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Skimmia Japonica

Posted: 15/01/2014 at 14:18

Sequestrin will help if there's an iron deficiency but ericaceous plants can also get anaemic looking if they are short of magensium.  To fix this, give them a foliar feed of 1tbs/15ml of Epsom salts dissolved in 1 gallon/5 litres of water.  Use a watering can to sprinkle it on the leaves.

Where are my snowdrops?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:24

I love your snowdrop wood Berghill.  I hadn't thought of putting snowdrops in my woodland corner but I will now.

Neighbours not wildlife friendly

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 14:22

I'm afraid that some people are oblivious to the needs of wildlife and very ignorant about gardening and plants.   All you can do is show him by example.    Keep your garden looking good and wildlife firendly - but not too wild as most people detest the wild look and think it's all weeds and out of control - and maybe one day he'll twig.

Everedge steel lawn edging?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 11:46

As stated, we have railway sleepers all round our lawn which has big curves.   Then I nicked some grass to make a bigger bed and the new edge is slowly being edged with pavers as and when I have time.  It means I can trundle round with the lawn mower and not worry about damaging the grass edge or running over plants in borders.

Everedge steel lawn edging?

Posted: 14/01/2014 at 10:25

Do you need the edging as well as a path?  We have mowing strips round our lawn - railway sleepers round half, cut at angles to get the bends and then, having nicked grass for beds, I'm gradually edging the new edges with granite paver cobbles just laid in the soil as an edge.

I just cut the lot with the mower and OH occasionally goes round with a  strimmer to neaten edges.

Just think what you could buy with the money you'd save.

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 19:30

You're not thinking of Hidden Gardens with Chris Beardshaw on BBC2 are you?  I really liked that series and would love some more and a follow up on the ones they rescued.  Flying Gardener was a very good format too.


Pitch Forks & flt tyned lifting forks

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 17:42

Good decision Nut.  James Wong on tropical plants was eminently fast forwadable - unless you live in a totally protected pocket somewhere or have a huge glasshouse or conservatory..

Who's eating the peanuts?

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:53

Rats more likely.  They don't hibernate - not in my garden anyway.  I hang assorted birdfeeders to restrict access and put limited amounts down for the ground feeding birds so there is little or nothing left each night for the rats. 

Great British Garden Revival

Posted: 13/01/2014 at 14:51

DK remembers those days.  I didn't start watching GW till 1983 when I got my first garden.  Learned loads from GH and started reading widely too and joined the RHS which is a great source of info and inspiration.    I enjoyed AT's period on GW but found far less that was relevant when MD took over but still enjoyed it for the most part.   Loathed the TB period.  Tend to regard GW as recreational these days and don't expect to find anything to do with my garden conditions.

Pitch Forks & flt tyned lifting forks

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.


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