Latest posts by Fairygirl

grass patches

Posted: 16/09/2014 at 12:44

Is it a weed and feed you've used Marypig? If so, that's the normal reaction where there are mossy areas because they die back, along with  other weeds, leaving the black patches. 

Watering in Viburnum tinus 'Gwenillian'

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:13

I'm in the west of Scotland Ellen, and we usually have high rainfall right through the year,including the summer. I never have to water plants once they're established because I have clay soil which never gets really dried out, but this year and last year have been very dry. Your climate might be quite similar to ours I think.

Hope it goes well for you  

Please help Identify this shrub

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:53

Hi Tony, it's one of the Daphnes I think, but I don't know which one I'm afraid. Someone else will know I'm sure. 


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:27

Can't remember where I posted it - here it is though 




Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:23

Woody I just bought a Libertia for beside my new little pond - 'Goldfinger'. It's a lovely bronzy gold colour. Looks a bit like an Acorus /skinny Phormium- same kind of habit. Has little white flowers in spring, but the colour is lovely. About 2 feet high or so.  That might be worth taking a look at for your grass border. I put a pic on here somewhere ...will try and find it  

Lawn damage

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:14

I've seen how dreadful a lawn can look with leatherjacket damage, although I've personally not had much trouble with them.  I've also seen them bounce back well with a good raking, some weed and feed and a bit of rain, but at this time of year that may not be feasible.I think it comes down to how good you want the grass to look. If you want Wimbledon standard,  you might be more bothered by the damage.

'orses for courses and all that 

Can I have the eclair philippa? 

Muscari dilemma

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:48

If you're worried about disturbing or breaking the leaves  when you plant your pansies, tip the whole lot out and replant everything in one go  

Leaves on honeysuckle dying falling off

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:41

If you can't move it then you'll have to just do your best with it Mick. Plenty of water, plenty of organic matter, and a mulch  to preserve moisture in dry spells and it might be ok.  You may have to accept the conditions aren't ideal for it so the problem may well occur again.

Perhaps it would be best to find a better spot for it and grow something more suited to that one. 

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:36

Hi Steve, that's an interesting change of career! 

If you have lots of grass to care for I don't think you'll have time to fuss over it the way you would if it was in your own garden. Regular mowing and a fairly simple maintenance programme will probably be fine in that situation.

You'll get lots of advice here so get your pix on and we'll all help with your queries if we can. 

Ivy leaves turning red

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 12:33

Unless it's a very, very  big pot Jennifer, all those plants will struggle. They won't get enough nutrients and water to sustain them long term. I assume it's one of the small ivies rather than the large type for walls and fences, but even so, the conifer alone will take up a lot of the goodness that's there.  You could repot them all now but consider having less in your container as well. 

I'd agree with Liri re Hazels' ivy - they're extremely tough but even ivy needs adequate nutrition and water when it's in a confined space.

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