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grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:33

thanks Dave, honestly I nearly broke my back digging it up last time! It's all probably as I just don't have the time to look after the lawn properly, I am seriously thinking of artificial grass but it feels so wrong! Fuchsia is hardy I can't be bothered with anything tender and we only have tiny pop up gh,one other thing you knowledgable chaps can maybe tell me... where have all the birds gone?! I dutifully keep all my feeders filled and cleaned, and we haven't had a bird in the garden since spring! Actually. today I saw a robin on the kids swing, I wonder if there are too many cats? though there always have been and I've put the feeders just a branch higher..very strange, we had 12 different species last winter/spring, very strange year

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 20:13

thankyou both, yes Verdun, guilty of not cutting grass enough, waterlogging definitely hasn't been a problem cince i forked most over and added grit..I'll check fuchsia tomorrow, think it's Annabelle? pale pink/white anyway, only had 1 flower that fell straight off!Thankfull I'd done the right thing with the peonies, haven't got a greatly sunny spot for them but they'll go back into a similar area of part shade and they've done ok, they were just too near front of border, having a big swap round, my poor husband nearly crippled himself trying to dig up a huge clump of hardy geranium that was very well establoished on our very hard clay..there's still  lots left in i want to try to get out before I can plant, surprisingly enough... another rose!!

grass, peonies and fuchsia

Posted: 05/10/2016 at 09:35

Hello all, haven't been here for ages, been out adventuring all summer, hurrah! I have 3 things I'd appreciate advice on; peonies, I have 2 large clumps, one moved and temporarily in pot, one yet to be dug up, I know they need to be planted not too deep, but should I cover the new shoots that were uinderground?Secondly, one of my 2 new fuchsias in large hanging baskets is either dead or dying, it shrivelled ages ago, and any flowers that formed dropped off, I removed damaged leaves , trimmed back, kept watered and sprayed with seaweed, the other in another basket the same, only a few feet away is fine, what happenedto it? I couldn't see any obviuos culprit. Thirdly, the bane of my life... the lawn, I did add lots of drainage as advised here, and it is much less waterlogged, however seed won't seem to germinate on it, despite raking, aerating, watering, keeping off... I did it insummer before we went away with patch magic (rubbish, it was still lying there a week later despite plenty of rain and a good soak to start) I reseeded again 10 days ago and the same has happened, the garden is east facing, it's been 62 degrees most days so it's  warm enough and there's been a fair bit of rain. Any suggestions what may grow ? Just while kids are little I feel we need grass, when they get bigger the borders will get much bigger and there'll just be a couple of paths but for now I am SO fed up of bare earth for a surface, will anything else do instead of grass? Thanks for reading I hope someone can help!

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:37

why do you all live near nice gardens?! sheffield is a bit rubbish! OK so Chatsworth isn't far, or Hardwick but it's a bit limited! we're not even going to my (real/spiritual) home, Cornwall this year,got mid Wales for a week ( can't find any gardens nearich or way there/back) and north Norfolk, any suggestions where to visit there would be good, next year back to Cornwall ... or Devon ( then one day I'll just announce to my family that we're staying!)

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:28

I have 4 whole stems in a vase today!the smell is so heavenly think it's worth the depression of having more than half eaten by the damn snails and slugs

Which cosmos is this if it is?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:27

i have one from a mixed (dwarf) packet that is burgandy, anooyiong really as I only wanted white and paler pink and that's what the pack showed, everyone says they're easy but I haven't done well this year, slugs and snails eaten 75% of what I started with

Mysterious plant...

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:24

can I have just one  tick & a v good please? I knew the plant but didn't knpow about the moths

Forkers Helmingham Hall garden visit

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:14

wow where is this? have delphinium envy

blackfly? ants?

Posted: 07/07/2016 at 20:12

ah. said blackcurrant been decapitated with a football... it's young and only has 3 berries so I'll take that advice next year! also mum's been round today and evrything's covered in ant powder...hope it didn't get too near my tomatoes!

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 06/07/2016 at 21:05

fidget we go to chatsworth mostly every fortnight!remember being v impressed by their sp's in kitchen garden

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