London (change)


Latest posts by Verdun

Salty Air

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:38

Some attractive oleariias flowers, white flowers.

Rockin Blueberry

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:36

Did you use ericaceous multi purpose compost or john innes ericaceous?  The former is too lightweight and dries out too quickly.  If it "flopped" about in the pot I suspect you used mpc...?

Staghorn Sumac

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:33

Need patience and persistence though Steve.  Stag horn does spread and sucker.  Not a plant for any garden. 

In the lawn try a lawn weedkiller.  this with regular mowing...ideally snipping it off as soon as pieces seen...should help.  Outside the lawn I would use SBK brushwood killer or strong glyphosate.

digging it up has simply agitated those suckering tendencies.

Salty Air

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:21

Eryngiums, thrift, hebes, senecios, santolinas, artemisias, griselinia,,escallonias, olearias, erigeron, osteospermums, phormiums, berberis esp darwinii, grasses like fescues. Winter heathers, ........lots more too

when can i move them

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:13

You can Vickie.  Little late.  They are fairly surface rooting.  thorough watering in is essential.  Good moist soil too produces much better flowers.  You may lose flowers but rudbeckias flower for lomg time so maybe September time ??

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:08

Well, its certainly a start again case sunflower.  

You can achieve a really good lawn though without using fine grasses.  Preparation is still key though.  it neednt be that labour intensive and can look attractive.  Mine is now pretty good looking.  Green, level and nice to be on.  initially wanted that desirable first class lawn.  


Posted: 30/06/2015 at 17:03

Susan....trampolines and donuts, wot could be better?  Is that why donuts keep getting stuck in my nose?

New lawn turning brown

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:56

Stef, a thorough soaking not repeated damping down..?  During this heat more water too.  

Possibly chafer grubs nibbling the roots....does grass pull away easily?

Confessions of the plantaholics

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 16:51

Plant swaps with fellow keen gardeners is the real way.

mind you, how irrational am I?  Went to a nursery.....called in as I passed by (honestly). to get salvia patens in flower.  And they had one..the only one.  But it was not as good as one I have spare at home.  Impatience see....mine is a couple of weeks away from flowering and 3 times the size of plant in nursery.  Anyway my own salvia duly will flower until autumn.  A moment of foolishness simply cos  it had some flowers 

dont know how hot it is out says 33.  Think I will postpone my 5 mile run

How do get a great front lawn?!

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 14:18

Howmuch time do you have sunflower?

there have been a few threads about producing top quality lawns

if you really want one then preparation is everything.  Spend from now until September killing and removing weeds, turning over the ground ...ideally getting some compost in......and firming, raking and levelling. levelling with your heels and raking several times.  Bury the existing turf upside down in the trenches you make when turning.  Aim to achieve a good  fine tilth

come September you can sow seed.  Simply research available fine quality seed mixes.

a good quality cylinder mower is essential.  next spring lightly top dress your lawn and feed.  Next autumn scarifying, spiking and top dressing will be required.  

a lot of work.  Fine lawns need regular low mowing, watering and feeding

Discussions started by Verdun

Inspiring or what?

Replies: 7    Views: 196
Last Post: Today at 07:45


Replies: 11    Views: 243
Last Post: Yesterday at 19:38

Is there any better foliage ?

Replies: 30    Views: 596
Last Post: 26/04/2016 at 17:01

He's a notty boy !

Replies: 39    Views: 1268
Last Post: 21/04/2016 at 17:19

Thought for Lyn

Replies: 67    Views: 2236
Last Post: 22/04/2016 at 13:10


Replies: 20    Views: 513
Last Post: 16/04/2016 at 15:47

More haste.......

Replies: 20    Views: 517
Last Post: 13/04/2016 at 17:51


Replies: 55    Views: 1803
Last Post: 21/04/2016 at 17:17

Campaign to save the pain of.....

Replies: 23    Views: 1001
Last Post: 21/04/2016 at 18:46

Value or not?

Replies: 13    Views: 398
Last Post: 31/03/2016 at 22:04

Go large or divide again....

Replies: 10    Views: 471
Last Post: 30/03/2016 at 14:46

What the hellebores is going on?

Replies: 25    Views: 1012
Last Post: 31/03/2016 at 12:43


Replies: 5    Views: 293
Last Post: 25/03/2016 at 14:22

Robins holding up business

Replies: 12    Views: 349
Last Post: 10/03/2016 at 07:43

Plants for heavy clay soil

Replies: 3    Views: 275
Last Post: 04/03/2016 at 21:54
1 to 15 of 293 threads