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Rodendrum Help!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:51

A pic would be a big help Novice. As Liz an Dave say, your rhodie should have plenty of buds just now. Has it had further wind damage and are any other plants round about it affected?

Laying Grass

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:43

Hi Nathaniel - yes plenty of rain all year round here! When you lift the paving it will depend what state the ground's in underneath. The better prepared it is, the better chance the grass will have. The ground will be compacted so you'll definitely need to loosen it up a bit, and if there's any mortar bed left from the paving or lumps of stone/rock , you need to take them out so that you have a good surface, then you'll  need to add some decent compost or soil to bed the turf or sow the grass seed into. Once you have that done, level it out, firm it down and then lightly rake it ready for sowing/turfing. Turf is quicker but more expensive than sowing seed so it depends or your finances which option you go for. Spring is an ideal time to sow seed.

Hope that's of some help 


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:25

Morning all. Very bad night's sleep so not myself today. Very restless after a neighbour visited with some troubles on her mind. Perspective, as Verd said yesterday.

Quite a nice looking day here but rain coming later apparently. Not sure what I'll be doing yet. Ground is too soggy for me to do any of the stuff I want to get on with, but  I could get some compost and carry on filling the last (biggest) raised bed and getting some of the plants into it. It's about half done. Not really planned their positions though. Could plant the little Clematis 'Constance' I got last week too. 

Bill - hugs to your wife today. You'll not feel much like celebrating but I hope you have a nice time together. 

Where have the birds gone!!!

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 10:16

Made me laugh too nut. Birds don't have the means to clean up their mess, but we do - yet still some of us don't bother...


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:29


KEF- Lasagne for me and oldest daughter made with a portion of her bolognese sauce. Yumm.

 Do you want a loan of the wand for OH?  I can set it to ****kick mode...


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 19:12

But there's no crackers Verdun.....

Not sure I would have admitted that Dove..

You're on telly later Verd...BBC1 at your duffel coat looked out? 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 18:47

Your hubby's very accommodating Dove...were they knitting as well? 

Still hail and sleet here allium -the 'nice' day we were promised was very short lived 

Ah Panda - The Wrong Trousers - or the 'Naughty Penguin' as it's known in my house! Wonderful 

Advice needed for a ground covering plant please.

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 16:25

Heucheras will do well there Heather, and can often be found as small plants at this time of year very cheaply in GCs or nurseries.They grow and spread rapidly once planted out, but are also easy to grow on from cuttings or self sown seedlings. 


Posted: 28/02/2014 at 16:13

Yes home  now KEF. Relatively painless as daughter came across to meet me near Charing Cross. 

Just got the washing in before the hail and sleet  came thrashing down!  

Cup of tea and supermarket-fake Snickers consumed ...

Plant ID please

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 15:37

Oh nut - were we making you doubt yourself?  

I wasn't 100% sure that it was Stachys, although it had a look of it, but  I'm not overly familiar with Lychnis.

If nut says it's Lychnis....well, she's rarely wrong Jess! I'm off to google it now 

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