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Raising the level of a lawn

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 13:31

Sounds like a plan but I would just make sure that all the old turf goes in first and upside down.   It should be enough to prick the existing lawn deeply with a big garden fork and then wiggle it back and forth to widen the holes as that will add air and improve drainage.

Sowing seed is much cheaper than laying turf and will also mean you don't have to barrow yet another load of stuff down the narrow passage.    Best time to sow seed is September or April when temperatures and moisture levels are at their most favourable for germination and growth.

Climbing Roses Advice

Posted: 15/08/2015 at 10:01

Good idea to let them get established with good roots.

For flower power, you need to be training their stems as horizontally as possible rather than letting them grow vertically.   See if you can gently bend the stems down diagonally and then later on horizontally.  This helps the flow of sap and encourages new short stems with flowering spurs.

Climbing roses should really be pruned in winter to remove old, dead or damaged wood and any stems growing out from their supports and that can't be trained in.   The RHS offers this advice - 

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 17:14

I bought a Prim White hydrangea paniculata and a white rose Europa Nostrum because they were on half price offer when I went to get compost.  4 wee trays of veg and salad plugs also leapt into teh trolley along with the last echinacea and some coreopsis in the reduced perennials display..........  I already have several white forms of hydrangea paniculata but at €5 how's a girl to resist?

In about 3 weeks, my local supermarket will start stocking bulbs.   They do excellent value packs of mini daffs, mini tulips (the big tall ones don't grow here) and assorted alliums and nectarospordums and so on.   I find lots of those in my grocery bags every year.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 17:06

Thanks Busy.  It's a lovely rose.

O Verdun, Oracle of All the Grasses, hear me!

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 17:03

There's precious and precious!

Talkback: Can I stop bird seed germinating?

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:58

I read that microwaving the bird seed for a minute would nuke it enough to stop germinating.  Did it for a while but it's a lot of faff so now we have a huge bluestone slab under the bird feeders and just weed its edges when the weeds get big enough.

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:34

Busy - lovely roses.  What's that purple one please?

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:09

I do so agree about grasses.   I tried some a few years ago, beguiled by the colours of penisetums and blue fescue.  Far too wussy for my garden's winters so loads of euros wasted.   Miscanthus do well but not, funnily enough, tehse last two years following mild winters.   I planted molinia in a damp spot but those tall "transparent" stems broke in the first strong wind so definitely not designed for elegant waving.

I like an occasional bronze carex buchananii but the last of those gave up in a very wet winter a few years ago and that leaves me with another bronze carex form which looks fine for a year or two then gets so long and floppy I have to trim it back to stop it tripping me up and is now self seeding into my paths and rotting in the middle after a cold wet May.

They all look sodden and bedraggled after last night's impressive storms but the roses are standing, with their flower heads held high.   Guess what gets my vote. 

Ideas for David Austin roses

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 11:57

Our weeks of drought ended last night with a spectacular storm with winds that lifted a window box off the sill and dumped it and rain that was very heavy and driven in under doors.

None of my DA roses is looking the least bedraggled - Gertrude, Sceptr'd Isle, William Shakespeare (the wussiest of my roses), Teasing Georgia, Tess of the D'Urbevilles, Queen of Sweden, Crocus Rose, Falstaff, Benjamin Britten, Malvern Hills, Generous Gardener.Jacqueline du Pré,...........

Hawthorn depth?

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 18:01

I planted hawthorn whips 12 years ago in well prepared soil and trimmed them to 9 inches high.  They grew 6' in their first year.   I cut them back to half that so they would thicken up.   They grew 6' again.

In fact they grow about 6' every year and the hedge is now about 5' thick which is fine here a sit borders an arable field and acts as a windbreak and sparrow conference centre.

I think you may find pyracantha is a better bet - also good for wildlife as it has spring blossom and autumn berries and thorns to keep predators away from nests.  It is also evergreen and can be kept trimmed as a hedge.    Failing that, there is an apple and pear farm round here that keeps its roadside beech hedges trimmed to about 9" deep so your 18" should be easy but beech is less attractive to wildlife.

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