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Wild crocosmia is not flowering

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:53

The wild sort does seem to thrive in more parched comditions.......a different plant to our cultivated forms I think.  This has been flowering on our towans for a while now

Lyn, my lucifer is in flower ....very early here.....but I agree the season for them is just beginning.  (Hope you are enjoying the rain now......perfect, steady mist, drizzle and rain.  Has refreshed the garden )


Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:48

Seed is so quick and easy Treehugger 


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:46

Picked up my cousin from hospital

he has a care package in place.  His son will look after him. I think he will need a lot of patient care From the rest of us too.

strange unreal situation to see him so different.  Unsettling to say the least 

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:42

Hey Edd......that's brilliant.  Take it all back.  So there was a tooth fairy after all then?

always felt I could hear the little people at night.  

Sowing grass seed on a patch in high Summer - How to make it work

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 13:36


Just done that...yesterday.  Expecting grass to germinate very quickly.  Especially with these damp conditions.  

rake the area...almost scrub create a few centimetres of soil. wet the area if not wet already.  Sprinkle seed then lightly rake it....lawn rake is perfect for this.  Walk on it.  Sow seed again and again lightly walk it in.  Gently water again. keep moist until germination.

if you have some fleece cut out an area to size and peg it down.  I find this protects against heavy rain that could displace the seed and also buffers against any hot sun.  In my experience germination is rapid if kept moist there....I expect to see grass inside 7 days but 3 weeks is lomg enough for grass to appear and to be mown.

obviously keep off until it is mown.good luck Dominoman 

Fairy Ring

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 11:35

Posy........well said.  Brilliant and honest

 And, Posie, fairies don't actually exist even down here in the land of the pixies so garden as you please; you aren't desreoying their homeland.  

I am annoyed by whomever told you off for trying to eradicate moles.......

this is a garden forum and mostly we are trying to grow plants WE like from all over the world and this is absolutely fine.  We don't have to follow nature, garden like it is wild or accept an excess of pests determined to destroy what we lovingly nurture.  I don't want a grub hotel or grow nettles for butterflies or leave rotting chunks of wood about for beetles. But I am as kind, thoughtful and generous as most who push for these things. The great outdoors is doing well and much of the wildlife pay a visit so they must like it ...... 

Wonky........a perfect lawn?  No.  A good lawn? Yes.  

I had a visitor saying I should sow daisies in my academic too....a professor of "posh and I say" .   His garden is full of "wildlife", snails, rotting vegetation, unkempt "borders", and (he "loves") dandelions and ofher "natural" indigenous plants.  So angry was I with him that I gave him...............


           A cup of tea 




Ooooooo, enjoyed that 

where is that rant thread?


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:54

Had a similar problem with plums......the solution then was to pick before they ripenened. 

I think birds may have initially caused damaged to alert wasps so netting to keep birds off Patricia 


Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:45

Hello forkers

overcast, humid, very warm and misty morning. not really wet though. should be lovely for walkimg in.

hope Im wrong about the blight Dove but sounds a sensible move to keep toms apart although blight is airborne I think.  

The recent rain has made so much growth but I think from tomorrow hot dry weather is returning 

expecting a parcel of plants today....these are replacements from a different supplier for damaged plants received last week. Feel like a kid when plants arrive  

Wild crocosmia is not flowering

Posted: 14/07/2015 at 07:38

montbretia thrives on neglect I think.  I suspect you have been feeding it, watering it and prob mulching it..or at least planted in compost enriched soil 


Posted: 13/07/2015 at 22:08

You think you have frightened me Fishy?  I can keep more than 20 paces away so I'm safe. Smart me,,see! 

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