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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 19:13

Staked peas, fed plants...between showers and sunshine. One moment it is fine, next it is raining....hmmm! lll

sunpatiens...busy lizzies...have been flowering outside over winter and I have cut back the thick stems....2 weeks later new shoots are showing.  Fully expected to lose them but an inkling made me hope.  Perennial busy Lizzies! 


Prairie planting scheme

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 19:05

Hillcrest, the real problem is rabbits.  obviously.

rabbits will eat every grass you plant...pampas prob being the exception.  You will need to erect a rabbit barrier this possible?

a prarie planting sounds perfect for that sloping site.  A mixture of grasses,,heleniums, persicarias, etc. would be lovely.  

It's the rabbits tho! 

Very Weedy Flower Bed

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 16:48

Daniel If there aren't any perennial weeds you can trench in the surface weeds, upside down.    Glyphosate is the best weedkiller to use...remember to use when dry for 6 hours or so and there is plenty of fresh new foliage to spray.

after planting apply a thick mulch....the best weed suppressant you can have.  

Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 16:43

A thin layer of soil every now and then.....annual weeds with soil.....newspaper (I think the ink is safe these days), ex plants,  most everything organic but make sure everything is as chopped up as possible and as mixed as well as possible. Turned regularly too and occasional light fish blood and bone 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:49

Exactly what I think, Dove.  Just too mild.  Sounds daft but I think they have prob made more root growth instead.  I have a dozen in full flower but as many without 

my usual feed/mulch applied again today.....compost, dried manure and fish blood and bone.  Mushroom compost if I had some 

What the hellebores is going on?

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:35

i grow several (lenten rose)!hellebores ....some flowered well before christmas, most flowering now and some just emerging or not flowering at all.  And vigour is variable too.......foliage strong and bushy in some and just showing in others. 

usually the hellebores flower en masse and never before quite like this. I think it has to  do with the wet winter....even milder than usual too.  I'm sure they will all settle again to normal flowering patterns.....I mostly remove flowers in summer;  they never look quite right in the showy summer months 

how have your hellebores been this year?



Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:26

Geums are not really a favourite for me.  With the  esception of Totally Tangerine I don't grow them.  They proved unreliable as true perennials for me 

Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:22

Rubi, grass cuttings piled in a corner will stink.  it gets slimey....not nice.  Mix it with other compost.  

grow something beautiful there this year, even annuals 


Posted: 27/03/2016 at 15:17

Totally Tangerine is superb for early (started already) and will continue all summer.  I divide them every 2 spread around the garden and to keep them young and floriferous . Love the orange colour on tall stems 

Garden sprayed with Weedol last year - can I plant in soil/use grass clippings

Posted: 27/03/2016 at 13:14

Rubi, sounds ok then.  . Think you are sensible esp if you have a young family 

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