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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! 

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 12:18

I love Rosslyn Chapel - wonderful setting, beautiful, intricate medieval stone carvings and (I seem to remember) some quite rude ones too.

There usually are rude ones - the male, schoolboy, bawdy sense of humour hasn't changed at all over hundreds of years. Beliefs, attitudes to women, violence and animals - they've changed (not as much as they should sometimes - but they've changed). But show a bloke a set of buttocks and a joke about farting and they're back with their Saxon / medieval ancestors

Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 06/05/2017 at 09:59


Compost did not get shifted yesterday - went to 2 nurseries and a GC instead Bought heucheras and quite a few hardy geraniums including a couple of Ann Thompson. She is very similar to Ann Folkard (love it - have a few) but is a little more compact and doesn't get quite as straggly. Quite hard to find so was pleased to pick up the last 2 pots at the nursery. Then we had a spot of lunch and OH cooked dinner while I watched last week's Beechgrove. Nice day all round.

Hope you enjoy your walk Fairy.

Congratulations on the job Clari - used to have dealings with WRVS when I was organising social care for older people. Excellent organisation.

Lovely flowers Pat. Don't really like the pink nerines but I could be persuaded to plant the white ones. 

Hope you all enjoy your weekends whatever you're doing - off to shift compost now - SYL.

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