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Bargain shrubs

Posted: Today at 21:43
The Country Gardens chain currently have most of their shrubs at half price! I think their website also has some good bargains,

Who is this please?

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 17:02

I think it is a wasp beetle!


Forum names

Posted: 30/07/2014 at 13:03

My name here is the name of my gardening business! When I started out as a gardener,  I also used to paint teracotta pots and glass vases with pansies and sell them at school fairs etc in the winter months, and the name seemed to fit both aspects of my business!  I don't really have much time for the arty side, though I do a bit of botanical illustration when I have time, just as a hobby. 

Watering dried-out pots

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 22:24

Good tip! I shall be squirrelling that one away! 


Removing stubborn ornamental grass

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 18:13

i agree, if you can zap it with weed killer, and let it die off,  it will make your job easier. alternatively, if you want it gone sooner, then water the site well first, dig away at the surrounding soil with a spade,  and lever it out bit by bit. The roots are not terribly deep, nor are they taproots, and will not grow back once you have the main lump out, though you will probably be plagued with seedlings for a while afterwards! I have dug a few out in my time, and the sense of satisfaction when it finally gives up is overwhelming! 


Posted: 27/07/2014 at 08:34

I tried out one of those expandable hoses the other day at a client's garden, I must say they are really good! Very lightweight and don't kink at all, and when they are not in use they shrink down to a very small size.

Laurel hedging

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 22:19
I think you will find there is no difference - they are both prunus laurocerasus, which can be known both as Common or Cherry laurel.

Talkback: Make your garden bee-friendly in summer

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:11
I love watching them struggle to push their way into the snap dragons. They always buzz indignantly as they try and squeeze back out!

What is this please

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 21:29
It's a liverwort, harmless in itself, but indicative of damp possibly compacted soil or poor drainage.

The RHS says this about them:-

Why does my garden look raggedy?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:13
I would certainly recommend forking the soil when you mulch, push the tines deep in and wiggle it about a bit, then your soil will lose some of its compaction. A lot of the garden centres have started putting their plants on sale, so spend some money on things like cosmos or pelargoniums to fill in the gaps. If you repeat groups of the same plant in all the empty spots, it will just stitch it all together and enhance what is already there.
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