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Autumn Lawn Feed

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 22:30

Can anyone tell me if I am too late to apply an Autumn lawn feed now?  I wasn't going to bother but our lawn is looking a bit ropey.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 21:27

I will pass all these suggestions on to her, thanks everyone.

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 16:12

We also have an elder that has grown into a single stemmed tree.  I can just reach up with telescopic loppers to prune the odd wayward bit off.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:44

Great ideas thanks everyone.  I use the Crocus site all the time, it's where I ordered the plants from!  I'll ask her about the bulbs and get some heuchera plugs to pot on in my greenhouse for her.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 17:23

I think she would like the choisya, I have that one in my own garden and she was there when I got it.  I'll have to see what she makes of what I've got her and how much space is left.  How hardy is that Jasmine Marion?

how to save elder and birds whilst getting rid of ivy

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 14:41

Elder are very easy to do from cuttings and chances are if you have a mature berrying one in your garden you've probably got a self seeded one already growing somewhere.  You'll be waiting a while for the berries though. 

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 14:16

She was talking about maybe putting some hellebores in there too.  I don't think she wants any bare soil at any time of year because cats like to poo out front which drives her mad!  Perhaps I should keep the Lonicera for my garden as it is more of an untidy wildlife effort and find her something better.

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 11:19

Thanks Nut and Busy.  Perhaps she could sandwich the Lonicera in between some other things to distract from  the messy look in Summer?  I was thinking the Skimmia and Sarcococca could go nearer the tree where it's more dry and shady.  

Plants for Winter interest

Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:33

My Mum has requested a shrub for her Birthday (end Nov) to go in a new border in her North facing clay front garden.  She doesn't want anything that will take much maintenance or grow too large as she doesn't like working out the front much. She specified, low maintenance, flowers, maybe scent (she doesn't want much)!  It might also get quite dry because she has a large Sorbus and some other shrubs there already.  

I have ordered her these:

Skimmia japonica subsp. reevesiana
(skimmia (berry-bearing)

Lonicera × purpusii 'Winter Beauty'
(winter honeysuckle)

Sarcococca confusa
(sweet box)

Does anyone have these shrubs already and can you give me any advice on care/maintenance.  If any are really unsuitable I can just pop them in my garden! 




Posted: 06/11/2014 at 10:24

Good to know Bob.  I live in Leicestershire and we're on clay and I have three Callicarpa 'Profusion' on order so I'll plant them in full sun and hope for the best.

Discussions started by Mrs G

How safe are wasp nests?

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Autumn Lawn Feed

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Plants for Winter interest

North facing clay border 
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Moving clematis

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Feed birds

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Gardening and Chickens

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European Spindle

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How to increase flowers/coverage 
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mulch query

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Talkback: Dunnocks

I tried clingfilm on the outside of the window but the blue tit just pulled it off! 
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Breeding Frogs

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Mulching with privet

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Ray of Hope

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Flooded Harden

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