Verdun


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Polemonium advice

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:51

The best thing about Cheerfulness is the SCENT. Probably the strongest scent of all the daffs...

Pruning of camellia

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:15

Crossed there DR 

Pruning of camellia

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 17:13

Jennifer, camellias are easy to prune and respond well to it. 


Prune back as hard aa you like...you can do it now since you will lose flowers anyway.


take every stem back ....ideally to green shoots but not essential.  It will green up well, don't worry 


you want it 3' lower so go for 4' .  It will bush out well.


In subsequent years tip prune to increase density.  


You will lose flowers for at least one year, possibly two, but it will be a more convenient size for you to deal with 

Last edited: 21 September 2016 17:16:08

Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:52

Yes kitty, the very stuff.  


Won't  increass acidity by much tho LB.  Sulphur chips will 

Dahlias Dying

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:50

True LB but they are so elusive.....soon as I approach "ere we go" they say and scarper.    Good eh? Got it from the Beano 


A simple upturned pot stuffed with paper on a short cane will trap earwigs Anna 

Flower bed

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 16:45

Snowy, re lilies don't jjst think colour think scent...Check out liliul Regale.  Wonderful mid summer scent.


you do need to check soil...PH  if yoh want azaleas and many of the lilies. 


Have to disagree about hydrangeas......I grow one called Limelight and it produces huge white flowerheads all summer...still in flower now..  It will lift your garden.  It is an easy prune type too

Dahlias Dying

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 15:06

Snail damage there Anna.......i find snails hatch out in large numbers in early autumn.....go out with a torch and look hard.  Small snails are likely so pick 'em off.   This is the mad season for snails....as bad as early spring 


Also check under those pots and see if any slugs are lurking there.


porridge?  Porridge for snails?  Its bears that like porridge Anna   porridge will not kill or deter snails.  


You either pick off slugs and snails at night or put down a few pellets.  Nematodes will not work on snails.  Third option is to put copper tape around the rim of your pots.  This is very effective for anything climbing the pots but does nothing for anything in the soil/compost 

Acid soil

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:41

Kitty, go online and type in sulphur chips.  


Meanwhile a spray now and then of epsom salts helps ericaceous plants......a tonic and source of magnesium.   I would do this asap and then again in early spring and early summer


Your "killer spot". .......clearly not the compost but the situation.  Cold draught?  Or does a cat visit ? 

Lawn and Crane fly eggs

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 14:35

AlastairS


yes, I treat mine every year.......done 4 weeks back.  Very effective


sounds very much like leatherjackets so apply nematodes asap


take care to keep lawn moist for a week or so sfter applocation.


oh!  You will need a coarse rose for your watering cane....often from nematode supplier 

Lawn care

Posted: 21/09/2016 at 12:41

As I said before, there is no mystery about lawn products.


the ingredients to feed the grass, kill weeds and moss are standard ones so look for the cheapest......and boy do the prices vary. 


my lawn feed over recent years was from Lidl at a fraction of the price of the well known .......but no different...brands.  i also buy it from pound shops.....same product.  As a matter of information the discount shops sell a whole range of garden products at very reduced prices.....pelleted chcken manure for example at less than half the cost;   a month back it cost me a couple of pounds including a free box. 


an awful waste of money paying professional companies to do what is pretty simple and straightforward.  


If you are unable physically to do the work yourself I am sure friends, neighbours or even local gardeners would fill in for you.  Basically, twice a year for a pretty good lawn 

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