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Suggestions for filling a small south facing border

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:35

Hebes interspersed with alliums will give structure through summer as well as attracting  bees. Easy to acquire and maintain. 


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:50

Clari - in Scotland that's known as a 'huftie' in - 'dae yeh  huftie get married?' 



Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:28

bekkie - I think you're right. Jealousy is often the reason for that type of incident. I can't understand that at all. 

Help for flooded gardens

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:15

Terrific effort 


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:12

Clari -  when I told people they just said - it's about time...

Daisy - people are just horrible. There seems to be an element that just likes to 'destroy'.  I invested in a ( fairly inexpensive) camera to catch the dog which kept 'relieving' itself in my garden on a regular basis. You can get the fake ones for about a tenner - that might even be worthwhile - just to let them think they might be seen. It's very upsetting, not to mention worrying that someone is on your property when you're not there. 


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 09:03

Morning all - no chance of any of that cake now that Verdi's spotted it...

Apologies Clari  - I forgot to say Congratulations   a  very exciting time for you  so hope all goes well for the future  

Congrats to Mr and Mrs OL - hope you have a lovely weekend celebrating.  What's the thingy for 18 years?  Maybe it's plants! Just tell him that OL - he'll never find out 

Dry here and a little cooler so will get something done as no work today. Off to see what else has been going on while I was watching the tennis last night.

Getting the perfect lawn [pictures]

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 08:54

CJ - I think there's some very good advice there from Bboy and Verdun. It's easy to get a bit over analytical about lawns. I'd agree with what they both say - too much food and water really. The bit you're worried about - at the edges of the patio- will possibly get more wear and tear which will make it more likely to be worn, and it may just be more compacted which doesn't help drainage and that's a big factor for healthy grass. I never water grass unless it's a newly seeded area and, although we have high rainfall here normally, in all the dry weather recently and last summer, my grass was green and healthy as it had been fed earlier in the year and regularly cut.  I simply avoid walking on it too much if there's been a lot of rain, especially in spring,  as it doesn't help with the structure of the ground.

I reckon most people would be delighted to have as green a 'sward' as you have there! 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:37

'Bonnie' - OL- you have to  get the correct spelling you know.... although some parts are distinctly 'un' bonnie 

I'll check how to do them and get some organised for you. They make big shrubs - mine have grown a fair bit already, although they were biggish to start off with.

Lesley -

I need milk as well as bread  Clari - I always need milk - I drink so much tea 


Posted: 26/06/2014 at 16:03

Home from work and another busy day. Not had time to catch up here recently (too busy watching the tennis yesterday ) but hope doc has made it to Glasto and everyone is surviving the weather/work/slugs/mothers-in-law/injuries - delete as appropriate. Think that covers everyone! 

OL- I have two oak leaf hydrangeas which I bought last year so if you want cuttings of them I can do some for you. The flowers are white, late summer, with lovely leaf colour in autumn.

Have to go soon and deliver a child somewhere and get some bread. 

At least it's dry so I might get something done when I come back.

Clematis and yellowing leaves

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 12:51

It may be a drainage problem then Chris. Keep it off the ground with some little supports - anything will do, so that excess water drains away. It's quite a small pot but as long as it's fed and watered appropriately you'll get flowers. I had a clematis in a pot that size with sweet peas last year. Make sure the pot gets some shade  - I had mine in partial shade and also had other pots round it to prevent the roots cooking, which clematis don't like. Sun for their heads but shade for their feet.

It may just be a bit slow this year after being munched. Water it regularly but don't feed so often until there are buds and flowers coming. If you put your finger in the compost to check - it should just be damp not soaking wet. A mulch of gravel  will help prevent it drying out too much in hot weather.  It sounds as if it's growing fine - it just needs a bit of time and tlc 

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