Latest posts by Palaisglide

Problem with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:22

Boardy, gently lift the branch and support it with a forked twiggy stick or use a string to the main stem.
The time to prune and clean them is after flower drop, they then start to grow again, like fruit bushes they do need air in the centre so clear some of the growth from the main stem.
A mulch of  composted pine leaves will give them the acidic PH they need and even in wet weather I do soak mine once a week.
Hope this helps.


top dressing for a lawn

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 12:10

LorraineP, We levelled our bowling green using a plank of wood on edge.
Set it on an area you wish to check and swing it around noting where it is low and lifting it over the bumps.
Fill hollows with a mix of sand and sieved compost brushing it into the hollow without covering the grass completely, it will take several goes letting the grass recover each time.
Large bumps  Cut along three sides (a section at a time) slide a sharp spade under the sod roll it back scrape out some soil, try it back in place, do it until you are happy it is flat then press back and brush some compost and sand into the cuts.
Everything with a lawn takes time, little and often is the way to do it and yes even with a bowling green you get bumps and hollows.
My two lawns are not perfect although the cutter goes over them nicely, they were cut this week leaving the blade up a bit for the first cut, A lot of rain then lower the blades a dry spell leave the grass a bit longer.
I do use feed and weed, once after the second cut, six weeks after and wet it in best done when rain is due. Then in Autumn winter weed and feed, the only chemical I do use but it is granular and complements are passed on how fresh and green the lawns look. As with all gardening, there are no easy short cuts, little and often is much better than leave it then regret it.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 06/04/2013 at 11:47

Stockton on Tees, cool part cloud part sun.
Daf's still closed up. Primroses still in full bloom, Pansies undecided and I do not blame them.
No snow drops as yet, crocus vanished although we have swathes of them along the roadsides all still got their heads down, the herbs are OK and showing some growth they are sheltered from the wind a wall behind them and a sunny dry spot.
Little glimmers of hope and I got three bags of Compost brought to me today £10 for three so not expecting too much but then I mix it.


MOB rants

Posted: 05/04/2013 at 09:46
Gardening Grandma wrote (see)

I'm not that old, Frank! Didn't I tell you I was 27?

About the age I feel this morning G/G with a couple of "0" on the end, better go back to bed and get out the otherside.


MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 23:11

G/G "fire breathing dragon"???? Then I met you in Bridgend, where you Nesta's mother?


MOB rants

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 10:00

G/G, that is OK I was the child dad, my Daughter said she remembered the coronation, George V "hm" "err" I think? Saying that I have had a full and free life up to meeting Joan so may well have sown seed in Scotland then of course eaten it as Porridge, I am having some now with prunes.
Rant, it said on the tin "pitted prunes, may contain stones"??? how mad is this world getting.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 09:51

Stockton sunny although the wind is biting. Both lawns had first cut and trim so they will be feeling it.
Shopping for compost and seed today time to start, better late than lose everything by being too early.


MOB rants

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:24

The plant that put a smile on my face all winter was the Primula Vulgaris or Primrose as we know it, an outdoor border plant that started as one plant given to me years ago and divided every year set along a border I can see from the bedroom when I open the curtains. Even in the coldest weather they were smiling their acid yellow smiles at me and it lifts your spirits no end. As soon as the flowers die down I will sort clean divide and replant them, wonderful and all from a single gift.
My Nursery is a couple of miles up the back lane and from two greenhouses there are now fields of them. They grow all the usual sell quick plants although they do have specialised plants as well.
Along the same lane some of the farms have also started to sell plants, usually the Farmers sons or daughters trying to make a living, several of them are doing well and like Nine Acres they are making progress as Fairygirl says an affluent area.
Saying that I did read it as Effluent thinking I will not visit her then.


MOB rants

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:09

Fairygirl?Daughter, of course I do not shout at the TV that would be daft, there is no thought behind some of those vapid programmes so what is the point. Spell check someone has worked on it thinking we are all idiots, I like to prove them wrong then give myself a cheer, odd? what is odd about that?
When you have sat in a conference for a plant shut down listening to the Graduate Engineers come up with weird and wonderful solutions experience tells you will not work, you do enjoy coming up with the easy solution and watching their faces.


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 11:53

Stockton sunny and bright, still that nip in the air from the easterly wind though.


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