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Latest posts by LeadFarmer

Ants on peony flower buds?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 21:27

Thanks, Ill give the plant a good inspection tomorrow. Looks like I need to act fast.

Shame the ants havent found the Giant Scabious I have in the greenhouse, its leaves are covered in aphids.

Ants on peony flower buds?

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 17:51

Just noticed all my peony buds are swarming with ants. No sign of any damage, so Ive left them alone (for now!).

Is this a common occurrence?

Steel mesh covering wildlife pond?

Posted: 05/05/2012 at 21:36

The pond is circular and is only 6ft in diameter.

Garden arches planting - help needed

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:54

Are your arches in sun most of the day?

How about Jasmine for winter flowering, Honeysuckle for fragrance, clematis for colour?

What to do!!

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 22:39

Warm the hose pipe up in warm water first, to make it plyable. Or use a line of sand instead. Thats what I did.

What to do!!

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 23:35

Heres a simple way of creating borders for planting. Excuse my poor artistic skills, I dont really have any editing software! ..

 Is the gravel area a patio? Could some of this area be turned over to planting by extending the garden into this area?

honey fungus

Posted: 01/05/2012 at 22:09

I think I had honey fungus in my garden, something was killing my privet hedge off. I had a diseased cherry tree nearby which I understand is prone to honey fungus. I also had a few old tree stumps still rooted in the ground which again can be the cause of HF.

Heres a photo of my privet hedge that was gradually dying off from the far end, spreading along the hedge each year...

I dug out all the affected privet hedge, and reluctantly decided to cut the cherry tree down and remove as much of its roots as possible. I also dug out the tree stumps. Ive since replanted with new privet hedge which is growing healthily.

Armillatox is supposed to treat areas suffering from HF, but it was recently banned as a pesticide (along with many others) and is now relabled as a path cleaning product to bypass legistlation. See here

What to do!!

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 23:21
pavery026 wrote (see)

Hi I have the same dilemma as what to do with my lawn, its a rectangle with a straight flower border either side, all the comments have been extremely helpful and I love the ideas of curves. LeadFarmer your garden is just wow what a difference.

Thanks pavery026. Whilst it might look completely different this is only because I removed all the plants I didnt want, and then reshaped the lawn edges to create deeper borders to plant into.

Large lawn areas with thin borders around the edge dont really work in my opinion. At the very least I would make your borders as deep as possible, or how about having a circular shaped lawn in the middle, surrounded completely with planting? Or perhaps a figure of 8 shaped lawn? Could you post a photo of your garden so we can see what might work? 

Here's a before and after photo of the garden of my previous house. Again it had straight thin borders and looked bland...

 I created a figure of 8 shaped lawn that created deeper borders for planting...

Kerria japonica 'Pleniflora' pruning

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 21:28

Thanks Gold1locks

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 30/04/2012 at 19:40

I pulled a couple of babies off today and potted them up. Not sure if I did it correctly though. Is there any particular technique for doing this?

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