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Grassless lawn

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:31

Hiya jodieel

Agree that's quite a list.  Have you researched any of this?  And the plants you intend to use?  How big a garden do you have?

I must admit to knowing nothing about wildlife gardens so will read this thread with interest.  Commenting only to bump this up a bit.

Need help. Something eating all my plants

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:22

Provado ultimate bug killer will work on earwigs or any systemic pest killer.  Wouldn't bother now though.  Hmmmmm!  Not too happy dusting with powder though.  

Chimney Pot planting

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 19:16

I have some chimney pots 4' high.  I cemented in a base with drainage holes halfway down.  

Wisehedgecrone. I would not put in a pot....why? Use them just like any other container.  I would put gravel, grit, polystyrene etc in bottom few inches then use  mpc for temporary plants or John innes for permanent ones.  

I use mine for temporary/seasonal plantIngs.  Pelargoniums for example. Fuschias.  Grasses, Phormiums and  Aeoniums look good too.  I have convolvulous maritima in one chimney pot though.  It survives here every year and cascades making a sheet of velvety purple/blue all summer long.  

You dont say how wide your pots are but a clematis should grow well in them if you feed well.  Bulbs?  No problem.  


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 18:53

Hey Matty.  Better news each day now.  What an awful sequence of events. ALL THE VEEEEEERY  BEST MATTY



GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 18:43

Thanks lily.  Clearly you are a lady of  good taste 

When to Prune Escallonia.

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 16:19

Down here escallonias are hardly ever out of flower.  I prune during the summer to encourage bushyness.  In colder areas I would prune in early spring.  I grow a nice white.....Iveyii.....and this is pruned in September.

What I love about winter in the garden

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 16:12

Dove, is Hazel Catkins a bit eccentric?  Is she one of your neighbours?  Why does she "dance in breeze"?  Bit cold for that isnt it? 

Not sure I actually love winter.  Prefer the warmer months.  Bit like Bob I tend to think about the shortest day and after that it's all about optimism 

Needed couple of items from garden centre everything 20% off which is nice.  A santolina  lemon fizz was in the clearance bay at £5 so asked for 20% off that too.  £4 then so got a couple more clearance plants plus the discount. ( surely if there is a discount it should also be on clearance lines....logical to me).   Loosened a few roots and repotted.  They will be superb next spring.  

Not much sun today after all but not a bad day......prob 9 degrees, dry and no wind 

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 11:56

Excellent quality joke NewBoy2  

What did the sulking plant say.....leaf me alone.  

Whats the most musical plant.....a viola, of course.   

There's more.  But later you lucky people.  

My dog needs his lunch....he must think I'm barking mad. 

Pelargonium Querie

Posted: 24/11/2013 at 11:23

I always cut mine back in mid September.  It gives me a chance also to remove dead leaves and debris and any possible critters on the leaves.   I want leaves to regrow ASAP as they overwinter better then....I think.  Not cold winters here but keeping those leaves on in cold areas will help  protect them so keep the regrowth on.

If you can remove fleece when it's mild I would do so......recover during cold spells.

I keep one or two pelargoniums outside over the winter......mld part of Cornwall so not advisable generally.......but the danger is wet rather than cold.  


Posted: 24/11/2013 at 09:30

Hiya stacey,  Sounds like a lovely day ??ou had yesterday.  Those are the times we all remember   Prob esp your little one.  But, don't want your bug thanks 

Dove....I know ??ou wanted tyres on your convertible but I had a prang on the way in it and had to get it sorted.  Didn't have right paint colour so spread some oil and mud over the damage. 

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