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Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:52

Yes kitty, the very stuff.  

Won't  increass acidity by much tho LB.  Sulphur chips will 

Dahlias Dying

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:50

True LB but they are so elusive.....soon as I approach "ere we go" they say and scarper.    Good eh? Got it from the Beano 

A simple upturned pot stuffed with paper on a short cane will trap earwigs Anna 

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:45

Snowy, re lilies don't jjst think colour think scent...Check out liliul Regale.  Wonderful mid summer scent.

you do need to check soil...PH  if yoh want azaleas and many of the lilies. 

Have to disagree about hydrangeas......I grow one called Limelight and it produces huge white flowerheads all summer...still in flower now..  It will lift your garden.  It is an easy prune type too

Dahlias Dying

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:06

Snail damage there Anna.......i find snails hatch out in large numbers in early autumn.....go out with a torch and look hard.  Small snails are likely so pick 'em off.   This is the mad season for bad as early spring 

Also check under those pots and see if any slugs are lurking there.

porridge?  Porridge for snails?  Its bears that like porridge Anna   porridge will not kill or deter snails.  

You either pick off slugs and snails at night or put down a few pellets.  Nematodes will not work on snails.  Third option is to put copper tape around the rim of your pots.  This is very effective for anything climbing the pots but does nothing for anything in the soil/compost 

Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:41

Kitty, go online and type in sulphur chips.  

Meanwhile a spray now and then of epsom salts helps ericaceous plants......a tonic and source of magnesium.   I would do this asap and then again in early spring and early summer

Your "killer spot". .......clearly not the compost but the situation.  Cold draught?  Or does a cat visit ? 

Lawn and Crane fly eggs

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:35


yes, I treat mine every year.......done 4 weeks back.  Very effective

sounds very much like leatherjackets so apply nematodes asap

take care to keep lawn moist for a week or so sfter applocation.

oh!  You will need a coarse rose for your watering cane....often from nematode supplier 

Lawn care

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:41

As I said before, there is no mystery about lawn products.

the ingredients to feed the grass, kill weeds and moss are standard ones so look for the cheapest......and boy do the prices vary. 

my lawn feed over recent years was from Lidl at a fraction of the price of the well known .......but no different...brands.  i also buy it from pound shops.....same product.  As a matter of information the discount shops sell a whole range of garden products at very reduced prices.....pelleted chcken manure for example at less than half the cost;   a month back it cost me a couple of pounds including a free box. 

an awful waste of money paying professional companies to do what is pretty simple and straightforward.  

If you are unable physically to do the work yourself I am sure friends, neighbours or even local gardeners would fill in for you.  Basically, twice a year for a pretty good lawn 

Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:27

Kitty, sulphur chips is the way to go.  

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 11:10

Snowy, does it drain well there?  

You need to be careful of creating a row of evergreens....a hedge really....that are similar in shape and even colour

 clearly you like your fuschia so that must go in...not an evergreen of course.  You also want hydrangea......if the soil is reasonably moist that will be fine.  If not it will struggle and look awful.

Your miniature conifer would look good in a container but will be swamped in your new border.  In a rock garden or scree it is fine but awful amongst perennials.

 Have you done a PH soil test?  cheap and available in GC's and will tell you if you have an acid or alkaline soil.  Very,  very important.   

A camellia would look good there if your soil is not too allaline.  Flowers from late winter to spring.

if soil drains well consider lavender.  No garden should be without a lavendar or two....visually stunning and wonderful smell.   Scent from something though....daphne, sarcoccoca ( a small evergreen that packs a mighty punch in early spring) or witch hazel..??

Not too happy about googling everything....better to see what grows well locally.  You can google when you want more info on something you know you like.  Have a friend who googles everything and has to have them all despite not really knowing what they are. 

The reason for annuals now is to fill the gaps whilst permanent stuff is small.  Yes, you can prune shrubs but you need to be aware of the sizes they want to be.  Most look awful when constantly cut back to fill spaces.  You can get dwarf varieties of shrubs and perennials now almost identical to the bug guys but just smaller for modern gardens

 take your time.  See how plants might look together colour wise, shape and size 


Posted: 21/09/2016 at 08:16

Impressive  Chris 

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