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Cutting the lawn

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 20:00

If the ground isn't too squelchy and boggy I don't see why not.  A high setting as liseals says, so that it doesn't get scalped.  I'll have to leave mine a while - it's very soggy so I'd do too much damage if I walked on it. It'll keep till another day 


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:41

I'd have got frostbite if I'd paraded bare feet today 

Can  I dispel the myth about Camellias, Rhodos and Azaleas and acid soil? They're more than happy in neutral soil which is what I've had in every garden. They just don't like alkaline soil. Make sure they don't go short of water in summer as that's when they form the following year's buds. 

Hope you're fine Andy - getting out in the garden will have helped I'm sure 

I've been very lucky as I've never had weevil damage. Yes -  Provado I think Matty. Someone here will advise though if that's wrong.

Roast chicken dinner consumed and will now put feet up too. Daughter made Yorkshires...better than mine so she can do them from now on!


Since joining GW forum,I have been overwhelmed with all the support & advise

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 19:18
liseals wrote (see)

you gardeners are defiantly a friendly bunch


I'm definitely 'defiant' liseals....


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:56

17 Verd - didn't even get near 7 here today! 

Had chat with teacher. Stood my ground. They can dress it up how they like, but I know what goes on and, as we say here, it's a heap of ****e.  She'll sit it providing she passes the Nab (next part of the course) in the next few weeks.  What message does it send kids that if they're not doing brilliantly they can just drop out of the subject? Whatever happened to sticking at something and trying to improve. 

Anyway, sorted my indoor plants with some fresh compost so they look a bit happier. Crocus are all opening in the garden so it looks a bit more springlike. The canna I bought at the end of last summer for a few quid is growing away so I will get that into a bigger pot at the weekend.


North facing wall.

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:12

There may be a few roses which will be happy in that aspect Balvinder, but I'm not any kind of expert I'm afraid. You could  take a look at some of the specialists online such as Peter Beales Roses, as they will give loads of suggestions and all the info you'd need. Someone here will have experience of roses in that aspect as well.

Does the site get any sun at all, or is it shady most of the time? 

Since joining GW forum,I have been overwhelmed with all the support & advise

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 18:03

That's a lovely thing to say Paul, and I couldn't agree with you more. 

I've been here about a year and I consider many of the people here as friends - even though I've never met any of them! They have helped, advised and supported me in all sorts of ways and made me laugh as well. What more could anyone want? 

A gift is exactly what it is 

Surviving Geraniums

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:14

I'd take some cuttings from the pelargoniums and start afresh. This is a good time to do that as they should grow away quite readily. I'd remove any caterpillars from the plants so that they can't just move to another plant and eat that.

Don't have much experience of Fuchsias as they're not something I like - sorry!


Posted: 07/03/2014 at 13:09

Just got washing in as the horizontal hail and snow came on...

Amazing how quickly towels can dry in a bit of sun and an arctic wind 

Wish this stupid teacher from my daughter's school would hurry up and phone so I can go out. Getting angrier by the minute, especially because of the reason. Yes - just get pupils to drop a subject - don't even let them sit the exam because the prelim mark is low and they may not pass, which won't reflect well on the school.  What happened to letting people learn by failing now and again? 'Oh but we're all winners' they get told from the age of three. Ludicrous. It's all about league tables... 

May have to go on KEF's ranty pants thread now. 

Border in complete shade

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:53

As already suggested, Euonymous are great for this type of location. I bought 3 (in 4/5" pots) for £10 last year in my local B&Q so good value. They've put on good growth already.

Japanese anemones will do well and give late summer/autumn colour and a bit of height. Pinks and whites readily available and they'll seed around - some people have problems with them being invasive but I've not found that here. Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium) in whites and blues, and Dicentra (Bleeding Heart) in pinks and white,both love shady positions. You can plant snowdrops and crocus etc for this time of year. Heucheras will do well and there are bright colours of green and gold as well as the more common purples, so they brighten up this kind of aspect. I have Lime Marmalade -self explanatory! A decent plant can be split and grows away quickly, and they also seed around. Fatsia japonica is a great evergreen for shade and has big, tropical leaves. Grows quite quickly. I have a Pernettya ( now called Gaultheria) which will grow in shade, is evergreen and they have large berries - pale pink or white.

Take a look at a specialist shade nursery called Long Acre plants online. I've not personally used them but they have loads of ideas. 

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 07/03/2014 at 12:04

It's ok Jim - I just like the smell - I haven't gone as  far as eating it! 

Well, not yet anyway....

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