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Latest posts by wrightt

Slippery decking

Posted: 16/11/2013 at 13:54

Does anyoneknow how to stop decking being/getting slippery. I have a bridge over my stream and a sitting area over my pond and though I have tried power washing them and scrubbing hard and have removed all the lichen, they are still very slippery and I can soon see myself ending up in the pond if I cannot solve this problem.

dead-pittosporum

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 17:37

Most climber should work, try a clematis and or a rose or a honeysuckle.

Silver birch groups

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 17:29

I have 7 of them all growing about 2-3m apart and I have cyclamen and colchicum growing immediately around them  i.e within 12 " and then narcissus in the middle. about 2' away.

Clay soil

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 17:20

Clay is full of nutrients and most plants do quite well as long as it is not solid, dry so you cannot dig it. People normally tell you to add in grit but I found that easier said than done as when I dug a whole I had one solid lump of clay on the end of my spade.  My garden is on so solid  a clay that all we had to do to get a pond was to dig a hole. I have yellow clay and blue clay. My chidren made vases out of it and I dried them in the oven and they are excellent vases I still use. The flower beds were wet and cold in winter and like concrete in the summer, I have however had alot of success with Cynara Cardons, roses, clematis, day lilies,  fox gloves, ferns, grasses, hostas, some irises, snow drops, daffodials and crocus and for trees, acers, cherries, hawthorns, etc then if it stays wetish you can try astilbe, ligularia etc. Most shrubs are ok as well from hydangeas to spireas and weigelas. In fact all sorts of things. Just make sure you dig a hole at least twice as large and deep as the pot of the plant you are putting in and add lots and lots of compost, and make sure you water when needed.In addition ever year I pile about 7 -10cm of homemade compost on top of my clay soil, no chance of digging it in but I have found that the worms absorb it into the clay and over the 11 years I have added it,  I now have about 30cm  or more of lovely soil before I hit the heavy clay. Even after the first year I added it there was quite a lot of improvement, so much so that I often forget that I am on very heavy clay until I decided to create an annual wild flower meadow and had to strip of the turf. I ran my Mantis over it which just scratched the top few  inches but I still sowed it and it has been lovely all summer.

eucalyptus

Posted: 21/09/2013 at 16:50

Does anyone know the best time of year to  crown lift my huge eucalyptus as some of the branches are around head height and I am fed up with hitting mine on the branches?

Odd Black insect

Posted: 12/09/2013 at 21:27

We found an odd looking black insect walking along the hall carpet. It was about 4cm long, thin and black and could lift its tail, looking very much like a small black scorpian. Has anyone any idea waht it could have been?

Horsetail - can I nip it in the bud?

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 19:38

Any chance of getting some because I have heard that is you treat it like Comfrey and spray it diluted on roses they will not get black spot or rust. 

Amazing results especially for bees

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 19:33

I used a turf cutter on a smallish patch about 1m by 2m and one mower width away from my pond and sowed it with a low wildlife meadow mix I bought from Meadow Mania. It was quite windy in March when I sowed since the garden was too wet to use the turf cutter before  March and  I am on solid clay soil. It looked like it was an utter disaster in May but by the end of June, early July it began to flower and looked amazing. It has never been watered or fed and I have just come back from 2 weeks away and found it is still full of flowers though these are different from the ones flowering in July. There are always at least 8-10 or even more bees in this small bed and about 4-5 butterflies which is more than on by buddlia. My garden is very wildlife friendly and won best large wildlife garden in Dorset last year. It is quite large and I have all sorts of things from slugs and snails, rabbits and deer and badgers, to other less destructive wildlife. None of the destructive ones have touched this bed and growing the short meadow mix means that the wind has not knocked it over and even my dog running through it has not damaged it. I am going to dig up more of my lawn in the autumn and add some more meadow mix, adding crocus etc for even earlier blooms for the bees etc. I will be leaving a walking/mower area around it. I would encourage all of you to sow some of this even in a pot on a balcony since the result is so amazing and the wildlife love it.

Talkback: RSPB Giving Nature a Home

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 19:26
I used a turf cutter on a smallish patch about 1m by 2m and one mower width away from my pond and sowed it with a low wildlife meadow mix I bought from Meadow Mania. It was quite windy in March when I sowed since the garden was too wet to use the turf cutter before the end of March. It looked like it was an utter disaster in May but in end of June, early July it began to flower and looked amazing. It has never been watered or fed and I have just come back from 2 weeks away and found it is still full of flowers though these are different from the ones flowering in July. There are always at least 8-10 bumble bees in this small bed and about 4-5 butterflies which is more than on by buddlia. My garden is very wildlife friendly and won best large wildlife garden in Dorset last year. It is quite large and I have all sorts of things from slugs and snails, rabbits and deer and badgers, to other less destructive wildlife. None of the destructive ones have touched this bed and growing the short meadow mix means that the wind has not knocked it over and even my dog running through it has not damaged it. I am going to dig up more of my lawn in the autumn and add some more meadow mix, adding crocus for even earlier blooms for the bees etc. I will leaving a walking/mower area around it. I would encourage all of you to sow some of this even in a pot on a balcony since the result is so amazing and the wildlife love it.

Restoration of a Victorian lawn mower

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 22:47

I found a Victorian lawn mower under an old sheet on a high shelf in an old Victorian shed I had taken down (since it was falling down) and would like to have the mower  restored. A person form the lawn mower museum has offered to do this in Merseyside but the mower is in Dorset and since it is made from cast iron and wood it is very heavy so I cannot post it. Does anyone know who may restore it in the Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex or London area?

Discussions started by wrightt

Astilbe

Cutting back 
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Ligularia przewalskii

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Very slopping area

What to put next to the steps down in blank canvas slopping site 
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Raining again

Garden under water trees fallen down 
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Slippery decking

Decking is like an ice rink 
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Last Post: 16/05/2014 at 15:31

eucalyptus

Crown lifting 
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Last Post: 21/09/2013 at 20:50

Odd Black insect

Found in the hall 
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Last Post: 12/09/2013 at 21:41

Amazing results especially for bees

I have commented on the blog but please all try this 
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Last Post: 04/08/2013 at 22:10

Restoration of a Victorian lawn mower

 
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Vertical green walls

Using rock wool 
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A book on roses

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Dead Daphne

One dead and another dying 
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Ponds for wildlife

Depths and shapes of ponds that amphibians seem to prefer. 
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