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Outrageous sexism!!!!!

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 23:17

Machines in the 50s were heavy, cumbersome affairs and grass cutting then was all about neat clips and straight edges and rollered rows to make a nap.    In the 60S, the Flymo liberated everyone from that tyranny since it was light and easy to use and had no rollers.

These days OH and I have enough grass to need a sit on mower and OH and I are both happy to trundle around on it but he definitely does the bit that needs a Flymo and strims all the edges as that sort of stuff requires no horticutural skill or knowledge.   He likes the garden to look good but hasn't a clue about the plants.   

There's an article in this month's The Garden (RHS magazine) about pink jobs and blue jobs.  I tend to think the lines are blurred now and it is right that they be so but division of labour should be according to who has which skills or interests and not what sex they are.

For us that means I get to do all the fun stuff like sowing seeds, potting on, planting out, refereeing but also quite a bit of DIY jobs.   I have back problems so OH gets to turn the compost heaps, dig beds, carry stuff.   He picks the fruit and I make the jams and jellies and crumbles.

As for gloves, I have them in loads of colours, plain and patterned and in various weights according to the job.  Some match my wellies.   I have lilax, pink and green ones for different seasons.   I have coloured trugs too in different sizes.    I find an old pair of ski gloves comes in handiest for the very prickly jobs.   

Gardening should be fun, whoever or whatever you are.



Plant ID please??

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 14:03

Fat hen - gets very tall here if I let it and spreads easily.  Pain in the posterior.

What is my hedge and why is it dying?

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:20

It looks like one of the conifers but I couldn't tell you which without a smell.

These do not regrow if they are trimmed back into brown wood so you must always leave some green foliage on the plants when pruning.   brown patches may also result form growing conditions - too dry, too wet, etc.    They can also be caused by aphids or fungae and there is also a disease going round which is killing these hedges and turning them brown.

Here is what the RHS has to say -  Hope it helps.  


Working around Moles

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 13:05

Moles dig at hunting depth so deeper in winter when the worms burrow down to escape the cold and more shallow in summer or wet weather when the worms are nearer the surface.   We have them and dependng on conditions we get molehills or galleries that sink when it rains or leave a trail of grass that goes brown from drought form having tunnel instead of soil for its roots.   Ialso get mole hills in my flower beds which then become anthills as they are raised and dry.  In my experience they barge straight through roots Under grasses, rhubarb, currant bushes, perennials........

The best treatment in the UK is a professional mole catcher.

Cats and dogs catch them too but with our terrier cross, that always involves some digging which is as bad as the moles.   As I live in Belgium I can blast them with one of these - - but we haven't used it in anger since we got the dogs.  Excellent toy though and very satisfying and effective.

If you do catch and release any live ones, do it across a stream as they are less likely to come back but who knows?  I've watched one lot migrate from the paddock across the road, tunnelling under the road and into our garden.




Suggestions for white late summer flowers

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:38

I have white lychnis in flower now and a creamy white hemerocallis, white astilbes, a white dahlia which is just starting to bud up, achillea ptarmica, rosa Jacqueline Du pré, white campanula persificolia, white phlox, white clematis alba luxurians.    There must be other white roses and clematis to try and then white annuals such as cosmos which will flower till the frosts if you keep dead heading, white asters, white veronicastrum, white echinacea......

All sorts really.

Making a potting bench

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 16:30

Maybe later when it stops peeing down.  Tuesday by all accounts.  Seriously fed up with being soggy.

Bilberry plants or berries

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 12:05

I bought two tiny plants several years ago from Larch nurseries.  This summer one has turned brown and died but the other is doing well though not yet producing flowers or fruit.

The RHS Plant Finder lists 15 suppliers -



Posted: 13/07/2014 at 11:59

You need to dead head it to stop it putting energy into hips and encourage more flowers to form.   Treated like this it should flower from June through to the frosts but if left to itself it will produce just the one flush of flowers and then concentrate on its hips and reproduction.

You could try snipping off all the stems with hips and giving it a liquid feed of rose or tomato food now to see if it will flower again this year.

What grass would you reccomend?

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:42

Pleased you like it.  

geraniums and anenomes

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 10:40

Funny isn't it?  I have deep, fertile, alkaline loam on a clay sub soil but I can't get Honorine Jobert to grow and the pink ones have taken years to establish and fill their space.   Can't grow Chinese lanterns either.

On the other hand, couch grass, nettles, creeping buttercup, fat hen, ground ivy, bindweed, thistles, dock and teasles are a constant nightmare and the pink geranium is following suit but not the more interesting ones I'd really like to spread about more freely.

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