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Lawn weed

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:49

That's bad Woody...worthy of his Verdun-ness 

I've probably seen trefoil but certainly not in any of my gardens, although I thought the flowers were more pea like. Perhaps it doesn't like the conditions here 

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 17:45


I get leaf miner on mine, and quite a bit of discolouration as we get a lot of rainfall, but it doesn't stop them flowering and performing well. I often have something else planted in front of them to hide any ugly foliage! I've got a little offcut I stuck in the strawberry container in spring, and it's about to flower.The foliage from the strawbs is hiding any ropey stuff. They're pretty tough on the whole and shrug off all sorts of niggles. Always worth having them for the bees and butterflies. 

I'll call you LJ instead as I often get called FG!  


Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:56

Just wanted to say - if anyone's listening to Jeremy Vine on Radio 2 just now, they're discussing the Poppy installation at the Tower of London. Desperately moving.

If anyone wants to buy one of the poppies you can visit the website. The website is  or just google poppy installation.

I hope no one minds me doing that. I'm lucky - my Grandpa came back, so my purchase is for all those who didn't. Lest we forget.

What is wrong with my sedum

Posted: 29/08/2014 at 13:40

Clay soil is a problem for sedums Jim. I have clay soil and have grown sedums in several gardens but always improve the soil with lots of grit and compost. The combination of heavy clay and too much water doesn't suit them very well. You'd be as well to lift it now, add some extra grit and compost and replant. Go easy on the watering too once you've watered in initially. They're very forgiving plants so it shouldn't be an issue to do that. 

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!  

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