job and to get the holes a decent size. Most clay and glazed pots already have holes but if you have metal containers you can use a masonry drill bit to make holes. Hope that's of some help. 

Lawn weed

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:59

Does it grow the same way as buttercup Woody? Flumpy described runners like strawberries. I've never had trefoil in any garden so I'm not familiar with it's habit. Interesting to hear that it works like that though. Just when you think you've cracked it eh?..

Do you think 'Verdun' will be happy to come and weed the garden though....


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 09:48

I'd agree with BL - Euonymous would be very happy there.

Some of the Eleagnus are evergreen and would be fine in the less shady areas. There are ones with silvery tones which would brighten up the spot as a change to the more usual golds and yellows. I also have Lonicera in shady areas. There are quite a few golden varieties. I have one called Golden Glow and in shade it's a nice bright emerald green which is very eye catching.  You can clip it into shapes as it's like box, or leave it as a more informal shape. Don't rule out Hydrangeas because although they're deciduous you can pick ones for earlier flowering and then have ones which flower just now. White ones would be the perfect option for shade. 

My first 'yarden'

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 08:55

Well done Karmag. Those sterile little spaces we sometimes have can be transformed with a bit of thought and some tlc. You'll get birds, bees and other insects coming in too which will be wonderful.

I'm glad doing it has helped you too. Gardening's a lifeline for so many people of all ages. I hope the 'bug' stays with you and you continue enjoying it 

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