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philippa smith2

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Grass I.D. and care clues please

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 20:00

Miscanthus (zebrinus or used to be I think ).  In your area it will go for some time but come winter, cut it back to get the new growth in Spring It will last for ever.

West Acre

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:50 too...........just have to be satisfied with the pics tho....big sigh

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:36


The Manzanita or Wishing Tree

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 19:30 you know which Manzanita you are after ?  Arctosaphylus manzanita  perhaps ?  Evergreen shrub .....2 mt in height and spread, peeling bark and pink flowers and frost hardy ( tho to what degree I don't know ).  There are several different ones.

I'd think it unlikely that you will find it sold as growing specimen as such in this country.

Your best bet would be to look for seeds from someone supplying the more "exotic" stuff.

All I really know is that the wood is incredibly hard and is often used for making perches/branches for Avicculture ( parrots in particular ).

Hope you manage to find something


Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:45

Janey.....if you have the facilities to overwinter them safely , they will need potting on just as you would do with any other tender plant.  If you can keep them going, you will be well prepared for next season. 

Otherwise, I fear you are far too late if you were hoping for fruit this year

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 18:23

 Bekkie.......Ooh - maybe I  can have a new career as a Masseuse then

In reality, not so much tough as stupid I think...........didn't know any H&S in those go with the times I guess

Lawn damage

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:53

Of course you can Fairygirl........and with extra cream too as you answered my query in the most part

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:39

Bekkie.....if you were keen enough to take your tools on the bus that's initiative and enthusiasm  in my book  I remember doing a short stint at some godforsaken tree nursery above Macclesfield in the early 70's.......freezing winter, no cover, squat behind bushes for a P.....don't think they'd get away with it nowadays.  Maybe that's why I didn't choose gardening as a profession

As for the rest of it, don't forget that some of us are twice your age so by the time you hit that magical 27 (plus, plus etc ), you'll knock spots off us

Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:09

Bekkie.......come on now........I don't believe for an instant that you were know your way around a garden without any doubt

Lawn damage

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 16:04 sounded pretty definite so no doubt you are right about the grass not growing back (which is why I was careful to put "I think"  ).

  I'm curious tho as to why it wouldn't..........would not the surrounding grass eventually grow over the bare patch ?  Or do you simply mean that it would not regenerate quickly enough for the lawn to look good ?  My "lawn" is far from perfect and there are Rooks and Blackbirds poking about in it but I don't have bald patches.  That could easily be down to the fact that altho I do have lots of grass in it, I also have clover, buttercups, dandelions but it always looks green.  However, as the grass does quickly colonise the borders if not edged regularly, I'd assumed it would act  in a similar manner within the lawn.   I can see if you had so many small holes you may well need to fill those in to allow regeneration. I also appreciate that many people work hard to obtain the perfect lawn and take great pride in it. 

I fear I am probably missing the point but are you advocating the use of Nematodes solely from an aesthetic viewpoint or do the leatherjackets and those who feed on them permanently damage a lawn? 

Not wanting to be argumentative ( fat Éclair offered  ) but just wondering ?


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