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lawn in this hot weather

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:33

we are watering like mad but there are still dry browning patches. are we fighting a losing battle? our garden is a little suntrap and I think the soil under the lawn is pretty shallow and rubbish

we didnt choose the seedmix to be drought tolerant 

Tree Identification

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:31


what needs supporting with canes and garden string? specifically gladioli...

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:28

are there certain species that always need support, or does it vary?

Our gladioli are going strong and I'm very excited (new gardener... easily excited!) but they're so tall they're starting to flop, and I don't want the flowering stems to snap. They're going to be tricky to tie up though as they're flat blades, rather than round stems.

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 09/07/2013 at 20:24

so for future reference...

day lily flowers only last about 36 hours (that's why they't called day lilies... !), but closed buds will open after the stem has been cut and brought inside

freesia buds open, but older flowers have often 'gone over' by the time the later buds open so they require a bit of housekeeping to maintain looking good

I will post how other flowers behave as and when...

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 22:59

awesome, thanks

ive realised i really know nothing! 

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 22:42

ha. there are a lot of flats round here with communal gardens that will be managed by professionals. I tell you what... they look damn good. Whoever's doing it is a class act.

I tell myself they use loads of chemicals though, and that's how everything looks so beautiful.

cutting buds/flowers

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 21:38

Hello again everyone

Is there a rule of thumb with cutting buds and flowers, as to what will open indoors once cut, and what will just stop developing?

For example, we have some freesias, with several buds on a stem. Once one flower opens, if I cut the stem and bring it indoors will the rest of the buds open or does cutting it arrest development?

irises going brown and curly

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 17:06

we did wonder whether that was why, and assumed it couldnt possibly be!


irises going brown and curly

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:15


Hemerocallis flowed on Sunday and lasted about 36 hours before turning into a crinkled brown mess! Sunday was VERY hot and our garden in a sun trap... but 36 hours!

watering (i'm new to gardening)

Posted: 03/07/2013 at 11:14

I have been terrible at come back to this, I do apologise.

The reason why I asked the question was because some things were just doing really badly, and I couldnt think of why. I've satisfied myself it's not water though, as there are plants, even of the same species, inches away which are doing fine.

The exception is the lawn in patches, but I think that the soil is relatively poor and thin, so I've been selectively watering and it looks better.

Thanks anyway for the advice.


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