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Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:27

Can't remember where I posted it - here it is though



Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:23

Woody I just bought a Libertia for beside my new little pond - 'Goldfinger'. It's a lovely bronzy gold colour. Looks a bit like an Acorus /skinny Phormium- same kind of habit. Has little white flowers in spring, but the colour is lovely. About 2 feet high or so.  That might be worth taking a look at for your grass border. I put a pic on here somewhere ...will try and find it  

Lawn damage

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:14

I've seen how dreadful a lawn can look with leatherjacket damage, although I've personally not had much trouble with them.  I've also seen them bounce back well with a good raking, some weed and feed and a bit of rain, but at this time of year that may not be feasible.I think it comes down to how good you want the grass to look. If you want Wimbledon standard,  you might be more bothered by the damage.

'orses for courses and all that 

Can I have the eclair philippa? 

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:48

If you're worried about disturbing or breaking the leaves  when you plant your pansies, tip the whole lot out and replant everything in one go  

Leaves on honeysuckle dying falling off

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:41

If you can't move it then you'll have to just do your best with it Mick. Plenty of water, plenty of organic matter, and a mulch  to preserve moisture in dry spells and it might be ok.  You may have to accept the conditions aren't ideal for it so the problem may well occur again.

Perhaps it would be best to find a better spot for it and grow something more suited to that one. 

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:36

Hi Steve, that's an interesting change of career! 

If you have lots of grass to care for I don't think you'll have time to fuss over it the way you would if it was in your own garden. Regular mowing and a fairly simple maintenance programme will probably be fine in that situation.

You'll get lots of advice here so get your pix on and we'll all help with your queries if we can. 

Ivy leaves turning red

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:33

Unless it's a very, very  big pot Jennifer, all those plants will struggle. They won't get enough nutrients and water to sustain them long term. I assume it's one of the small ivies rather than the large type for walls and fences, but even so, the conifer alone will take up a lot of the goodness that's there.  You could repot them all now but consider having less in your container as well. 

I'd agree with Liri re Hazels' ivy - they're extremely tough but even ivy needs adequate nutrition and water when it's in a confined space.

New border help!

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:15

Hi bighevs. Always a bit daunting if you have a blank canvas and aren't sure what to do!

If you want to keep the basic layout of the grass and borders, the best way forward is to use some climbers for the fence to cover them. Clematis or roses would be lovely (loads to choose from)  but you need to prepare the ground well first and you'll need trellis, wires or similar for them to cling or be tied onto.  If it's east facing then I'm assuming the tamarisk is on the sunniest side and the other side will get a fair bit of shade through the afternoon. You could use some shrubs to give structure and repeat those through the garden to give continuity. There are plenty which will do well in any area, and will be fairly low maintenance. You can then add a few different things in each border to suit the conditions and give some variety. If you like wildlife we can suggest things which will attract birds, bees etc.

Initially, I'd get lots of fresh compost and organic matter into the beds to give them a boost before putting any plants in, and when you start planting, begin with the area nearest the house as that's the bit you'll see most through winter and into spring and it keeps up the motivation. Decide on colours that you like and then we can all make particular suggestions for you.

Hope that gives you a couple of ideas to think about 


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 08:01

Morning all. Dry but cloudy here.

Re the tin baths. What do you do with the  plants when you need to use it for your annual scrub?....

Glad you're feeling a little more at ease today doc. Take care of yourself 

Off t'mill soon so I'll have a quick look round before I go.

Hope everyone has a good, productive day.

Correct plants for privacy required

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 07:50

I'd agree with fidget Steve. Anything growing that quickly also gets out of hand quickly and you'd constantly be pruning and managing it.

If you want trees at the end,  you'll have to be prepared for them to take their time growing to a suitable size for privacy. A hedge would be a better alternative but heights also have to be reasonable in a residential area. Smaller trees closer to you rather than at the end of the garden help to manage a view, but the success of that depends on the length of your garden. 

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