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Bumpy and uneven grass

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:13

I think you'd need to "suck it and see".  Depends on how hard and dry the soil is and how powerful is the rotavator.  If it's moist and soft the rotavator should be fine.  If it is dry, give it a good soak tonight. 

Confused with clematis

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:09

I agree.  Nothing like my Etoile Violette which is darker and usually has more than 4 tepals per flower.

Last edited: 22 July 2016 20:10:21

Vanilla Fraise Hydrangea - Needing support?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 20:07

If it's being knocked about by your kids either it's in the wrong place - too near their play area - or they need to learn to keep on the grass and off the beds.   If it's in the wrong place, wait till autumn to move it when it is dormant so it doesn't get a shock and its roots have time to recover and develop over winter.

That said, young plants can need extra support till they mature and, in addition, this is a plant that is pruned back every spring to encourage new growth and bushiness as it flowers on new stems.  Verdun posted on another thread that it helps to cut the old stems half back and not all the way back so the plant doesn't droop under the weight of the flowers.

Bumpy and uneven grass

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:45

How steep a slope and how big is the lawn and which way does it face and where are you?  It all makes a difference.   There are different grass mixes suited to different situations and uses and some situations which will never produce a good sward and need another approach.

If you have moss you have a drainage problem or maybe just lack of light so maybe the best thing is to dig it over - hire a rotavator for a day? - and then add some grit and sharp sand and well rotted compost to improve the soil and then rake it all level and sow new seed suited to your situation in September.

Confused with clematis

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:39

Could be lots of things but maybe one of these - http://www.clematis.hull.ac.uk/new-clemdetail.cfm?dbkey=240

Lovely rich colour whatever it is.

Modules v insitu

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 18:06

Beechgrove is right up in the far north east of Scotland so their soil takes ages to warm up and dry out for direct sowing and then has a short growing season.  I would expect modules sown under cover and kept protected would be streets ahead for many crops, especially those that don't like root disturbance such as thinning or pricking out.

Verdun, as ever, you forget the benefits of gardening right down in the balmy south west of England which makes a huge difference to what and when you can sow and grow whether in the ground or in modules.

I do love the way Beechgrove does organised trials on methods and timings and feedings and pruning and so on with fact sheets to boot.  Interesting and very useful.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 15:01

Much too cold here in a normal winter so I have to lift them and store them.   That part is fine but tedious.   Bringing them back to growth is also fine but tedious as there is no room in the greenhouse then so I have to keep them at the front of the garage and open its door every day so they get light once they start to shoot.

I may well end up sowing Children from seed and then I can keep the colours I like and give away the others.   Milder winters in new garden so they can go in the ground and stay there once big enough.  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 14:31

I've gone off them again as they are such a slug fest and there's all that palaver with lifting and drying the roots and then starting them again in spring.  gave them all away to good home except some carefully saved dark leaved white flowered After Eights.

Potted them up to take with me and blow me if one of them doesn't turn out to be a Bishop's Child with bright red flowers.   To keep or give away???

Is it just me?

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 14:25

I have collected most of my "nursery" pots together and use a sprinkler so I can have a glass of wine or cook dinner in peace.   Display pots get one hand on teh hose and one hand either weeding the pot or holding back foliage for easier access or dead heading or picking a nearby alpine strawberry depending on where and what they are.

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 11:55

Gorgeous photos.  Thanks.

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