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Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 14/04/2014 at 11:29

it's dead now. I HOPE YOU'RE HAPPY !



Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 22:41
I can do benign neglect


Philadelphus wilt

Posted: 05/04/2014 at 19:04

I bought a Philadephus online at the end of last year and it arrived looking like dry twigs that had long shuffled off this mortal coil. Anyway I planted it in the border, and promptly forgot about it. 

This spring, imagine my delight when fresh green leaves sprouted and it appeared to have thrived. And yet a couple of days ago those precious leaves began to look jaded, and now they are very wilted.

What gives? I fed everything with a general purpose feed a couple of weeks ago. I've watered a couple of times a week, but it hasn't been particularly dry, and everything else is fine. We've had a zillion slugs but the Philadelphus leaves weren't touched. 




To feed or not?

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:54

yep our cat catches rats with a bell on but not birds. they definitely work. Red Dingo do a good collar with a safety catch and you can buy them online

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:55
Under the slabs was a concrete pad, which we busted up with a breaker and hauled away. Under that was poor ish soil. Not builder's rubble, fortunately. We put down a ton (2? Hard to remember) of top soil and the entire contents of our compost bin, and then the turf. I don't think it's the soil per se that's at fault... when the lawns growing it grows ike crazy. We have to nmow it every 5 days. I think it's just a small ecosystem with little resilience. It also experiences extremes of shade/damp and sun.

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 28/02/2014 at 08:54

Overseeding the lawn

Posted: 27/02/2014 at 16:38

We took up the paving slabs and put down a new lawn in our tiny city garden 18 months ago. It's survived, and even done pretty wlel, but I wouldnt go so far as to say it's flourished. In particular, it has a tendency to go a bit thin and patchy. We aerate etc and mow when we should (just about). We overseeded last spring and I will need to again, imminently. It wasnt enormously successful last year.

what seed/species should I use? In winter the lawn is very damp, and in summer it gets very dry. One half of it gets a lot more sun than the other. We don't have dogs or children so it doesnt need to be particularly hard wearing.


lawn in this hot weather

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 17:03

humph. I guess

i save my 'grey water' (thanks Ecover) for the garden

lawn in this hot weather

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 00:15

so I can't have a beautiful green lawn in summer?! 

but ive seen nice lawns in hot weather...

thanks for the advice though

lawn in this hot weather

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 21:53

it's a year old. we moved into this house May 2012 and the back garden was concrete 10cm thick. busted it up with a roadbreaker, hauled away the rubble, put down a couple of tons of topsoil then laid turf. 

we only put down enough topsoil to replace the concrete, depthwise. couldnt afford more. underneath was not great soil. not builders rubble though.

we've overseeded a couple of times where sparse patches have appeared

the lawn gets a lot of sun

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Philadelphus wilt

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lawn in this hot weather

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