Latest posts by Verdun

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:49

They CAN be temperamental flowers, that's all.  Doesn't mean yours will be.  I have 2 In flower for past month or so. 

Grass problem

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:47

I experienced this very situation a year ago.  New build, grass yellowing, etc.

it was a question of seeing how it goes....reseeding and feeding which is the easy option...or of rebuilding the lawn.  I chose the first option and the lawn has been great since.  

Had the lawn not recovered well I would have waited until September to take the second option.

whatever you decide Fridgeman let us know how it goes.  Feedback is always helpful 

Anyone growing Colocasia Black Coral?

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:33

anyone growing this plant?  

how black?  How much of a statement is it for you if any? 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:26

Yep, I have a few whites too, even double whites.  Love em.  Agree about summer flowering...I often remove flowers then as they are usually obscured by summer perennials 


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:22

Derby will lose I'm afraid David.  Man United dare not lose so will play like a team from the lower divisions, viz., with guts and energy.  Fingers crossed for Derby 


Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:20

Did you swear there KEF?    I am shocked 

Murray was lucky.....very lucky.  His opponent was injured.  However Djokovic will have an extrq day's rest as well as being unbeatable (by Murray anyway)   If Murray wins I will give every member here a ...vnfjskdneiv aka,dks,ka......oops! Typing has gone awry 

after a dampish day it is now raining hard ....settle in my recent planting.  Fine day tomorrow though 

how to weaken vigorous grass

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:11

Hmmm, at first I thought you allowed your grass to grow too long ...and therefore form flower heads but you say you cut it regularly

Ironically your problem is the opposite to that many of us have in that we feed to encourage growth.

I would cut every week...I cut mine twice a week....with grassbox.  Eventually during the summer growth should slow down.  I wouldn't feed either.

a few years back there was a product....Cutlass rings a bell! reduce grass growth.  However, not something I would ever want to use 


Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:03

I much prefer the orientallis types Nut but Niger is just a tad earlier in most years so worth the trouble 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:46

You"re welcome flowers in the rain.  Niger has a reputation for being difficult sometimes....not,the easiest of the hellebore family.  

Not too near the hedge though....Niger is a little greedy   

Grass problem

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 18:43

Fridgeman, I would lightly rake the surface when ground is drier and aim to re seed bare patches in mid March.   also to apply a granular feed at same time.

some may recommend you spike your lawn now but I prefer not to do that at this time of year.

if your lawn tends to get will see for yourself how it averages out by mid summer.....I would incorporate spiking as an annual regime for September time.

with re seeding, feeding and better growing conditions soon your lawn will recover 

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