Latest posts by Verdun

My lawn is destroyed by What?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 22:46

bird damage caused by a food supply in the lawn, viz., leatherjackets.  Apply nematodes LazyGardener 

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 21:49


yes use on soil or in containers.  

Consider nematodes though.....still time to use them. 

Neither nematodes nor provado is effective on adult weevils....bioth to control the grubs in the soil 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 21:15

Aym, try to post Ruffled Swan in sunlight tomorrow morn .....I prefer it to Wild Swan.  Semi double flowers and more erect 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 20:34

Evening aym,

think you are referring to agastache Blue Boa.  Or maybe you mean the blue backs on anemone Ruffled Swan? 

Yes, flowers  would have been fully open during the day I guess.  

Just realised I should have posted pics on garden pic thread.....

Last edited: 29 August 2016 20:37:27

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:59

There is a path behind that red canna...there are canna Pretorias beyond you can't  see from here.  50 to 60'  to red canna Joyce. 

Below is a view of a different part from a bedroom window just as sun is going down......hmmm!  8 pm and light is fading already .  The miscanthus, a favourite of mine,  is over 7' tall so canna Trop Gold is way above it.  Not quite open fully is a large group of salvia uliginosa next to canna to carry blue flowers well into November.  The cannas should be full of flowers by then too so autumn can be just as colourful as summer folks ..  So plant for autumn ! 

Preparing for new lawn / clay soil issues

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 19:02

Marvin, yes at times it is "backbreaking work" but it's worth it.  Looks like the easier bits now though.  Think of the pleasure though when your lawn is lush and green 

Am I wasting my time?

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 17:29

Linda, 2' x 2' x 3' isn't very big for a pear.  

give Deacon's Nurseries a ring....they are very helpful and straight talking.  There are pears on relatively  dwarf root stocks now.  Ask fheir opinion and advice.  They will supply at the right time too if you both agree it is a good idea. 

let us know how you get on.   

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 17:20

cut  lawns, transplanted a large group of Imperata Red Baron next to hosta Liberty....nice contrast of shape and colour now, moved deschampsia in full flower,  cut back delphinium that has flowered twice already this year. (i find cutting back before too many flowers have gone over helps it flower again quickly;  If like last year it will flower again in October) and picked beans and tomatoes.  Taken a few more cuttings.  And it is roasting . Lovely 

not much going over here 

Last edited: 29 August 2016 17:22:25

Water Gel Crystals

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 17:12

madpenguin, I agree with the others.  There is no sunstitute for regular watering but perhaps you could look to the compost you are using 

i gave up hanging baskets ...too fiddly and too time consuming ....but the best were when I mixed sieved garden soil, maybe 10% or so, to the compost.  This increased the weight making it less blown about and it seemed to hold moisture much better.   Still needed daily watering though 

Preparing for new lawn / clay soil issues

Posted: 29/08/2016 at 17:03

May I be the first to welcome you then Marvin 

one it reasonably sunny there?  If so what you are doing and planning to do is fine.   i notice a fine area of grass already there so the signs are good.

September is one of the best times to sow grass seed...I would go for a dwarf rye, pretty common mix freely available

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