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Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:50

Hope you enjoyed your birthday Clari. 

I'm looking forward to 29  - you can tell me what it's like later in the year....

Have a good couple of days doc if you're looking in 

Better go and organise myself a bit. Lots to be getting on with.


What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:33

Scott's right  - clay's very fertile so it has huge benefits. It's just getting it workable and friable that takes a bit of time and effort. As Daisy says - if you have pots of annuals etc put all the spent compost into the beds. My local nursery sells spent compost cheaply at the end of  the summer. It all helps to improve the texture. Do you have a compost bin? If you recycle all your household peelings etc that can be composted and then added to the border. 


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 08:06

Morning Dove, Daisy and Verd 

Have a good time tonight Dove - we'll shout loudly to keep you awake...well, not me - I'll be asleep by about 9 no doubt 

Difficult Verd. I'm sure you'll manage - you have good people skills 

What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:58

I understand the problem well Len - living in Scotland, we have clay in abundance, a lot of rain and long winters so a good view from the window is vital! I'd improve it as much as possible and get some good structural shrubs in which will give you a background for other colourful specimens in front. If you have neutral to acid soil and enough depth to the area, rhodos, azaleas and pieris will give a good background and a bit of colour as well, and common old laurel will do the job too. Depending on the type of boundary you have, you could try making a raised bed so that you can grow a wider variety but that might be too much expense as you'd need a fair bit of soil and compost etc to fill it. 

What to plant

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:32

Hi Len. It's a common problem. There's no easy solution unless you want to grow bog plants or plants which like heavy wet conditions.  Clematis and Jasmine certainly won't like sitting in wet soil for long periods.The usual method of dealing with sticky clay is to add plenty of organic matter - farmyard manure - to open up the soil, compost and  grit, but this might not suit you. If you want to grow for the conditions look for some of the plants which like pond edges - ferns, astilbes, ligularias, caltha palustris, sedges (carex) aruncus, gunnera or darmera if you have room.There will be loads more  


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:14

Browning Juniper

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 07:10

Many junipers change colour in winter and return to their 'proper' colour in spring with new growth. Keep an eye on it to see if it comes back as that may simply be all that's wrong. Assuming there's no issues with weevil damage (junipers are fairly pest free normally) or something dubious in the soil, check to see that the roots are getting out into the surrounding area as  sometimes they can get 'stuck'.   If it's not any of these reasons - pansyface's answer may be the solution 

Talkback: How to sow a lawn from seed

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 06:49

Verdun's given a comprehensive answer above philip. It's a good time to do this as the ground is warming up. Remember to water if you have long dry spells after sowing 


Posted: 24/05/2014 at 06:41

Morning KEF. Dull here but dry for now.

Do these newbies know what they've let themselves in for? We're the only sensible people here...

Name that shrub

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:49

Cotoneaster? No prickles though but it's quite a 'jaggy' sort of shrub.

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