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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 14:35

Was the house called 'Greenways' or 'Green Gables' then Hosta??

Having to chase around like that sounds a bit above and beyond to me. WR employ such lovely conscientious people

Patchy garden thanks to Builders

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 13:04

Hi Peter - welcome to the forum

Builders are really bad at doing this sort of thing.

I think the best thing to start with might be to get yourself a stout metal spike and start bashing it in different spots around the lawn. If you keep hitting bricks and rubble you might be better off stripping off the whole of the turf, then digging out the rubbish (you could hire a mini digger for a weekend and it will do both jobs) before importing some topsoil and returfing. 

If there is just the odd patch of rubble / rubbish you might be able to just work on those spots.

The grass will never grow properly on top of the sort of rubbish you've already found - sorry

Last edited: 07 May 2017 13:06:01

embarrased beginner help!

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:51

It's only the flower heads that are finished Carrie - the rest of the plant looks to be in good condition.

So yes, you can remove all the flower heads per Lily's advice. This will make the plant look much tidier. Advice on looking after mophead hydrangeas (which that looks like - but I'll stand to be corrected) at this link

The flower heads are rather nice as part of a flower arrangement and you can dry them for winter use. Makes an unusual Christmas wreath

Last edited: 07 May 2017 12:52:29

My terrible lawn

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:40

I'm confused too. 

Are you unable to access the garden?

Do you mean there is no entrance to the garden? or perhaps you have some sort of physical impairment which prevents you from getting into or working in the garden?

If it's the former I don't know what you can do about it without making an entrance.

If it's the latter some more information about size, shape, aspect, budget would help us give you some guidance.

i want my widowsills back

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:32
man in a shed says:

ye i'm a man , none taken

See original post

 Absolutely none intended

One year I will -  I definitely, definitely will - remember to tie in the clematis on the back fence before it forms a huge birds' nest - and I will stake the delphiniums before they start to flop - and I will do successional sowings of salad leaves - and I will....

One year I will learn too

Should it stay or should it go?

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:19

Go for it!

When we moved here I felt terribly guilty about removing quite a lot of mature trees which were all either diseased, poorly placed or just 'not right'.

Since then I've replaced most of them with (IMO) better, more suitable, healthier specimens and the garden looks all the better for it.

You've got loads of trees there Lily. I agree that particular tree spoils the view somewhat. I'd take it out and, if you feels guilty about removing an ash (in this age of ash dieback disease), plant a replacement in a more suitable spot. 

embarrased beginner help!

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 12:06

I agree with Pete that you should check first on any paperwork and then with immediate neighbours to try and determine whether or not you are responsible for this bit of ground.

If you can't work it out and everyone is happy for you to look after it I would do the following:

First it all looks a bit dry and there are some weeds in there so I would give it a really good soaking one evening which will make it much easier to weed and turn the soil the next day.

Next I would weed it and tidy / prune any shrubs which need attention. I'm sure if you ask some of your gardening neighbours what to do they will be pleased to give you advice and maybe even help you.

Then water well again and top with a 2" layer of compost. You could then finish it with a top layer of shingle, pebbles or slate chippings which might look quite ornamental and will help with moisture retention and weed suppression.

If you want to add any plants I would put in something low maintenance like Geranium cantabrigiense "Biokovo". This forms nice low growing, ground covering (therefore weed suppressing), spreading, semi-evergreen clumps and has very pretty pale shell-pink flowers in the summer.

Last edited: 07 May 2017 12:10:45

i want my widowsills back

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 11:02

If you really are a man and you're anything like my father-in-law (87 this year) the answer is 'You will probably never learn' 

He's had all his hanging baskets pots etc outside in position for the last 10 days - in Yorkshire - again. 

Many years he has to replace some if not all of them because they get frosted.

Does he learn? - never - not in the 30 years I've known him (Love him to bits though)

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 07/05/2017 at 09:34


If you're going to Ranworth BL be sure to pop into the church - beautiful rood screen

Hope you feel better soon Fairy - gentle hugs - from a distance

Very grey here although I think it's forecast to brighten up - but really chilly in the breeze. Maybe a little pricking out and potting on the potting shed with the radio on this morning

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 21:55

BL - sorry to hear about the car. An experience like that is annoying but it's also very worrying that people like that are still driving on busy, fast roads.

Thetford GC has sacks of play bark - large pine nuggets - purple bags - near the water features - £9.99 a bag - not to be confused with the shredded bark mulch next to it! 

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