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fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:01

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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:55

Ooo, I'm the only one to have done any gardening since yesterday! 

Cut lawns, went for a swim, picked pears and mixed them with Cornish dairy ice cream, picked beans and toms.  Deadheaded heleniums and a few dahlias 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:41

Just in from mowing the lawns.........the scent of perennial heliotrope is AWESOME, 

  nothing, nothing better.

i love the smell of new mown grass...the heliotrope overpowered it;  I mowed under an arch of honeysuckle but still the heliotrope outperformed it.  The summer Jasmine?  Could not compete.

pots of heliotrope ...not the inferior annual marine.....and planted out in different points of the garden are magical esp on a beautiful day like today.

my cuttings are already under way for even more plants next summer 

New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:32

Ha ha, raisingirl, that's fine.  Might be bloomin fantastic 


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:23

Just as I thought Sarah....

glad to have made you smile.  That's what life's about 

Help! First timer needs help making a Meadow into a Lawn :)

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 17:20

Good thinking Dave...forgot that 


Posted: 31/08/2016 at 15:23


is your garden sunny?  You say the aoil is wet....not what osteos like.  In winter they will prob die in the ground.  

so....leave in pots and in the sunniest part of the garden.  Can you protect them during the winter?

Osteos grow like weeds here too. 

Last edited: 31 August 2016 15:24:32

Help! First timer needs help making a Meadow into a Lawn :)

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 15:17

Few posts crossed there but it looks as if we are in agreement

Bowling green Thornfingers?  You can have that ar some stage later if you want to but a bowling green is high maintenance, wears out quickly and not fit to play on.  You can have a high grade lawn with regular grass seed, regular mowing, a spring feed and weed and a summer feed 

Help! First timer needs help making a Meadow into a Lawn :)

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 15:11

Hello Thornfingers


first what HUGE potential a trampoline 

you really dont need to get people in and spend silly money

get a decent lawn mower, shears and secateurs.

set the mower blades high and in conjunction maybe witb shears cut the grass.  Rake it off.  Then assess what you have.  You may well have the makings of a good lawn there.  Mowing is the single best thing you can do for a controls many of the weeds and allows grass to grow.  

After a few days the  grass will be brown;  not dead at all though.  Is the area reasomably level?

no to plastic; no to weedkilling everything.

you can spend the winter, when you have time, considering what to do.  You may decide to re shaoe it to create some borders, etc., a picture when your grass is cut.  If the area is bumpy and uneven you may want to turn it over or fill in some hollows etc.  If it is fairly even I would apply a feed and weed in early spring.  Any bare patches can be re seeded.  Then regular mowing, at least once a week.

if you still decide to turf it at least consider seeding it yourself.  Turf is expensive but seed produces a better lawn and just as quickly.  However, you may not need to do either 

have fun with your daughter on the lawn...and on the trampoline 

Erica Arborea (Estrella Gold)

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 14:20

Yes,,I have grown it.  Lovely thing but it must have an ACID soil.  

Here my soil is neutral and it struggled.  i once grew it ....Alberts Gold, v similar, in a raised bed, acid soil, and it gave height to the  surrounding summer heathers

so, free draining, acid soil Bob 

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