Latest posts by Perki

Moss in lawn and aeration..

Posted: 03/10/2017 at 19:25

Scarifying the lawn is a common job here, even if you don't have moss you will have thatch so scarifying will help anyway. I will be doing my own lawn soon, then forked and top dressing, I review the lawn in spring and normally do it all again, I also verticut the lawn once or twice during the growing season just to keep on top of the thatch / moss and to simulate growth. 

You do have a good amount of top soil for the water to drain away. How soggy is the lawn after rainfall? If so what Dave recommended hollowed tinged / forked would be the way forward with a top dressing of sharp sand

Lawns around here are getting worse for moss due to the wetter and wetter summers we are having. 

I find lumps of concrete / stone and clay under my lawn  

When is too late for hedge pruning?

Posted: 02/10/2017 at 22:42

I wouldn't worry to much. I've pruned hedges November through to March no problem, obviously avoid hard frost forecasts. I avoid anything slightly tender here like Bay - pittosporum til spring.

Privets are ideally done late May / June and again late August / September.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:56

One more plant can't hurt punkdoc, especially if they don't know  

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 13:28

Well done argyranthemum winning first prize 

Very nice pics chicky anemone are a most for this time of year.

Lovely border punkdoc with the trees in the background. I am looking at getting Colocasia Black coral next year

Last edited: 01 October 2017 13:29:29

Buying bulbs

Posted: 21/09/2017 at 11:45

I use B&M for common bulbs like dwarf daffs - purple sensation. Lidl have very good bulbs normally better / cheaper than bulbs from the local garden centre but lack variety's. Anything specific I normally check the local GC , online retailers I use Peter Nyssen - Anglia bulbs.

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 21:09


Eupatorium covered in Butterfly's and beee's again  Rudbeckia GS grown a bit mad this year just over 4ft tall.

Grape Black Hamburg

Ensete - dahlia B llandaff

Dahlia City of Alkmar but slow to flower with Canna Durban

Dahlia David Howard - Canna Australia somewhere, it got lovely dark chocolate foliage.

Mary Rose - White Admiral phlox

Actea James Crompton - phlox franz schubert etc

Dahlia Thomas Edison

Harrogate flower show 9/17

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 20:52

Was thinking about going, wish I did now .  Always next year though 

Holes in my lawn

Posted: 19/09/2017 at 17:57

Sounds like you have leather jacks in the lawn, the magpies are probably trying to eat them.

You can buy nematodes for leather jacks.

Last edited: 19 September 2017 17:58:26

Garden Gallery 2017

Posted: 18/09/2017 at 13:47

Very nice pictures  I like the nosy neighbours. 

I've just bought Anemone Wild Swan, what sort of conditions have you grown yours int raisingirl ? Does it flower for most of the year like it says on the label ? I find quite a lot of plats which are meant to flower throughout the year actually don't like Geum T Tangerine - Salvia Caradonna etc. 

Favourite alliums?

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 23:19

I love Alliums one of my favourite's, I like your web page as well  . I have quite a lots of purple sensation - mount everest - Gladiator all very reliable.  Christophii -  Sphaerocephalon also very good. I've grown some of the smaller one's which I haven't been impressed with . Caeruleum is a nice blue but it hasn't returned this year I might of dug it out 

I've grown a few different variety's this year Globemaster - Giganteum - White Giant - Round and Purple - Nectaroscordum  - Nigrum. I was a little bit disappointed in the White Giant - Giganteum with the size of the flowers and height hoping for better next year, also disappointed in nigrum with the shape of the flower I like them round not like a ufo shape.

Round and purple was excellent quite long flowering, large flower heads. 

MY favourite at the moment is Globemaster  it a beauty, huge flower heads, a real head turner. I am going to get some more, I've gots some pictures if you want me to put some on.

LIdl are selling Allium bulbs tomorrow, giant ones like giganteum - gladitor and mount everest. I got all my gladiator and mount everest from Lidl in the past, excellent value and bulbs. 

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