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Granular Fertilizer

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:53

Woody, come the spring come the summer....high nitrogen feed.   Then watch the grass grow.      I get lawn food from Lidl in the spring.  It's cheap and very good.

Help me tranform my front garden!

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:45

Hello Amanda

Well, you want something evergreen and very low.  

Heucheras are mound forming in foliage colours ranging from purple black to red to orange to yellow.  Ophiopogons are grass like plants, almost black in colour and evergreen. How about winter heathers?  They have flowers in winter and green, yellow or orange foliage.  Grasses like festuca foliage....uncinia reddish foliage and stipa Tennuissima with lovely summer flowers.  campanula dicksons gold is a yellow evergreen mound with blue flowers in summer.  Scabious like butterfly blue is evergreen with blue flowers all summer.  Thymus silver Posie is a silvery white foliaged thyme with pink,flowers at about 8" high.  You could move some of that gravel   to other side of box edging to mulch your planting. 

How,about a couple of terracotta pots under your bay window and plant Phormiums ....dazzler is a rich maroon red and more compact than most.  I think, since your planting is quite formal, that I would keep to fewer varieties of plants.  The pots would hide the crack on the wall. 

New borders

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:26


Go on.....get it out.  If its not flowerimg it's just taking up space.  It will,be exciting replanting your border.  I love ripping out those not earning their keep ESP if they take up a lot of room.

Gilly.....just ask your neighbours might be pleasantly surprised by their reaction.

Busy,I,went through a phase when I thought vinca ...ESP Variegata......was great.  Then I realised there was a lot of far better things to plant 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:19

Dove......hope,your last day was FANTASTIC 

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 18:15

Lily, I guess the harsher the winter the fewer the berries cos the birds will have gotten them. 

Granular Fertilizer

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 09:00

Hi cresser

I use organic fertilisers but for the lawn I suggest Gromore.  This is because I feel foxes, badgers, etc may be tempted to dig for the organic comtent, viz., fish, blood bone, etc 

I would be tempted to use autumn lawn food.....may be a little cheaper right now.


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:56

Had a re think woody.  Not Winchester growers ...they are nearby ....just  check out national dahlia collection Cornwall.

I do pretty much as monty  does with's the way he treats cannas that I disagree with.  I keep mine dry but he waters his. Who am I to disagree with monty though?    We all do what works for us 


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:45

That's it woody.  Worth a visit I think 

I grew The Bishops Children too from seed.  Only  shades of red and orange though.  Keep about half a dozen of the best but they have produced vigorous excellent plants.   The equal of the Bishop for me 

Holly bush with no berries

Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:31

I meant to help,pollinate golden king  punkdoc.  friend of mine has several hollies and one in particular has masses of berries.  My golden king has some berries but I prune ......trim.....annually to maintain its shape so lose some berries because of that


Posted: 05/11/2013 at 08:24


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