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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:14

Very pretty but it wouldn't survive here either. Takes me all my time to survive the winter, never mind the plants 

Scalping new lawn, upset :(

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:05

That's the option I'm using Clari, especially as mine's  seed sown. 

You might find a combination of the two methods works well Mick. If it's just a gentle hollow, adding soil/compost and seed is easier. 

It looks very good anyway  

Camera Talk

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 14:02

Let's see yarrow - smug, full of his own importance, ignoring everything round him....yes, definitely a politician....

Lovely blue tit. Aren't they just so tiny when you think how much room those feathers take up 

Glad you like the hill pix, kind of you to say so.

Love the blackbird David. I really need to learn a bit about shutter speeds and other more complicated thingies on the camera....  

Can someone identify this grass?

Posted: 27/05/2016 at 13:53

Yarrow - I think yours is Carex oshimensis Evergold, or a similar variety 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 21:05

Yvie - do you have the Windows Photo Gallery then? When I put pix on from my camera, that's where they go automatically. If you do, click on Edit in the headings, the resize option is there, as well as the auto adjust for sharpening the colour and straightening them.  

First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 20:58

Ah 'the midge' - it's our secret weapon Mynx .....


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:53

If the ground stays quite damp, that gives you more scope. It really depends what you want to grow too, and what direction the bed would face. The adage 'right plant, right place' is a valid one. No point trying to grow sun lovers for instance,  if they won't get any!

Preparing the ground is important too. Make a clear, designated area for your border with some form of solid edging to keep the grass at bay.  If it's previously been grass or uncultivated in any way, you need to dig in a good bit of compost and manure to give it some nourishment. A general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone when you put plants in will get them off to a good start. Water well and mulch with more compost or bark to keep moisture in, and then keep an eye on the plants till they establish. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:43

LP - I think we got the gist.... 

You must be knackered obelixx! Meant to say - the photos you posted of your garden recently were lovely. Everything looking very healthy and happy. Hope the weather holds for you tomorrow. 

Heating's been on here too ....


Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:33

Hi vic - there's no pic so I'm guessing that you have the grass and a path in front of the conifers. Conifers take all the moisture and goodness from surrounding soil making it tricky to grow much. They also cast a lot of shade. Those two things make it almost impossible for grass to thrive.

If you want to grow flowers in a border in that location, you'd really need to build a raised bed of stone or timber which will allow you to control the conditions more easily. Using decent soil with added manure, you should be able to grow some shade loving plants, although you will have to choose sensibly as they still won't get much water from above unless you're in a reliably wet part of the country.

Hope that's of some use just now  

First bites of the year

Posted: 26/05/2016 at 19:00

It's what all hillwalkers up here use ppauper. 

Apparently they didn't like the fact that walkers use their product for that purpose, but they refuse to make a proper midge repellent with the same recipe even though they'd sell loads of it.

They never bother me so I don't need it  

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