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Bishop of Llandaff (dahlia)

Posted: Yesterday at 11:07

I've not grown dahlias yet but a friend grows this variety. She grows them in largish black flower pots and uses them to fill spaces in the summer border (e.g. areas where spring bulbs have been). The black pots are virtually invisible and moving them in autumn is very easy.

Freaky Veg

Posted: Yesterday at 11:01

I've had a lot of strawberries with several little bums  (no photos - sorry)

Doomed I tell you.......

Posted: Yesterday at 10:58

I've just swapped my 4 tog summer duvet for the autumn one - OH and I have both been struggling with heavy colds for the last week - and the heating has clicked on twice since Saturday. Seriously thought about lighting the fire Sunday evening - north facing sitting room is cool at the best of times - it was cold on Sunday.

I have been really, really pleased with all the rain we've had, but we could do with some warmer temps now. Courgettes and tommies have romped away in the last month but I think this weather will really check them.

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: Yesterday at 10:50

Great pictures girls - looks like a good day. Would love to have met Fidget and Twiglet and the rest of you looked to be in good form! Did Little Panda get a selfie stick for Christmas then?..... 

Sorry I couldn't join you but am now inspired to go over the next few weeks. My garden always starts to look a bit flat about now between the flush early summer and the sultriness of late summer / early autumn - but it looks as though there are some brilliant high summer planting combinations there.

Did I say 'high summer' - heating has clicked on twice this week, OH and I have both been struggling with heavy colds and I've just swapped the summer duvet for the autumn one.... 

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: Yesterday at 09:12

Looking at the photo again AJP - is there a boundary fence in place now between you and the building site next door.

I wouldn't put any turf or seed down until I was sure no builders / scaffolders / painters etc could walk over my hard work. An up to date photo would be helpful - it does look like quite a slope up to the path and I don't understand why the builder has put gravel there.

Personally, I would consider terracing that little bit after investigating what's under the gravel. You could then have a small infill of planting in that corner and lay the rest of the garden to (level) lawn.

Dave 2356 - you did a good mini makeover there!

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: Yesterday at 08:24
.... and you would just be paying them to do the sort of unskilled, manual labour that any reasonably fit adult can undertake. You would not be using their professional expertise.
Not a nice job to do but it won't take that long on a small patch. Divide it into small sections and do a bit each day.

You might need a skip though - looks like there might be a lot of rubbish to come out...

The Arctic

Posted: Yesterday at 08:15
Stunningly beautiful - and how wonderful to see polar bears in their natural environment. Thank you for sharing - truly a trip of a lifetime.

Rotovate new build garden

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 18:58

Hi & welcome to the forum AJP

You have a few weeks before you put down your new lawn so may I suggest you use that time to dig over your garden - at least twice.

It is worth emphasising (as others have already said) that you will probably find all sorts of stuff under that topsoil. If you spend time digging now you can remove any lumps of concrete, wood, broken bricks etc etc. You can also see if you need to dig in any extra organic matter and work on getting the soil level and raked into a nice, fertile tilth - all this will help grass seed or turf romp away. You can also use the time to monitor whether there are any areas with potential drainage problems (ie does water puddle anywhere & take ages to drain away). 

If you don't prepare the ground properly now you will forever have little uneven bits underfoot where stones and bricks work their way towards the surface. They may even start to snag and damage your lawn mower. The lawn will be patchy with discoloured or 'thin' areas where the grass gets uneven moisture & nutrients due to the stuff under the soil. 

As Gary said you can use excavated stones and bricks as hard core under future paving etc. Once it's dug and raked you can come back to us and we'll remind you about raking and treading to compact the soil (so you don't get air pockets) and general last minute preparation before you go green.

So first purchases on my shopping list would be a decent garden fork and a general purpose garden rake. I would also start looking at lawn sprinklers in case we have a dry autumn and you need to buy one in a hurry - quicker to buy if you've already worked which one best meets your needs.

Good luck 

The Arctic

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 12:45

Welcome home Pdoc - very interesting pictures. Weather looks very benign - what sort of temperatures did you have? Was it windy? Somehow I always think of the Antarctic as windy and the Arctic as not - too much watching John Mills as Captain Scott probably.

And, of course, - did you get to see a polar bear??

SGL and RB - can't take you two anywhere - just as well Panda is having a day out or she'd be joining in too... 

Visit to Bressingham Gardens

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 08:47

Have a great time - look forward to seeing the pictures 

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