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Lawn issues

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:35

Is it a new build house Nicola? They often have poor lawns because the builders/developers just chuck turf down on poorly prepared, and often heavily compacted ground, so the drainage is lacking . Dave's advice is the way to go anyway.   If the area in question is in shade, that can have an effect on the growth of the grass too. Hopefully you can sort it and have a nice green sward next year 


Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:12

Morning all. Rain has gone off for a little while here and the birds were champing at the bit waiting for me to get their breakfast - don't think they came out of hiding much yesterday, it was so miserable. 

Not sure what I'm doing today but will have to catch up in the house a bit if it's to be better over weekend. I have a new hanging bird table to will try and get that sited at some point. 

Nice joke Lesley 

Hope you get things sorted with Mum Verdi. Very stressful for you. Hugs to all who are struggling just now.

What kind of 'lateral' are you thinking of? Some gnomes would look nice in your garden I think...

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:50

The skimmia won't like it too dry  so it may not be happy, but if you get some FYM in the soil to make it more retentive it might be ok. I also have Osmanthus burkwoodii in a similar site and it has lovely fragrant white flowers too. Not very exciting but a nice contrast to some of your other planting and seems very easy 


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:46

Lesley - frost would definitely have been better. Very cold and miserable because of the wind chill. 

Rbeak - I feel for you. All green belt land where they were building near my parents' home. Their house was one of the first built there and they were told the areas across from them would never be built on. Full of footballers now when it used to be farmland. There's a hospital nearby - it was mainly for convalescence -  which has mostly been sold off. Full of houses now too 

Don't think a helicopter would be very good today LP!  

Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 12:36

Mine doesn't have any flowers/berries either Billie but it's still a bit young so I wouldn't expect it to have any yet. Perhaps keep it in the pot for now and let it get to a good size and then plant it out when it's more substantial. I give foliage plants bone meal in spring when they're in the ground and seaweed when they're in pots so perhaps try that in spring to give it a boost and see if that helps. If there's lots of other planting round it there's competition for nutrients too, and they grow best in quite fertile condition. Bit of tlc and I'm sure it'll be fine. 


Posted: 06/11/2014 at 07:55

Morning all. Wet here too - so  much for the frost. I went and covered the car and the canna last night so at least they'll be warm and dry...

Woody - hope you get the heating sorted properly soon -  I was without mine for three days last week but fortunately it was mild. Good excuse for lots of tea as well as being a 'lady who lunches' though  

KEF- perhaps the house will disappear into a large hole at some point...incredible how some planning is allowed. 

Off for a quick look round before I go to t'mill. Stay warm and dry 


Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 19:55

That's about the size mine was Billie - bought in late spring last year. It's about 2/3 feet height and width and it's been in a pot for the last six months as it was getting a bit wind battered where it was. I'd expect yours to be that sort of size too - they're pretty quick growing. Was it a bit pot bound when you planted it? Sometimes plants get a bit stuck if they've been in the same pot for a while and the roots need teasing out a bit. What sort of conditions is it in and what aspect? 


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:14


I had a bit of fasciation this summer on the giant white buddleia I inherited here. Don't think I have a pic though. 

Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:12

Thanks summerwine. I've never tried propagating Fatsia and I love them so might take some cuttings next year. I had a  couple in the ground in a previous garden and bought one last year for this new place which is in a large pot. They make a great foil for other colours and shapes   

Propagation of Fatsia Japonica and Agapanthus

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:05

Great isn't it Tina? 

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