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Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 17:09

Sounds like you're ok Frank. 

Mum was much better today.  She greeted me as though she hadn't seen me in ages....saw her last evening. Feel less worried about her now.  Shared some crocs with residents .......choc liqueurs.  My dog went too but no food for him there so disappointed.  He did make his way to the kitchens though.  Likes his food....that's my boy 

difficult times Lyn.  Go with the good times.....its a roller coaster of emotions isn't it? 

Fragrant tree

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 16:57

A mixture of Philadelphus...June scent.....choisya for spring and early summer, daphne and sarcoccoca for late winter.....get a witch hazel in there too and honeysuckles and jasmine for late summer.  

No, disguise that "lovely country" smell.  Just cos we are used to it or that it reminds us of former times some of the smells of the country are not nice.

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:41

Prob silver leaf?  I had a superb Victoria plum trained on a wall.  However, a truly bumper crop and a failure to properly support a heavily laden branch meant one side became infected when it split.  No amount of remedial work could save it.  The following year it quickly succumbed.  

Preparing for new lawn in Spring

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 12:37

I'm with Edd.....mostly...on this

firming with boots....hard work but walk on your heels. You will look silly doing the penguin walk...but who cares?   Rake, walk, rake, walk as many times as you can.  However then  with top soil I would do same, viz., rake and walk.  I use a lute,  home made, to help ensure even surface.  I rake and walk alternately at right angles to previously.  the final few rakings are highly satisfying for me....aiming for the perfect filth and surface.  Lovely.  Winter is the perfect time for lawn prep.  

Seed is best ...not just for cost but also for quality.  You can more easily choose the mixture to suit your needs.  And seed germinates very quickly in spring.  

I would also apply a granular fertiliser.....I always use organic but for lawns I think Gromore is fine;  organic like fish blood and bone seem to attract vermine, etc.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 09:00

My mum was poorly at the care home last evening.  My feeling is that she hasn't got much left And the realisation of that was/is startling.  The carers put her to bed and we sat with her for a while but she really wanted to sleep.  Will ring this morning.  

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:56

Don't chick those phormiums Fairy.  they are rejuvenated by regular division.  So many phormiums are left to grow huge and thus look awful.  Mine are divided every 2 or 3 years and this keeps their intense colour.


Posted: 25/11/2014 at 08:52

Morning folks

a second morning of frost. cold. Bright. 

have good day everybody 

Plant support

Posted: 25/11/2014 at 00:01

Any news of Clueless....James?  Enjoyed his contributions. ,hope he is ok 

What are you getting rid of...?

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:59

Mike, I have moved peonies for them to flower the following year.  The secret is to plant them shallowly I think, for the sun to bake the roots.  

Getting rid of?  Lily of the valley, an old cornus  elegantissima that occupied space but never looked as happy as another I have elsewhere, (a group,of echinaceas, calamagrostis and geums will replace), and a tired yellow juniper that never really lived up to its billing (again perennials and grasses here).  A large convolvulous cneorum too, although quite lovely esp in spring and summer, is beginning to show its age despite pruning efforts to re-invigorate it, will probably fall victim to a sudden whim over this winter.   Oh!  And a dwarf pine too is beginning to disenchant me.  Pinus Winter Gold though tempts me instead 

hot composting

Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:39

You are making me re examine my own composting methods David.  I think I've gotten a bit lazy....good compost takes some effort clearly. 

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