Mike Allen

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Lawn weed

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:47
Are you sure it isn't trefoil?

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:44
Just do your best.
If I may. I have a couple of impressions regarding lawns. To many. A patch of grass out back...is the lawn. To me. A lawn, totally weed free etc, well tailored etc. Then going one further, an ornamental lawn would have to be a bowing green. Yes there are benefits even at the lower level. However whatever way you look a the lawn. It is the centrepiece and has, well it demands attentiona at all times.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:37
Oh! Ladies pleeeeeze. All these cakes and pasteries. You are making Mikes mouth to water. I have never been a sweet tooth but, I do miss Val's baking.

J Parkers let down

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:30
Friends. So many post have appeared on this forum alone, and this is not the only gardening forum. In brief. Please be very cautous when buy on-line, from garden centers and likewise. Perhaps many of us can remember times, when to have a job, really meant something to us. Nowadays, a job is simply a wage packet. The internet age has taken over, so. Despite anyone emailing a firm and complaining. Who checks the emails, who checks the sales staff. Beware friends. Browse the catalogues and the net. Make out your list then if possible visit your local nursery/GC. Fortunately where I live. I have three really good garden centers. Each giving a two or three year warranty on perennisal plants. So perhaps it's a good idea to save the till reciepts.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:19
Hi Lin.
Perhaps next year will prove better. Some Penstemons along with many other species do at times play silly beggars. Next year, try a feed of a high potash fertiliser. I have only recently started to grow penstemons, they mix well with my roses and I become so engrossed watching the bees entering the tubular flowers. Best wishes.

Autumn lawn maintenance visit

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 22:05
Thankfully I have no lawns. To be honest. I find that feed and weed and the use of many garden chemicals, are at times overated. Nevertheless. Yes seeding of the bare patches is a good idea. At this time of year, dampness hangs about, so keep the soil well areated. A dressing of washed sharp sand helps. If using sand from the local builders yard. Do your best at washing it first, just in case of cement etc contamination. Keep fallen leaves raked off. Worms can be ver active now, and will begin to drag underground leaves. This is all part of natures way of tidying up and conditioning the soil. Pleas do not set out to destroy the worms. Worm casts can be cleared by using a very flexible cane and by using it as a swishing stick, the cast will be dealt with. Raking or brush the casts will make a mess over the grass. Ease off on mowing and forget rolling from now on.


Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:51
Hi my friend. Sadly you never said just where you wanted to plant them! In pots or containers. Plant them double their depth, cover and leave. In lawns and grass areas especially close to wooded areas. Take out a suitable sized turf, spread the bulbs out and replace the turf. Pressing it firmly but gently back in place. That way you will get a good attractive clump of flowers in the spring.

Dutch Barn Cloche

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 21:42
If at first you don't suceed. Try, try again. Honest Nicholas, once you make it a couple of times, you will wonder whatever was the problem. Set the wires out as in the blogspot. Then go through the motions without the glass, talk to yourself.

A 'Plant ID' forum topic

Posted: 25/08/2014 at 13:08
I doubt very much if there exists a forum that completely satisfies everyones needs. This is truly a great forum. Members are on the whole,are friendly and never hold back from offering help and advice. It seems to be one of the few forums that is used 24/7. I am certainly thankful and grateful that I found it on the net.

Phalaenopsis orchids

Posted: 23/08/2014 at 23:57
Better known as the Moth Orchid. Species of +/- 50 species. Most of which are evergreen. Frost hardiness= Tender.
Grow on slabs of bark or in slatted baskets containing epiphytic orchid compost. Allow arial roots to hang outside. Provide High humididty plus bright filtered light all year round. Spring to Autumn water freely and mist spray daily. Spray is best using water at local temperature . Feed monthly with a balanced orchid ffertilizer. Winter, water sparingly. Propagation by division is a no go, however cuttings and off-shoots can be used. Pests. Aphids, mealy bugs and red spider mite.

Discussions started by Mike Allen

Fantastic site.

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Modern Technology

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More about using Coir

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Talk about daylight robbery!

Plant prices. 
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Have I overdone it?

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Growing with Coir

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List of members.

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Concern over conifers.

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Good News for Mike

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Makes you Wonder!

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A Wee Bit Cooler

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Our Silent Fliers.

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Would members be interested?

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Dare I say.

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