Latest posts by Verdun

What is your weather like?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 15:44

From a misty start the sun emerged mid morning and has stayed out. pretty warm and very little wind.  On the south coast, a handful of miles away, there is a stiff easterly but not here 

fed front and back lawns and watered it in.  Watered greenhouse too.....well plants in there . Potted on voltage yellow osteospermums 

Working in just a shirt .....well, not just a shirt.....and feeling hot 

Help with leggy new privet hedge

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 15:38

Hiya Wendy

cut it back now.  Aim for a narrower top...i.e. Slope sides inwards towards the top on both sides.  Your hedge will remain thick then from bottom up 

Sweet box query

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 12:31

If it has buds it will flower helentoft.

a couple of things....firstly don't keep moving it.  It is an attractive evergreen even when not in flower.  You can clip it to a nice shape in spring.  

Is the pot big enough?  

A top dressing of fish blood and bone mixed with dried manure and a little mpc will help it a lot.

sarcoccoca is shade tolerant and prob better with a little shade so in the sun make sure it doesnt get too dry in summer.

New flower bed

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 12:26

Stephen,,firstly take out those conifers...look awful. 

A nice scented shrub like choisya White Dazzler would be good...its a smaller version of the well known type.  A potentilla like Elizabeth or Goldfinger too or another evergreen like pittosporum Tom Thumb for evergreen purple foliage.  Euonymous emerald n gold for evergreen bright foliage all year round

seem to be pushing lavendar a lot lately but lavendar would smell and look great there on the pavement side....I would also plant it alongside the entrance side.

on the lawn side heucheras, stipa tennuissima, festucas, libertias, pinks in red,,pink or white will provide lovely blue foliage all year round and scented summer flowers, penstemons, and hardy geranium rozanne to continue the blue theme (lavendar) to one side.  carex testacea for evergreen olive foliage and perovskia little spire are worth considering for that sunny site

go for a tall agastache like Black Adder near the centre may not survive the winter but what a sight for months from spring to autumn.  

Make a sketch based on colour, shape and size and how your chosen plants might look like together.  Finally a mulch of mini bark or chippings to finish it off 

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 10:50

Daniel, you are over worrying and overthinking.

a light rake and a scattering of grass seed is all you need do on that small area.  I would apply a granular feed at the same will feed the existing grass and the seed will germinate soon enough 

give us feedback Daniel.  


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:15

Morning Tetley.....well that's me.  " poetic"  

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 08:01

ha ha.  I have found grass seed will germinate at lower temps than that Dove.  Prob soil is that much warmer.  I have sown seed in winter.  Sowing now will be fine 


Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:57

Grow the purple sort....potted at the moment.  It can go in veg patch or ornamental garden.  I will remove any flowers.  I grow it for its distinctive feathery appearance.  Any seedlings will be removed except for a couple which I will pot up 

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:53

Ah!  Didnt see your post there Dave.....  

Rescuing my grass?

Posted: 15/03/2016 at 07:51

Hi Daniel

I would rake it lightly and over seed.....grass is grass.  It will mix in.  However, I would also over seed nearby areas too. .  May take a little longer to germinate at this time of could throw a fleece or polythene over it for a couple of weeks.  It will keep off birds, pests and even add a degree or two of warmth 

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