happycottontail


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Support for Sarah

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 18:30

I've never grown peonies before, but last May I bought three Sarah Bernhardts which didn't flower last year, but look more promising this year with more stems, and they're growing fast.  They are planted separately - not as a group.  What sort of support do you recommend for them?  I don't want the rusty look expensive ones, but I don't have any suitable twiggy bits.  What works for you?

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Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 22:01

Didn't have much joy with the besom, partly because by now the grass was above the casts, and also because even though the tops of the muddy piles were dry, the bottoms weren't. The broom just glided over the tops without moving them in the slightest!.  So with a little old kitchen knife I have begun to dig out the solid stuff (which has now been flattened by the lawnmower), flicking it onto the top of the grass.  When it dries it is much easier to sweep onto the patio with the besom.  But it's going to take a long, long time - which I haven't got at the moment.  

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:34

Went into the GC today looking for a besom broom, and they'd actually got some in the Sale.  So I got a Joseph Bentley one for £3.75 - lucky me!  So I shall attack the worm casts tomorrow.  Do you think the besom will work better if I trim all the birch twigs to roughly the same length?

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:22

Well, the deed is done, and I must say the tree looks very sorry for itself   Hope the new growth gets a move on ..............  I'll give it the FBB treatment tomorrow.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 08:15

Mike, I think you are in the minority here!  So I'm going to have to go with the chop it lobby. It's a narrowish border, backed by a neighbour's fence, so I can't afford to let it romp away.

Verdun, thanks for the tip about fertiliser.

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 20:59

Bilje, I have horrible visions of you feeding pigs into your shredder   Thanks for the advice though - you too georgie!

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 14:48

Thank you nut.  If you enlarge the pic you will see that at present it has one main (vertical) branch with a support cane behind it,  and a secondary, shorter one.  When you say cut it back to base, do you mean at a point just below where the secondary branch begins, or lower than that?  Approximately how many inches above the soil line should I make the cut?  Will it grow up to its present height again within a year?

Eucalyptus gunnii

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 13:03

Below is a pic of my eucalyptus, planted last summer.  As this is its first full year in my garden I'm wondering how much I should trim it - if at all?  It's about 6' now.  I've heard that pretty new coloured foliage will come if you cut the tree back in Spring, but would you recommend it, and if so, how much should I remove?


 

 

Lawn full of worm casts - please help!!

Posted: 09/04/2014 at 12:14

As some of you will know, I had my back garden completely re-landscaped last year, including a lovely new lawn, so was gutted to find it full of worm casts this spring  .  It has had one mowing 3 weeks ago, but now badly needs doing again.  The trouble is, we've had so much rain over the past ten days that the mud doesn't dry off sufficiently to be raked off.  The rest of this week is supposed to be dry, so I would really value some advice on how to deal with this problem.  I'll attach a pic to show you a typical little pile, but this is repeated time and time again.


 

 

Your favourite pergola rose

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:51

Ooh Chicky, that is really helpful!  I had been thinking that a white rose might go best with SL.  You wouldn't by any chance have a photo of your pergola, would you?  Do you think Climbing Iceberg would be happy in a 40 litre pot?  That's the size DA recommend for a climbing rose.

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