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Posted: 06/07/2013 at 19:58

No keen.. Love these threads.  Theyre stimulating.  Got to be sharp though.  You and Salino are on good form.

Think carex pendula is a weed down here......well, actually it is.  Not overly keen, Keen!

Salino.  Maybe it's the way I tell 'em....or plant  em but villosum doesn't droop for me.  It's like a fountain.  Surprisingly...for me at first....I found it likes a bit of water.  Maybe that's why it drooped for you?

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 19:47


Evening everybody.....what a scorcher!  It must have been 28 in some,hot spots here.

Watering in a bit 

So many visitors are going to be sore tonight.  We can tell who the visitors are....they just absorb every bit of sun not aware of how strong the light is here.  

Gardening grandma's always great to put in new plants isn't it?



Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:43

........bob good luck.  Sounds exciting.  Yes!  Photos will be good

Off now


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:41

Punkdoc....We beat the Aussies.   We thrashed them.  Lived in Aussie as a kid but I'm so pleased to beat them

Re cannas. I grow a few.  I,think the "secret" is poster them in large pots ASAP.  Luckily I can keep them in the ground where they get HUGE.  I split some in October and pot up and overwinter for pot,display.  Then they are some about to flower.....and imposing for the whole summer.  With tall grasses, bonariensis and other tall spikes cannas are eye catchers

Shooting off to beach for while....



Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:31

Oh, keen.  I understand what you say about grass.  And you are right.  Moles must be a nightmare.....don't have that problem here.  And if it's dry....and we get a drought (fantastic if we do).......the lawn will look pretty awful.  So far lawn is lush, dark green and almost "tactlile" .....will go out there later im proud of it.  I guess it can be a chore....mine are cut twice a week but it's easy and quick and the resulting smell is essentially summer....but I actually enjoy it

This thread must have the longest posts ever!




Posted: 06/07/2013 at 13:21

Hiya folks.....ecky thump!  All deep stuff today.....and on top of the lions thrashing Australia.  Loved in Aussie as a kid but always want to beat them.  Did I say we won? Ha ha

One of my favourite grassss from August onwards is pennisetum VILLOSUM. This is a billowing type grass with huge caterpillar-like whitish flowers and is superb. Maybe tender  many places ..

Im not anti-hard I said I've done plenty of it....I just prefer the softer side of gardenImg.  l liked Love your garden with Titchmarsh this week and without hard landscaping it would not have worked.  I guess I do grow a large number of plants but I always allow room for full development of each one

Keen which salvia is it?  I grow several least a dozen tender ones.  

 I venture out late at night too with torch and salt solution.   After 11 pm for me is when I catch the blighters.  Been doing it for few weeks now and I see fewer and fewer each time and still, no damage to my hostas etc.  it's best and safest way to deal with slugs n snails.



Long, narrow border ideas

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:38

Auntie Betty....good advice there.  For me, one variety only though.  A continuous flow of identical flowers at the same time is magical.  Nothing like walking a lavender border in full flower


Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:34

For me I sow in small pots.  Then into trays. Then into 9cm pots.  (growth is rapid so potting on will be too) In mid to late August  I plant out into vacant part of vegetable patch.  During late October I then transplant ( my then large plants) to final positions in the garden.

I sow earlier in the May....but you should still get reasonable plants if you sow ASAP







best feed for a new lawn

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:21

No bluejan,  even light feed is best nothing this summer if you sowed in May.  Some recommend an autumn feed but I'm not really convinced.  Regular mowing, not too low, and regular watering is your best policy.

No feed and weed

Feed or feed and weed next spring

best feed for a new lawn

Posted: 06/07/2013 at 09:20

No bluejan,  even light feed is best nothing this summer if you sowed in May.  Some recommend an autumn feed but I'm not really convinced.  Regular mowing, not too low, and regular watering is your best policy.

Feed next spring

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