Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:40
I am a Jack of all Trades and happily so. I can garden and run a garden group though am not an expert, I can cook and bake but am not a trained chef, I can run a dance club without being a professional dancer and I can sew and do basic DIY and furniture restoring. I'd be dreadully bored - and much the poorer - if I had to rely on someone esle to do all this but will pay for expertise when I need it.
To go back to the original post, SR is not, in my view, a lawn expert and does not know her pitch fork from her elbow. My lawn is not a sterile place as much of its green comes from clover, plantains, daisies and the occasional dandelion. After rain we have blackbirds on it hunting for worms, fieldfares looking for chafer grubs and other birds grubbing about. In dry weather I get green woodpeckers hunting ants and we also have moles which are less welcome. It's an excellent surface for romping with the dogs and for Possum and her friends when they were younger and played outside.
I don't see the need for planting bulbs in grass unless you have rolling acres with shrubs and trees and find it looks less and less attractive during the 6 weeks the grass has to be left uncut to let the foliage replenish the bulbs for next year. She didn't mention how long it takes for this long grass to recover and green up again once it's been cut as short of the rest of the lawn. I'd rather have the bulbs in the borders where their foliage can stay on till dead but be disguised by other plants as they emerge in succession.
SR should maybe stick to growing cut flowers and doing her flower arranging.