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Mulching mowers

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 09:47

Sounds good Tetley - a big area of grass is always going to be a big job. Presumably you only take a little off which then works down nicely into the grass? 

We had about an acre and a half at the last house, split into three main areas. The previous owners had a ride on but we used a petrol mower and my dad's trusty old rotary for it - it was all sloping apart from a section along the front, so we didn't fancy the ride on! Easier when there's two of you but it still took ages. The emptying of collection boxes was a pain - a mulching mower would have saved a lot of time. I used to cut one of the rougher areas with the rotary and not collect - it made a huge difference to the time spent.

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 07/08/2016 at 09:31

Are the ones I sent you still going hollie - and did you try taking some as well?  

A couple of mine survived the last two winters tucked in behind other plants and are looking well. I don't really have a suitable spot for them but  I might squeeze them in somewhere. They're still in pots. 


Posted: 07/08/2016 at 09:26

Morning all/afties Pat - had a laugh at your picture. Then I wondered if the gate actually opens on the other side...just for a bit of fun....

LP - horrible start to your day. Hope all is well. 

Dry and windy here...hope we might miss the rain but I think it's coming later. I'd like to get the grass cut 

Nice sweet peas Dewdrops. Mine have been flowering for a while, but I think I was lucky with my timing this year.  I find the whites never seem to be as prolific, although it may be down to seed quality too. I grew a couple of good whites last year but they weren't quite as strong growing as I'd have liked. I've grown Juliet this year which has been ok, but not a real white - and a rogue wishy washy pink among them too. Cupani has been a delight, as always. It's my favourite  

Plant ID please

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 20:00

That's Oxalis iron cross Denno  


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 19:17

Glad Panda and 'the Hostas' have had fun days out. Nice pix Panda - when are we seeing yours Hosta? 

Been outside for a fair bit so not a total waste of the day. Rain came on and looked set for the day but it went off again.  I'm a bit tired after my early start, but I've put some salmon in the oven for dinner.  

That sounded a good meal Clari - must be difficult for you when I expect so many places don't cater terribly well. Something most of us probably take for granted. 

Poor Pat with her unwelcome 'guest'. That would drive me nuts 

doc - if you get a chance, download the recent episodes of The Adventure Show with Cameron McNeish (BBC2 Scotland) There's been quite a few of his distance walks on in the last couple of weeks. 

The great man

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:56

Haven't seen it yet but looking forward to it. His book - The Living Garden - was my oldest daughter's favourite bed time book when she was just a toddler  

She saw G'sW one day with me and kept looking at him and back at me, and then said  'man'. She'd recognised him from the front cover. 

As you say Danae - weren't we lucky to have had his  programmes, with his wealth of knowledge,  to help us on our way.  

Alpine hebe - green globe

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:52

In theory,if it's had the same treatment as the others, and they're fine, it should also be fine Gemma.

Unfortunately, these things can happen with gardening!

Is the pot raised off the deck? If it's not, it could simply be waterlogged, which Hebes hate. Other reasons could be wind damage, but that looks unlikely as the whole plant is brown and you'd have damage on the other one. Have you got a visiting tom cat? Animal urine can cause browning and lead to the plant dying. My last thought is vine weevil, although Hebes aren't normally susceptible. The grubs do the damage by eating through the roots. If the plant pulls out the pot easily and the roots are a bit non existent, that might be the reason. If so, you might see some of the grubs in there too. 

Hope that's a few ideas to think about  

Nature's Bounty

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:35

No probs  

Nature's Bounty

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:28

If you can't get it Ladybird, I can probably do a cutting for you 


Posted: 06/08/2016 at 11:27

I don't know.... they come here, they take our slugs' jobs, eat our slugs' plants.... 

I used to lob them over my garage into a neighbour's garden at my house round the corner. He was a lazy ***** and the place was a midden. Should have felt guilty...but I didn't. 

If my aim was poor, they got stuck on the roughcast....

Snails were easier - didn't stick to your hand...

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