Latest posts by Verdun

Sowing grass seed in stony soil

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 22:03

Hiya Lucid

rake as many stones out as possible to a depth of 15 cm or so.  Be thorough with the raking. apply fertilizer and rake that in.  I would use your compost for your flower beds

A good dwarf rye grass seed should provide a nice lawn there.



New ornamental Lawn

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:55

My only input would be to stress the importance of preparation.

Repeatedly levelling and raking ...I find this the most enjoyable part.

whether you choose turf or seed remember fine grass lawn is hard work.  Regular mowing at least twice a week.  Top dressing annually. Scarifying,,spiking and raking and regular feeding. However, 20 sq m isnt too big

and go for as good a mower as possible......a cylinder mower with blades set fairly low

I have a lawn of about 140 sq m and initially intended a fine lawn.  It took a lot of time...too much time.  My front lawn is now a mixture of fine grass and dwarf rye.  I have a lush, rich green thick lawn which is less work than for a fine lawn. 


What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 21:16

Clay?  Not good for lavendars then?  

You need to do a ph test will determine which plants you can grow.

Not a lot of width generally so at least avoid pushing in lots of plants.


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 19:03

Got over your boredom Jo?

went for Munstead...does well down here.  Quite a range of lavendars at the nursery including a nice white but a lavendar hedge should be blue flowered. Might get a trio of them tomorrow when I claim watsonias

That's quite some job Hosta but well worthwhile.  In my haste not labelling correctly is frustrating when cuttings have grown the following year.  hence my recent purchase of plant labels

Look what my husband made for me today :-)

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 18:33

Excellent Daryl.  Looks good and very practical 

Help with planning my garden

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 18:30

Dont...please..grow bamboo Durrantbun

check out acteas...cimicifugas.  Glorious black/brown/purple foliage, large leaves from spring to autumn.  Currently white scented very tall arching flowers.  Not affected by slugs, snails or any pest.  No staking necessary.  Can post a picture of one of mine but worth a decko If you can provide some dappled shade and reasonable moisture.  Perfect companion for most colours and foliage types 


whose poo?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 18:24's not a's poo.  Hedgehogs down here dont look like that 


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 18:19

Yvie, hope you are coping despite everything.  Words are not enough but best wishes to you. Been through issues with my mum and what a battle that can be with carers and officials 

After a mixed morning weather wise its been a nice afternoon.

dug out a length for lavendar plants....half done.  The rest will be done when I take out plants already there.  Moved a huge hellebore to accommodate lavender.  Hellebores must have the biggest ...and heaviest...root systems of all perennials but I think it wont know it's been moved.  The idea is to have a curving lavendar hedge between path and veg patch.  The lavendar plants are of superb quality.  

Didnt have time to get watsonias but prob will tomorrow


What to plant in front garden beds/borders?

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 16:11


choisya can get quite big but check out Choisya ternata White Dazzler.  Glossy aromatic evergreen witb delightfully scented whife flowers in spring on compact new shrub.  

I would be inclined to plant a shrub mixture in front but then a hedge of lavendar from first corner to the door.  As long as ground doesnt get too wet and you get plenty of sunshine what better than a curving lavendar hedge.  Scented foliage all year and then those fantastic highly fragrant blue flowers in summer?  Come on....not tempted by that?

I am currentlly planting another lavendar hedge here 


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 16:02

Maybe Susan 

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