philippa smith2

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Posted: 10/09/2016 at 15:33

Bulkerb........the original request was for help with a domestic lawn not a Croquet lawn or bowling green.

 That is a whole different ball game if you will forgive the pun

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 18:31

Never thought of tulbaghia - I've got another group of Imperata so I'll have a look at that combination - ta for the idea

Mmm - I may just have a place for the H all gold then. Don't know the Astilbe shogun - need to look that up but the Lobelia black truffle sounds like an excellent companion.  Food for thought.


Posted: 09/09/2016 at 18:08

I may be missing something here but if you use a chemical which deters something from crapping, what happens ?  Does it eat under the lawn and then nip off somewhere else to crap?  Sounds a bit odd to me.

It's not so much Get a Life as Live it

Those who don't have grasses!

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:26

The hakon All Gold - where are you going to site that Verdun ?  Is it a damp or dry lover ? Preferring some shade ?  It's a stunner.

My E mags have done well interplanted with the Imperata but would have been even better if not for the very dry conditions this year.

Spider question

Posted: 09/09/2016 at 17:14

I know it is a bit mean but when they first hatch, they cluster tightly together - just a very light touch on the web and they disperse quick as a flash.  Once you get bored with doing this, they will return to their cluster ( probably rolling their eyes at the idiocy of humans ) until they are ready to go their own way.

Spiders are such fascinating creatures

Why do my Japanese Anemone's look like this?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 17:54

OOps......I need some new specs I think

I have 2 J anemones - a basic pink job from my neighbour and a Honore Jobert.  

Both are planted under trees and have had very little water.  Leaves are just about there but neither have flowered this year. A very dry season.  Still alive - flowered last year but nothing this year.

Am planning on topping a huge Twisted willow in December - 30 foot I think with a canopy roughly the same so my underplanting should get a move on next year with any luck. 

sowing seed for next year

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 17:37

Preventing your cat from straying from your own garden is actually quite easy.  You train it in exactly the same way as you would train a dog or a child.  Take the cat for a walk on a lead - it gets sufficient exercise that way without causing trouble for others. Cats are domestic pets not wild animals and should be treated accordingly.

That's by the by tho and has been said previously on Cat threads.

As you have a new GH Sue, make use of it at this time of year. You can sow your seeds and pot on once germinated and growing well.  They will do better that way as opposed to sowing direct given that you may be having to scoop up cat faeces ( and therefore your seeds/seedlings). You will have stronger plants to put in the garden next Spring with the benefit of knowing exactly what plant you are putting where for the best effect.  You need to label them tho - even the best gardener looks out and thinks " What the heck is that one ?" or "How did that get there ?" 

Hope you enjoy your new garden and GHouse

too hot?

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 16:31

Colour schemes work really well until the plants flower - or that's my experience anyway.  There is always some little beggar to ruin it

sowing seed for next year

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 16:13

Sowing seeds in a cold frame will enable you to keep them protected. For ideas on keeping cats out of your garden, there are several threads on the forum - just type Cats in the search facility.  There is rarely a solution which actually works permanently but at least you may get a few tips to lessen the problem.

Ground Cover Evergreens

Posted: 08/09/2016 at 15:53

Ajuga reptans purp. is low growing ground cover - blue flower spikes in Spring/early summer with dark purple foliage.  Vinca minor is also an evergreen ground cover.  Plain green foliage with light blue or purple flowers or variegated (green/yellow) foliage with slightly darker blue flowers.  There is also a form of Dianthus which is matt forming - produces tiny pink or white flowers from late Spring to early summer.

Try looking up evergreen ground cover plants and see if there are more which fit your site/conditions there are new plants coming on the market all the time

Discussions started by philippa smith2


What constitutes a Hedge which is limited to 2 mts in height. ?  
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Twisted willow

Shallow or deep rooted ? Disruptive on a boundary ?  
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Trying to kill Raspberry forest 
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The "Ignore member" option 
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Last Post: 29/08/2016 at 15:18

Myths and Legends

What do we believe ? 
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Last Post: 15/08/2016 at 18:10

Humming Bird Hawk Moth

First sighting of 2016 
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Last Post: 22/06/2016 at 19:40

Passiflora edulis

Anyone successfully growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Trying to find what animal is visiting my garden

What camera set up ? 
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Last Post: 29/05/2016 at 18:55

Growing a Chicken

Just trying it out 
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Last Post: 12/05/2016 at 18:40

Best present this year !!

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Last Post: 08/05/2016 at 22:06

Slow worms

1st Slow Worm of 2016 ? 
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Last Post: 19/04/2016 at 15:35

Edgeworthia chrysantha ( paperbush )

Anyone growing this ? 
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Last Post: 14/03/2016 at 19:23

Maggie Thatcher's handbags !!

Up for grabs if you are rich enough. 
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Last Post: 28/02/2016 at 09:14

Free tickets to London Zoo/Whipsnade Park

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Kniphofia Tawny King

Anyone growing this one ? 
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