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Lawn disaster

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 20:29

Have tried this myself Shrinking Violet.  If worried about birds can you cover with fleece or polythene?  It's how I do it now 


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 20:26

Best wishes for your mum KEF 


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:36

Sunniest spot possible,chicky then flowers all summer long.....some well into autumn 


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:30

Chicky, got this batch from Caths Garden plants.  Great customer service, good plants and delivered on time ...24 hour courier.  got black adder, summer sky,  blue boa and tangerine sunset.  Have raspberry summer, summer glow, summer love, fiesta, sangria and a couple more.  What makes you think I like agastaches?  ha ha 

Dove cottage is another good supplier but I think they have just stopped mail order. 

I determinedly seek out plants and eventually....usually...get them 

gardening and mental health

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:16

Punkdoc, I seem to identify with you a little.  Seem to be able to pull myself out of very lows by knowing that I am needed.  

A bad period for me was made easier by writing a book about someone for someone too.  Greatly therapeutic ESP when, 18 years later, that book was read and valued by the recipient.  It was so important and so emotional for that person.  Glad I had the vision to do that despite constant reservations/doubts  when writing the book.

Its difficult to value one's own "worth" to determine things. Difficult too to accept things or events in life and to settle or accept them.  But when I realise the devastation a bad choice would cause I keep going.  Maybe the solution is not to inwardly examine too much 



Posted: 19/03/2014 at 19:01

Stacey, I would let it build up naturally.  Mark it though. 

A batch of new agastaches arrived today in 2 and 3 litre pots.  Look good. My order from Allwoods has been despatched too....couple of days they reckon.

Lawn disaster

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:57

Hiya Shrinking Violet

I would apply lawn weedkiller soon....mid April.  A combined lawn feed and weedkiller ideally.

Then I would lightly "scratch" in grass seed in bare spots.  shouldn't cost too much.  Could you water occasionally? 

(conifers can take up a lot of water and make life difficult for other nearby plants. Stag horn sumach too)

Photinia leaf drop

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:42

My soil is free draining and neutral.  When I prune it I water it because I feel it needs it.  As I have already said, Photinias seem to very temperamental at times and susceptible to all kinds of leaf problems despite varying soil conditions.  

Every photinia I've grown has been a disappointment and mostly when I see them they are cursed for their leaf drop, etc.  Not sure they enjoy it near the coast.  Shelter seems to be required for good quality plant.


Posted: 19/03/2014 at 18:33

Been nice here today.  Not brilliant sunshine but warm enough and cloudy ish.

Put an hour or so into tidying, weeding etc....very satisfying.  Dividing and cutting old leaves on Phormiums too makes for better foliage to come.

Punkdoc, I've grown lychnis Vesuvius too for its foliage and orange flowers.  Yes, it is short as an annual I think.....but complements many of my blue flowers.

Rain tomorrow....plenty of it too apparently.  

gardeners world presenters

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 13:11

But......I AM BEAUTIFUL   I am, I am I am .............

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