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Under performing grasses

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:54

For now, for the winter, leave them alone.

In spring try to make a mound of soil around the grasses to make a sort of reservoir and water really well.  Then, yes, mulch with something substantial like dried manure. It's funny I have a couple of miscanthus morning is growing in good rich soil and is 7' plus and full dense foliage.  The other is in my front garden where soil is more sandy.  It is only half the size.  I will move it soon.. should not really move in autumn ......but Im confident it will be ok.

Many grasses like dry conditions....stipas for example and  calamagrostis  and you could try them there. These flower earlier in the summer.

Good luck mowmymoss

Plants that I can put infront of a conifer hedge

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:42

Astrantias need good moisture Red dahlia ...they will disappear if it's too dry.

Liatris yes.  Should be good for them.  I think hardy salvias should be good there too.  Nepeta too.  Achilleas if reasonable sunshine.  None of these should be drawn by the light 

Under performing grasses

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 22:18


Can I ask you, are these grasses growing in fairly dry conditions?  Miscanthus like some moisture.  It's been a long,,dry and hot summer and they may simply have been "dehydrated". 

My miscanthus....I grow a few different varieties.....are all 6' plus and currently in full flower.  Your zebra grass, zebrinus, is usually a vigorous grass.


Statues OR Ornaments

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 19:07

Sad that zoomer.  Nice touch about the statue.  Will miss my Labrador hugely,when the time comes.  So....I will enjoy every moment with him.  He's  a healthy 10 year old so hopefully a few years yet.

Serious! Really

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 19:01

Men age more slowly than the women do so I'm getting younger in comparison every year.............oops!    I'll get my coat.  

Sambucus Nigra "Black Lace"

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:56

Remember to cut it down to the ground,or at least to 30 cm or so.  Then ??ou get better quality leaves. ,it will grow again each year to 6' or more. 


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:53

Silleeeeee me chicky, forgot.  Just a simple Cornishman, see!     


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:41

........meant to say dove.  Wish I could paint.  Such a  wonderful skill.  Sounds perfect relaxation.    If you,have such a talent it would be a waste to let it go


Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:38

Chicky.  I've since removed all pyracantha from my garden........just worry about their thorns.  Had couple youngsters running around the garden then and I'm a bit paranoid about their safety.  

However, they are lovely shrubs when trained against a wall or fence.  Mine were very attractive if say  I so myself.  Full of white flowers in spring and orange (mine) berries  later in summer and autUmn.  They are easy to train and quick to grow.  Domt spend a fortune on already trained ones.  Yours will soon catch up.  I think correct pruning is the key.

Kaffir lilies i always forget about. Must  get a few

Horse Manure - ? Din In or Leave On Top

Posted: 20/10/2013 at 18:28

I spread it over the soil.  I do this about now.  I actually want the manure "washed" by the rain so that come the spring I'm  left with  a product that "stirs" in nicely with my top soil and any chemicals have disappeared.  It helps create a fertile top few inches exactly where my veg need it.  Over the years I have created a very good rich soil this way.

Im a no dig gardener except for the runner bean trench.  For me, digging in compost, manure, etc., destroys fhe structure of the soil and deposits the manure too deep for the plants ro access it.

Agree about the chickweed daydaisy. This year's been the worst so far for me. Mind you, its easy to pull up of you see it. 

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