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Grass seeding sandy soil

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:47

Nelly, the roller is not the way to go.  It merely rides with the hollows and mounds.

you need to re rake and re firm....walk on it with your heels.  Rake again.  Heel walk again.  I do this numerous times as this is the most important part of preparing a decent lawn.  It can be arduous but I get huge satisfaction creating that level tilth.

if you are getting top soil keep it on the surface and incorporate it when you rake.


Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:41

I think you are right Yvie......when I shave in the mornings the shaver cannot obscure my reflected beauty 

with all that rain yesterday all my grasses are standing tall and elegant.  I guess most roses in flower, esp the doubles, are looking sorry for themselves right now.  So get out there and deadhead asap but watch for those brambles 


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:34


nice, bright and calm here with sun pushing out more by the minute 

a fine weekend in the offing 

just had a phone call from a local nursery.....they have mamaged to get me a couple more Rudbeckias I was too but superb quality.

I think I have persuaded her to stock more agastaches and others ....the echibeckias are tempting her too. She needs someone to run another nursery she is opening up........????


Yellowing leaves and leaf tips

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 12:26


I think the problem is it's in a pot.

I grow Fascination, Alba, Erika, and they like good regular moisture and good root run.   I posted a picture 3 weeks or so back and it grows 5' plus.  As far as Im aware veronicastrums ( fantastic structural and flowering plants)  are robust, healthy and problem free.

although it does enjoy good moisture the humidity, etc. and being in that small pot probably caused your issues.

get it into the ground,,in good well fed, moisture retentive soil


Posted: 14/08/2015 at 07:23

Hello forkers 

dry...DRY.     So much rain for so long over past 24 hours.  Sunshine expected so hopefully back to normal.  Feels less humid too.


Stringy runner beans

Posted: 14/08/2015 at 07:19

Prob the water simply running through that (now weak) compost.  Growbags will never hold water sufficiently for a stable moisture supply.  Dont uss growbags for beans

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 23:30

Pppppppppagan.  I am shocked 

ah! I get it Screen your roses from view 

Rosemary cuttings

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 23:12

Now is fine Conifer .  

I will be taking cuttings in a day or so too.  Have a particularly fine dark blue flowered upright rosemary. most rosemarys I see have weak washed out blue flowers. 

Blocked Hose Pipe - Help!!

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 23:02

Maybe just buy another hose???  

I think trying to locate where the blockage is will be difficult.  However. Have one more attempt.  Turn on the tap again,,part way, and tap with a hammer at different points along the hose.  I would expect the blockage to shift.  Once it does turn tap on full.  

If it doesn't clear buy another hose Bmerry8 

Boring, boring rosesN

Posted: 13/08/2015 at 22:55

Yvie, yvie made me choke on my donut then.  "Bbbbbbboring ornamental grasses".   

Do you grow them?  Are they swaying, billowing and whispering in your garden?  Any with red foliage? With blue foliage?  With variegated foliage?  any providing structure? Anything in your garden that's flowered since June?  anything providing foliage from late March through the winter?   

"Swathes"?  Don't need swathes.  Grasses dotted about are extremely beautiful and robust. Heavy prolonged rain and strong winds are resisted unlike most perennials that need to be staked.

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Even you hard hearts......

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