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Compost For Laurel Cuttings

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 19:36

I've just used multi purpose Craig but as I only did them recently I've no idea if that's going to be any good! I've used good quality compost though as some of them have been a bit poor this year. Just bought some Levington's and it looks ok so I'll do some more with that and compare later. As far as I'm aware they're not to difficult to propagate. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 19:33

Used to do the loft hatch in a previous house too matty - it works very well. This one's not so easy to reach so haven't done it yet.

It's so scorchio here I'm thinking of sleeping outside tonight...but Verdun might come a- calling.....hmmm, where did I put those steel traps...Robin Hood, Robin Hood riding through the glen...

Haven't moved the wood yet that was delivered - I could knock together a bed instead....

Steak sandwiches with toms and lettuce from the garden for dinner - really can't be bothered cooking at all though. 

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 19:07

It was 32 degrees in my back garden at half two today. Been inside and been to shops instead. Can't be out in that!

Chicky - glad you've had a good time! Enjoy Barcelona- it's lovely. Gaudi's home is great if you get a chance to go there. Your garden will survive- I'd wave the wand but it's unreliable these days 

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:39

addict - I could make lots of rings then...and a few pots for good measure! 

Great description of doing a soil test addict- not heard it put like that before!

Floppy Lavatera

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:34

Hi Nors- I'm inclined to say it's just the heat. In a normal summer it would be fine but it's put on lots of growth and then been hit by the high temperatures and the roots haven't yet become established enough to support it all. If it was in a pot you could easily move it to a shadier spot during the hottest part of the day - I did that recently with a few plants- but as it's in the ground you could try giving it a little man-made shade instead with greenhouse netting or lightweight material - anything to keep the worst of the sun off it for a few hours. If that's all that's wrong you'll see a difference within  a few days, and if it's still floppy then there's a different issue.

Front lawn

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 16:16

Hi inspiration. I always ask people what they don't like as that's often easier! So I'd suggest you make a little list of things like colours and styles and plants you hate so that you can rule them out. Also, the reason for asking about the aspect of the garden (the direction) is because it will determine what you can or can't grow. Same with the soil-  it's important to know so that plants grow sucessfully, although if you're not sure of that there will be plenty of help here. Lastly think about how much time you have to spend on maintaining it. Most people spend more time working in their back garden because it's usually the one they spend most time in, so you may want something simple but effective that will look neat and tidy all year round. 

Re the paving slabs- clean everything out from between them and brush in a dry mortar mix of 1 part cement to 2/3 parts sand and then sprinkle lightly with a watering can and it will set. If the ground's damp you can just brush it in and leave it and it will absorb the moisture from the surrounding soil and set that way. 


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:57

little ann  it's a lovely part of the world- similar climate to where I am. Your garden looks beautiful - you must love it. And as for beyond your boundary... now that's what I call a 'borrowed view'  

Can I move a Buddleia?

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:53

I've moved one Mike and I did it in the autumn when it had finished flowering but you could leave it till spring when you cut it back for the new growth. Either way you'd want to cut it back to make it easier to get out. They're quite shallow rooted and I found it  fairly easy to dig out - mine was about the same age. Do the usual things once you've moved it- ie prepare the planting hole thoroughly, water in well and keep an eye on it. A bit of food if it's a spring move and it should be fine 

Garden privacy - alternative to trees

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 15:23

I'm not sure if I'm following you correctly Sian, but if you mean you want to replace the trees with something easier but still to be that height I'd suggest you attach trellis or similar to the wall and plant some climbers to cover it. There are lots to choose from depending on the aspect the wall has and what else you have growing round about.

Also, do you want something evergreen to just create a 'green' barrier or do you want flowers, scent etc? If you can give us a little more info and maybe a pic or two if you can, it will help with other suggestions. Type of soil is useful too. 


Posted: 19/07/2013 at 10:49

Nut will know blackest but I think she's got internet probs just now. I've got one for her to identify too but was waiting for her to get sorted before I put it on. I'm trying not to feel fluttery about your pic as I'm not good with moths....

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