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Mare's tail

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 17:01

That's really interesting obelixx. We think of these things as a real pest but it just shows they all have their place.

I suppose if you're getting really good plant food Ian - the pong's worth it!


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:56


Glad you enjoyed your 'light' lunch......the gravy's the fattening bit

And if you didn't have cake it's fine..  

Intended getting outside but back's complaining 

Fern problem

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 16:03

Ross I hope the burn isn't causing you a problem. What is the rest of the garden like - are there a lot of other moisture loving plants there too -like reeds, flag iris etc? Is there grass growing right up the building? If so, that may be acting like a sponge and drawing water up to it from the burn and you may need a bit of excavation to sort it out. 

Help identifying this plant please?

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 15:43

Nut - I thought it looked a bit laurel-y.

headcase- what else is growing round about  it?

Flag stones on to grass area

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 15:09

Are you on clay ade? If so you might be better putting a blob of mortar at the corner of each flag plus one in the middle, and then laying them directly onto the ground you've compacted. If it's a big wendy house you may need a bit more of a base first too - ie a few inches of compacted hard core. It really depends on the overall weight.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 14:28

GG- I think Tina may be taking the you know what....

Hi James - you don't have to be mad on here but it does help!

Ironing may have to be postponed as it seems to be clearing up.....

May even get some painting done.Got half a dozen bags of 'manure' for the compost bin and for preparing the ground for the hedge. That'll keep intruders away!

Have to take daughter to get a couple of skirts for school though 


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 13:54

Daisy I've got some Red Alert which is supposed to be suitable for outdoors in Britain. As I'm in Scotland I have them undercover though - night time temps can still be low here apart from a month or two so it's not worth trying them outside. They're a small to medium plum type. I wouldn't say they're the best flavour I've ever had but they've been plentiful, easy to grow and I'm enjoying them.


Posted: 01/08/2013 at 08:19

Morning Andy. Hope your garden's recovered after the heavy rain. It's teh best time to  shop isn't it! I sometimes go at about 8pm for the same reasons- much quieter - especially during the school hols 

What size are the planters Andy? Are you taking everything out? You could always try some herbs - especially if they're near the house. Rosemary, sage, thyme are good evergreen ones to give you something through the winter. 

Green Ripple Ivy

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 08:15

Some ivies are more vigorous than others so perhaps Green Rippleis more contained than some of them? If you want a bit more colour 'Goldheart' and 'Sulphur Heart' have brighter foliage as their names suggest. Sulphur Heart foliage has lime/apple green centres rather than yellow and has bigger leaves. Good if it's very shady.

Replacing a lawn

Posted: 01/08/2013 at 08:03

Hi Bez- yes a bit more info and pix would really help. Seed versus turf is often a financial choice but turf gives an instant result. Usually spring is best for seed sowing but late summer early autumn can be good too as it's usually still warm and you get a bit more rain than in the summer, although it depends whereabouts in the country you are too. 

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