Latest posts by Marinelilium

Planting in a very formal courtyard bed

Posted: 24/01/2016 at 10:22
Hello Gally Pete,

My thoughts are less colourful but I would go with potted lemons, thin rocket cypress, lavender for butterflies to dance in or to make a pond with irises. Ponds do require maintenance but everything that's worth having costs blood, sweat and tears IMO. : )

Is this chick weed?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:54

This is great for weed Id especially emerging ones. HTH

unhappy roof terrace plants

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 19:00
Hello photosynthesize. Size matters. (With the right size pot for the plant and feeding you can grow countless plants but weight is an issue on roof terraces.) I trust you have checked roots are not pot bound, infested with grubs or in smelly, wet growing medium. So.. What else could it be?

Wind shear (the compass direction and the angle the wind strikes) effects water uptake and leaf scorch which will damage or stunt growth.( IKEA sell pretty, taped balcony railing sheets and canopies to offer wind, rain and sun protection.) Are there any heating vents, boiler exhausts or air conditioning vents causing huge temperature variations?

Apple/Roses for north east facing Garage Wall

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 18:24
PS Ooops! lost end of 1st paragraph.....should have been the Mitraria coccinea would look really good.

Apple/Roses for north east facing Garage Wall

Posted: 13/01/2016 at 18:14
Hello Ankit. I envy you the beginnings of a new garden project, the planning, choices and the planting. Planting on a north facing garage in clay makes me ask: is the garage guttering sound so roof doesn't create puddles to plant in? If it isn't too soggy and the soil gets some organic matter dug in then a Mitre plant would like that aspect. M. Coccinea would look

Evergreen climber with red or orange trumpet flowers it would be quite happy, especially against a North facing white wall. HTH

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 17:15
Was the soil treated with weed killer PJL? The mound's "patchy grass" you described, suggests chemical residue may be inhibiting regular growth. Run-off from the farmer's field may also be an issue depending whether selective herbicides or fertilisers are used and have drained down and NPK levels are skewed.

BTW If cotoneaster dammeri or cotoneaster salcifloius repents are planted they will do away with the need for chicken wire or gabions. Landscaper's use these plants on cliff faces.

Stabilising a clay bank

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 13:59
Hello Desthemoaner. I garden on a slope so understand your concern about the soil ending up elsewhere! Mine is stabilised by Cotoneaster dammerii

An evergreen shrub only 25cms tall, but one plant covers 2 metres of bank (kerching ??), has white flowers and then red berries, wildlife LOVES it. Happy to grow on clay (which can shrink and crack in summer and becomes slime in winter) and practically maintenance free. Grabs soil well and Is so secure I plonk seasonal pots in between the woody stems if the mood takes me. HTH

Watery Shed

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 12:42
Has the rain washed soil up the sides of the 4x4 bases? If wet soil is contact with base boards it will wick up the panels. 10cms of soil movement and build up, after the rain we've had, wouldn't surprise me PJL. Tricky inspecting the bases are free of silt build up so maybe a pokey pokey with big stick job?


Posted: 10/01/2016 at 12:25
I soused all my metal tools and lawn mower with WD40 (anyone else love the smell of this?) at the end of October. Glad I did as this wet winter has the humidity gauge in my garage at 85%.

Nesting box

Posted: 10/01/2016 at 11:54
Birds go 'house hunting' year round - like we check out property websites. (Just seeing what's on the market). They may roost alone or in clutches during bad weather inside bird boxes and pouches though. They also pop in for snacks on spiders, earwigs etc.

Feb is when serious territory battles for nest sites kicks off. They have to fight for a patch and partner so if you hear or see squabbles then mating and nesting has begun.

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