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Latest posts by quercus_rubur

Daffodils and tulips

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 09:03

Me too. Some are still green so I'll leave those until they turn.

The other thing to bear in mind is that when they turn from green to brown not only depends on variety but also where you are in the country. As a keen watcher of Beechgrove as well as GW I notice how often Beechgrove (Scotland) are some weeks behind GW (usually Monty or Carol's garden "down south")

herbal lawns

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:56

Thanks Fairy I'll bear that in mind. Shame about having to keep the word clean though

What to do!

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:52

If it has blue flowers and is a bit prickly it's likely to be Borage. Cutting off the buds "should" eventually kill it as it's generally grown as a sefl-seeding annual.

Comfrey, makes a great fertilizer. If you cut down the leaves, chop them up, put them in a container (bucket etc.), cover with water, put a couple of bricks on top and leave to ferment - not the best of aromas so be warned

With management they can both be good plants to keep.

Mint - hmmm .. just keep digging it out 

How to attract butterflies

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:37

They were around a few weeks ago, but I haven't had many recently. My top attractors are Sedum spectabile royal Purple and Verbena bonariensis, though I've recently let Garlic Mustard grow under my hedge and found this one the other week. I think it's a Grizzled Skipper.

Incidentally, the Geranium Johnson's Blue was a real Beestro yesterday. I counted 12 Bees at one time on the one plant.


herbal lawns

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:29

Speaking of adverts, I wrote a detailed reply to a question yesterday with photos. Went to click on submit, the Bl***y Stihl advert popped up and deleted my reply! I realise GW have to sell advertising but it shouldn't interfere with what this Forum is for. It's there again now!

herbal lawns

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:25

Thanks Nut. I saw those kitchen adverts. How do you "bump" them?

Sara, good luck with the project, don't forget to post photos

Open Gardens, Sunday 23rd June 11- 5pm entry £5

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 08:16

Not enough notice for me Torty, otherwise it would have been a nice drive up. Good luck, if the weather clears up like yesterday it will be fab!

herbal lawns

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 09:01

Here we go!


herbal lawns

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 08:57

I think Dove has fallen over or dropped her laptop . Anyway I'm glad you've started this thread. I've been toying with taking up my flagged patio for some time and was impressed by the no grass lawn that made the news. I'm a passionate gardener but mowing the lawn is akin to ironing in my book. Too many projects this year, but top of my ToDo list next year. Thyme and chamomile will be a start, but will watch your suggestions with interest. 

Putting softdrinks on the garden

Posted: 22/06/2013 at 08:18

Wine and beer I can understand as they're brewed from plants. I pour beer dregs on my compost - there's never any wine left  .

Regards fizzy drinks and gastro, it provides sugar and of course the fluid. One of my GPs used to say fruit juice, though personally I'd stick to water until it's over, then revert to wine

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