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Posted: 05/03/2015 at 17:21

Sillee me! got stuck on cryptic crossword......really stumped until I looked at my reflection.  Of course!  "Handsome". We get inspiration from so many areas don't we? 

Red robin help needed!

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 17:06

Looks like 2 plants there.  I would cut the dead piece back to the ground.  Prune the rest of your plant lightly......back enough to produce shoots without shocking it.  And it's best in the ground or, if in a pot,  use John Innes number 3.


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 17:02

That's sad about your parents not remembering your son's visit Dove.  Luckily, my mum was never quite like that.  It would have been devastating if my mum was still around in 6 months but not knowing who I was.

looking good there Wimtersong. 

Pity pulmonaria blue ensign doesn't flower would have been a great companion to my euphorbia polychroma (a very underrated plant in my opinion)in a few weeks. Doesn't matter too much as I have one near a pale yellow hellebore.  


Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 16:09

Once a year scarifying is sufficient for me.  Think it's generally enough for most too.  However, in my lawn perfectionist days it would have been a monthly operation.(not scarified at all this year......not a great deal of time really but it will be left until September now)

got my bargain lawn feed today though.  Mid March application.  And a few garden sundries from Lidl added too.  Tempted by some plants too but I'm overwhelmed by them here at moment so resisted them.....I HAVE ENOUGH NOW, but am I listening ? 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 14:18

Did some of that "planning" yesterday Punkdoc. deciding what I can move, divide replant.  I usually, at this time of year, have plans/ideas but delay the operations until perennials, bulbs etc are clearly seen.  

So much sun but there is a chill still so will resist full blown gardening just a little while longer.  Then it will be all out "summer here I come" gardening 

Removing a lawn and starting again

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 12:21

Hiya Grant.  Most of us have started again with our lawns

ideally the best time to start this is in late summer.....September.

i would not rotovate.  I would dig in the existing lawn....cutting the turves and placing them face down in the trench.  Then spend the autumn raking and levelling......with the heels of your feet.  This is probably the most important part, viz., firming and levelling.  I firm and level 6 or 7 times. You could incorporate compost, even mpc, or soil conditioner into the top few inches and a general granular fertiliser.  Decide on what type of lawn you want...hard wearing?  Then dwarf rye.  an ornamental lawn?   Then fine grass seed.  Sow seed one way.  Lightly take.  Sow seed opposite direction.

you have a choice then......if still mild and warm you could sow seed in autumn.  Or, you could be patient and sow the following March/April.  This gives you more time to consolidate lawn surface

i enjoy preparing lawns. And the first signs of grass germinating is so exciting

Scarifying: what is it?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 12:09

You can buy electric scarifiers....£80 will go a long way towards the cost of one.  This is a simple process.

how big is your lawn?  You can simply use a lawn rake at minimal cost.

once a year scarifying is worth while....removes thatch (Dead grass) and allows air and water to access the roots.  Once a year feed with a granular balanced fertiliser in spring and, if you want to enhance its appearance during the summer a liquid nitrogen feed too.

unless your lawn is large and you have a reasonable amount of time I would not use the services of any lawn maintenance team.  Calculate the costs over the entire year may be expensive.


Posted: 05/03/2015 at 11:54

Still a lovely day

Den was very gentle with me.  Felt no pain or discomfort. Always felt I was meant for better things so being crowned sits easily with me. 

Saying goodbye to a gardening friend

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 07:35

Hiya Judith.  That's sad news.  

in time I'm sure your happy memories of your friend will sustain you.

best wishes for today

what are you excited about?

Posted: 05/03/2015 at 07:16

Fritillaries flowering now......quite excited 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 02:59

There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 09:48

Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 10:16

Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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