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Concrete slab

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 16:17

You could start teh year with snowdrops and then go on to dicentra spectabilis or formosa which has smaller flowers and bluer leaves.  I like both.   Pulmonaria Blue Ensig will give you spotted foliage and blue flowers in spring, then geranium macrorhizum which has scented leaves, pale, medium or deep pink flowers depending on variety and scented foliage which turn red in winter.  

Astrantias like shade and a slightly damp soil.    Alchemilla mollis does well in dry shade and produces acid yellow flowers in summer.  I don't like the flowers and cut them off but the foliage is lovely, especially when it has raindrops on it.   Japanese anemone Honorine Jobert will give you height and white flowers for late in summer and into early autumn.

That should start you off.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 16:09

What have you bought Ladybird?  My 3 new ones from September are doing well, still in pots waiting for their new bed.

I love Florentines so we don't buy them.  Too tempting.  However OH has strict instructions to bring me some chocolates when he comes home on Friday.  The price of Leonidas here is frightening!

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 16:05

It's lovely outside now.  I've just been out in the lanes with the dogs and there's all sorts of spring blossom and wildflowers I don't recognise and the busy buzzing of insects.   Lots of nest building going on too.

I need to go and commune with my pots and see if I can tell which one is Sum and Substance cos that's what I need to get planted first of the hostas.    

pics of your garden lovelies

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:02

Hello.   Have a look at the Garden Gallery thread in the Potting Shed.   Lots of garden and plant pics.  There's also a Camera thread for other pics.

Concrete slab

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 15:01

I would use it as a workspace for potting on or growing on plants.  I'd also widen that back bed to at least the depth of the slab and put a border down the side but not dead straight as curves or diagonals or triangles add interest.

If you're not interested in a work area, try filling it with an assortment of pots and grow  bulbs, spring bedding or specimen plants that will be show-offs.

Another possibility is to erect a trellis panel or 2 in front to hide it, dig a border in front of that and grow a decorative or fruitful climbing plant up it and hide things like green waste or compost bins behind it. .

Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:48

That is an excellent idea.

Gardeners World- what's going on ?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 14:47

Thing is Frank, they set MD up as the nation's favourite gardener and a guru.   He can make big mistakes when trying something new - we all can and should extend our limits of knowledge and experience - but not something so basic and so every day for a professional gardening presenter.

New turf in august now hardly growing

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:31


Grass doesn't really start to grow till average temps are steadily more than 8C.

Worm casts are a sign of good soil and can be lightly brushed off.   When you do start to cut, keep the blades high to begin with as longer grass leaves can feed and strengthen the roots and thus help the grass thicken and compete with weeds.

In mid April, when it's warm enough, apply a spring feed for grass, with a weed and moss treatment combined if you thin it needs it.   Follow the instructions on the pack.  Never cut the grass shorter than one inch, esepcially in summer when it's drier.

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Planting in shade

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:24

In that case, buy the biggest, deepest pots you can or make a big trough - mimimum 75cms deep and wide to give maximum root room.   Put crocks in the bottom to keep the drainage hoe clear and then fill with best quality John Innes no 3 compost.

Have a look at this rose - http://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/the-lady-of-the-lake-rambling-rose which is a repeat flowering rambler so easy to train as the stems are less rigid than a climber.

It will be grafted onto a rootstock which needs to be buried 1 or 2 inches below soil level.   Water the new rose well before planting and again after planting.   Pots do not get enough water form the rain so you will need to water regularly and give it a top dressing of something like blood, fish and bone every spring and liquid feeds of rose or tomato food between March and late June.

Train the stems as horizontally as possible to encourage more flowers to set and dead-head regularly to keep them coming.

Resurrected Nine

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 12:15

Kitty - he's a rescued Labrador taken in by Rasta's dog trainer after his owner was carted off to hospital and expected to die.  He was nearly 3 years old and had never been outside or had a walk or been trained in any way.   He had no collar or chip so she called him U2.

I don't like either U2 or Bono but decided to keep the band theme and went for Bonzo Do Doodah Band.   He gets called Bozo a lot but less now that he's responding tor training and gaining confidence.  He is very soppy and loving and can be really quite clever but then lets his panic at new things overwhelm him.   It's taken him 4 months to decide the kittens are not frightening and are fun to play with.

I'm ignoring washing and other indoor jobs and working out where to plant hostas in their new bed.

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