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Latest posts by Verdun

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:08

Well, its certainly a start again case sunflower.  

You can achieve a really good lawn though without using fine grasses.  Preparation is still key though.  it neednt be that labour intensive and can look attractive.  Mine is now pretty good looking.  Green, level and nice to be on.  initially wanted that desirable first class lawn.  


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:03

Susan....trampolines and donuts, wot could be better?  Is that why donuts keep getting stuck in my nose?

New lawn turning brown

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:56

Stef, a thorough soaking not repeated damping down..?  During this heat more water too.  

Possibly chafer grubs nibbling the roots....does grass pull away easily?

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:51

Plant swaps with fellow keen gardeners is the real way.

mind you, how irrational am I?  Went to a nursery.....called in as I passed by (honestly). to get salvia patens in flower.  And they had one..the only one.  But it was not as good as one I have spare at home.  Impatience see....mine is a couple of weeks away from flowering and 3 times the size of plant in nursery.  Anyway my own salvia duly will flower until autumn.  A moment of foolishness simply cos  it had some flowers 

dont know how hot it is out says 33.  Think I will postpone my 5 mile run

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 14:18

Howmuch time do you have sunflower?

there have been a few threads about producing top quality lawns

if you really want one then preparation is everything.  Spend from now until September killing and removing weeds, turning over the ground ...ideally getting some compost in......and firming, raking and levelling. levelling with your heels and raking several times.  Bury the existing turf upside down in the trenches you make when turning.  Aim to achieve a good  fine tilth

come September you can sow seed.  Simply research available fine quality seed mixes.

a good quality cylinder mower is essential.  next spring lightly top dress your lawn and feed.  Next autumn scarifying, spiking and top dressing will be required.  

a lot of work.  Fine lawns need regular low mowing, watering and feeding


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:59

Grow pink red liatris Fairy but white are very nice

Not sharing the heatwave Fairy?  Frankly it will be too hot in many places today.  My garden is prob 2 degrees or more higher than generally outside So a walk to the beach or towans will be pleasant.


SOS my Senetti is struggling

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:53

It will decline now esp with hot weather.  Best in relative cool spring season


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:45

Trampoline Dove?  I love trampolines.  used to take my small niece on them and I would be the only adult on well as the noisiest and most embarrassing (for my niece)   Who cares...I was having fun 

23 degrees with a lovely breeze.  Still tipped to go higher today. We should get it cooler than you english guys.

saw my cousin this morning....he has been moved to smaller hospital.  He is very emotional, cannot take it all in (stroke) and has probs with words and thinking. His memory seems fine.  Shock for me too to see him like this, even tho he apparently is far better than most stroke victims.  I took him outside but staff are worried he will abscond so we were given only 20 mins before we were ushered back indoors. Shame, we are both outdoor people esp on a day like today


what to do next with these plants?

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:34

Those delphiniums will be for next year. They should be potted on regularly this summer to produce a decent size plant for next season

Need some hand holding

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 12:29

Mornng Breathe, 

is your rose in multipurpose compost?  Its too light weight for your rose. ,if you used john innes the pot would be less likely to blow over.

also did you cut it back a little?  Less top to blow over

i would cut off flower buds and stems back to strong new shoots.  Dont over fuss it.  It will likely produce new flower buds quite soon 

Discussions started by Verdun

Why has a thread disqppeared? Who decided?

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who cares who wins?

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Just a suggestion...

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Don't be scaredy cat.....

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Drat those chains.....

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Wot's it all about.....?

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"Experts" we go again

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Best late flowering clematis?

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What new plants will you be trying?

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White foliage?

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Is this really cruel?

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Taking life for granted......

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Against all logic.......

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Wont go without a fight....

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