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Latest posts by Verdun

I hope I was missed?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:48

Hiya Bill.  It's terrible about your son....words are inadequate and there is little anyone can do.  My mum lost her daughter af 32.  Cancer too.  Our only consolation was that she felt our love throughout.  I'm sure you are offering your son the same.  Make the most of every moment.  

Im glad you are in the warm now Bill.  

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:21

Get your lawn in first.  Kids have a soft place to play.  You have a place to sit and survey your garden and plan.  You can remove parts of your lawn later or all of it.  A lawn is often derided these days but most of us love our areas of grass, ESP kids.  

Raised beds

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:15

We all make mistakes Weyplotter.  We are all impatient.  We are all over eager.  When things grow well it is down to our "skill".  When they fail it is down to bad luck 

What is your most dazzling plant in your garden

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:12

Still got gazanias in flower.  Never seems out of flower.  Nice orange.  And annual bidens struggles on 


Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:09

Thatsh rubbissssh 

Talkback: Growing mahonia

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 21:08

Hiya blubell, 

Firstly you can cut as hard as you like.  It will regrow very happily. Mahonias do naturally become leggy, even ugly. I have rejuvenated quite a few simply by cutting hard back.  One was almost treelike in a friend's garden....thin, leggy and awful.  It is now bushy and free flowering.  Prune every year to keep compact.

Its hard to say how many feet it will grow back in one year.  How tall is it now?  I would expect a 10' shrub cut back to 5' would grow at least 2'.  I cut a mahonia that formed part of an open boundary to 2' using a sharp saw.  It is now kept to 5 or 6 feet.  

Prune after flowering.....actually I would delay until early spring if it's flowering now.  

How to tackle completely overgrown garden?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 20:02

Hello Georgina.

Yep, an exciting project.

If you want to put some part of it down to grass decide which part.  Remove everything ....yes, hard digging but it's worth it.  Dig as many roots out as possible then rake it level.  Firm it well by walking it with your heels.  Rake again and firm again until it's nice and even with fine soil surface.  Turf or seed.  Seed in spring, March, is quick and easy.  

Once the lawn is down you can organise the rest of your garden.....bounce ideas around, decide of you want some fruit, veg, shrubs, flowers, etc.  

There will be lots of ideas and encouragement here but getting the grass organised and settled is the priority I think.  Take your time.  Do things as energy levels and time allows

Enjoy your garden

Talkback: How to winter-prune trees and shrubs

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 13:45

Oh, except for that small Leylandii hedge that Artjak's got......hee hee hee

Tidy or mulch?

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 13:42

Yes Ginglygangly but isn't mother nature a very untidy caretaker?  How would our homes be if we just blew the dust around and just left debris where it lay?  Mother nature could learn a thing or two from us methinks 

What is your most dazzling plant in your garden

Posted: 27/12/2013 at 13:35

At this time of year I guess my mahonia charity is the star.  Full of yellow fragrant flowers.  But I notice fast emergimg hellebores that soon will establish their starring role.

Discussions started by Verdun

Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

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Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

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Verdict....your new plants this year

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Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

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It's my birthday

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They're bossing it now........

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Love your garden

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hardy geraniums pictures

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Is mahonia invasive?

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Blue foliage

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What's your acronym? A guessing game......

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Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

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