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HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:12

Did I hear you cackling just  then Fairy?  

Do you use old broomsticks for staking? 

lawns

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:08

Hi Janet

Main thing is to raise the blades on the mower.  

If mine I would simply water it well, give it a liquid summer (nitrogen) feed and continue to cut it at the higher setting.  You may not cut much grass but it will prevent any rogue grasses taking over meantime.  Mowing will also encourage grass to spread. Where grass is weak I would lightly rake and reseed....using similar quality seed.  

Grass cut too close can take a while to recover though 

lawns

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:08

Main thing is to raise the blades on the mower.  

If mine I would simply water it well, give it a liquid summer (nitrogen) feed and continue to cut it at the higher setting.  You may not cut much grass but it will prevent any rogue grasses taking over meantime.  Mowing will also encourage grass to spread. Where grass is weak I would lightly rake and reseed....using similar quality seed.  

Grass cut too close can take a while to recover though 

Tall dahlias in pots for slug protection?

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 09:01

Getting to enjoy dahlias again now.  Always considered them a little  "blowsy", shapeless and clumsy.  Now I grow prob 30 dahlias.....in the garden (overwinter outside) and in pots.  More than half are purple foliage vsrieties.

Twynings After Eight is the darkest of all foliage varieties, I think, with white flowers and Yellow Honka is delightful as is Claire de Lune......

I never overpot.....small tubers in small pots....as they grow I repot.  Then they grow fast.  Currently all potted dahlias are in 3 to 5 litre pots and large plants.  A couple are in large containers and stand about 3' and getting bigger daily.  these will be staked.  They have copper tape around the pots but the bigger the container the more likely slugs, etc.  will get into the compost.  I use 3 or 4 pellets per large pot but also pick off any at night time

Any dahlia taller,than 4' needs staking and I use simple cane and string.  Then I always tie a stem to outside of cane so cane is hidden and no support structure is seen. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 08/06/2014 at 08:41

Hello FORKERS

Well done Busy .....sounds a great success. 

Bright sunny morning.  Again, feeling very warm.  The thundery rain did not happen overnight........very little of the rain forecast over past two weeks has fallen. Breezy though.....stipa gigantea bending, arching and swaying and enjoying it 

Hope everybody has god day 

 

Gooseberry & blackcurrant berries dropped off

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 17:22

Too dry I think.  ESP blackcurrants.  They do need adequate moisture.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 14:07

Happy anniversary lily 

Ok, guess I am always saying it's sunny but today..........it IS.   Been very warm, esp this morning, bit cloudy, fair bit of sun, dry but wind picking up a little.  Will be watering later.

Friend got me turning over her veg patch and burning stuff.   Love a fire but I am reeking of smoke. ,need a shower but feeling lazeeeeee.  Took her to a nursery.....she will spend, spend, spend so I have to be the bad guy (as far as the nursery is concerned) and advise against it.  Anyway got a free plant......new sedum on me and, blow me down,cannot remember the name.  More compact than purple emperor and lovely metallic red/grey leaves.  Looks good and made a space next to eryngium Jade  Frost which is about to flower.

Yep!  Need that shower cos it wasn't the dog next to me 

 

My wee garden!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 07:38

Oh!  Better thread than I thought.........not about an outside lav after all    .......ok, ok, I'll get my coat. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 07:35

........just to say.  Looking for summer scent by your front door?  I have heliotrope (Chatsworth) in several pots and the scent of vanilla and cherry from them is intoxicating 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 07/06/2014 at 07:30

.....well, enjoy it Dove 

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