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Care for a new lawn in winter

Posted: Yesterday at 17:44

I agree with Verd - it's a bit late for an autumn weed & feed now, and not generally needed anyway if the lawn is well looked after.

Sounds like you have looked after your new lawn very well since it was laid, time to give it a rest and have one yourself.

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 21:14

Yeah! - you should see the horse ! 

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 20:29

G/house was delivered yesterday and being installed on monday.
Will hopefully post a pic on tuesday.

I've been leveling the 20 ton of topsoil to get it all fairly even and have spread 3000 litres horse doings over the raised beds. Once the g/h is in then the main picture will be complete and I'll get a better idea of what to plant in which areas and I'll be here endlessly asking about how to care for soft fruit and plant up and around my wildlife pond and what to plant in the raised veg beds.
I'm just sooo thankful the weather has been so good for so long. I'd never have got it done if we had the usual October storms

Ooops - that's probably gone and done it..

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:30

Wow! you don't hang about do you!  :)

I've just had a weeding session and came across the label of the last one above - it's Yaquin Blue.
I also found lots of baby aquilegias amongst almost everything. 
The divided iris look as if they're doing OK, so hoping for a good display next year and like you I'll plant some iris-friendly plants around them.

I'm not an iris expert I'm afraid aym. I know with bearded iris best time to divide them is about 6 weeks after flowering. I guess they're almost dormant now so I would think it's ok...

Last edited: 21 October 2016 18:31:58

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:09

Hi aym

I didn't take any pics this year, I think there are from 2014 or 2015
Having split them, I've now got 15-20 of each! - I'll need a bigger garden (it's 150ft long btw)

White City - better in real-life, it has just a hint of lavender with the white

Dusky Challenger - huge lustrous blooms that smell of chocolate!

Not one I ordered, but it came with the ones below - don't know the name, but it's lovely and scented.

Forgotten the name of this one too - Azure somethingortheother

What to do in front and behind irises please?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 11:46

Hi aym, I've been growing bearded iris for a few years.
A point to note is that the rhizome MUST get baked in the summer sun. So ideally they want to face south with nothing shading them, and the rhizome should be on the top of the soil.
I'm in a similar situation to you, having divided mine I've got some big areas with just iris, and lovely as they are when in flower I'd like to be able to plant something amongst them to continue the season with flowers.

Hope we get some suggestions..


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 09:07

I picked the last of my toms yesterday and made more pasta sauce.

Back to shop bought for the next 9months :(

Compost bin

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 08:36

I get exactly the same. The lid of the bin is often heavy with worms, and birds queuing up for a feast. As far as I know it's perfectly natural. The worms are doing their stuff, and I get great compost.
I sometimes wonder if they accumulate under the lid for breeding?? I've no idea

Where can I find a leaf shredder

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 08:33

I'm sure he'll respond Renata, I've found him very helpful

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 17:23

An interesting question that I couldn't help but google.

I came across this Wiki article, which surprised me

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