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Plant now for a golden future: Alan Titchmarsh’s tips on growing daffodils and …

Just when you thought that summer was coming to an end, and it was all over bar the sweeping up, nature offers you a chance to do something new, to plant afresh for next season. You see, while this may not be the end of the year for some plants, it is the beginning of the year for others – daffodils in particular.

It may seem a trifle early but the sooner you get your daffs and narcissi into the ground, the better established they will become next spring.

For years I was a devotee of large and beefy daffs such as ‘King Alfred’ and ‘Carlton’, with their bright yellow trumpets held on 18-inch-high stems. But 

I did get a bit fed up with the blooms bending down to the ground in heavy rain, perfect for slugs and snails to hop on and nibble them to bits.

Thank goodness, then, for a range of miniature daffodils that have a more diminutive habit but still plenty of grace. They are delicate in appearance but tough in constitution, and their scale – at between 6in and 1ft – is far better suited to the small garden.

Article source: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/garden/602171/How-to-grow-daffodils-September-2015

Garden Tips: Fall is good time to reseed, resod grass

This summer was tough on lawns, especially those where watering was restricted. Owners of ravaged lawns are wondering what to do now.

First, assess the damage. Are spots and areas truly dead, or did the grass just go dormant? With cooler weather and more water available, dormant grass should be starting to show signs of life. Check the brown areas closely, looking for new grass blades. Once water becomes available, grass that is dormant greens back up within two weeks.

If no green growth is apparent and patches are a crispy, yellow-brown or a grayish color, it is likely the grass is dead. Fall is a good time to reseed or resod those areas, as long as water is available.

Because it takes some grass seed, like Kentucky bluegrass, up to two weeks to germinate, seeding must be done early to allow time seed to germinate and grow mature enough before frosts occur and before water is turned off. The average date of the first hard frost in this area is Oct. 15, so lawns must be seeded in early September. Resodding can be done later in the fall, as long as water is available and the soil is not frozen.

Water is critical to the success of reseeding and resodding. The soil must be kept moist to enable germination and provide moisture for root growth. If water is unavailable, you will be wasting time and money.

If more than 50 percent of your lawn is dead, consider complete renovation. Get rid of the dead grass and thatch before you reseed or resod. Seed and sod roots must be in touch with bare soil. Do this by mowing as low as possible and then using a rake, dethatching machine, or sod cutter, to remove grass and thatch. Once you have bare soil, apply a starter fertilizer and the seed at the recommended rates on the labels and then rake the seed into the top of the soil.

If 25 percent to 50 per cent of your lawn is dead, complete renovation can be avoided with over-seeding. First, mow a height of 1.5 inches. Then, rent a machine called a slit seeder, or ire a lawn care company. The slit seeder cuts through the grass and thatch and into the soil, dropping grass seed into the slit it creates. If you do this yourself, make two passes over the area in opposite directions. Make sure the seed is planted at least one-fourth-inch deep in the soil, and finish with an application of lawn starter fertilizer and a light raking.

Next, moisture is needed to promote the germination and growth of the seedlings. This can be tricky, because you need to water frequently to keep the soil moist but not too wet. Excess moisture can lead to disease problems. Once the grass germinates and plants develop several leaves, you should water more deeply and less frequently.

For lawns that survived the heat and are still green and growing, fall is the best time to fertilize. Apply fall lawn fertilizer in early September and again in early November.

Marianne C. Ophardt is a horticulturist for Washington State University Benton County Extension.

Article source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/living/home-garden/marianne-ophardt/article33848283.html

Deakinlock of Bungay secures Society of Garden Designers Awards nomination

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Part of the rectory garden near Bury St Edmunds for which Bungay-based Deakinlock has received a nomination in the 2015 Society of Garden Designers Awards.

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Bungay-based Deakinlock Garden Design, owned by Jason Lock and Chris Deakin, has been shorlisted in the annual Society of Garden Designers (SGD)Awards.

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Their scheme for a Gothic-style rectory near Bury St Edmunds, which is in the running for the People’s Choice award, is one of 38 projects shorlisted in the 2015 awards, the winners of which are to be announced in Jaunuary.

The SGD is the only professional association for garden designers in the UK and counts some of the UK’s leading garden and landscape designers among its growing membership. The SGD Awards cover all aspects of design from private domestic gardens to public spaces.

Mr Lock and Mr Deakin, both formerly of Notcutts, formed their business in 2008.

Mr Lock said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted for an award. The garden represented a real challenge creating a new drive and approach to the house giving it the grandeur that it deserved.

“We worked very closely with our client and Stewarts Landscapes, the contractor, to develop the garden and deliver a high quality finish to the project over 18 months”

The SGD Awards were judged by a panel that included landscape architects, university lecturers, design journalists and garden historians. Entries were open to projects with a practical completion period covering five years, reflecting the important contribution of time in the creation of landscape.

SGD chair Philippa O’Brien said: “The SGD Awards are vigorously contested. With more entries than ever this year we know that we are looking at the very best in garden design.

“Our awards recognise the skill and professionalism that go into creating an award-winning garden and celebrate the achievements of our members.”

Article source: http://www.eadt.co.uk/business/deakinlock_of_bungay_secures_society_of_garden_designers_awards_nomination_1_4221014

Dream Home in the making on Merritt Island

If Lady Luck is very, very nice to you after you enter HGTV’s 2016 Dream Home sweepstakes, you may just walk away with promises to be one of the most outstanding homes in Brevard County when it is completed later this year.

Luck will indeed have to beam upon you, because about 100 million entries are expected in the highly popular contest that annually awards a residence where architects and interior designers work their magic without constraints.

It’s the 20th. year for the home giveaway, and HGTV wanted to go for the gold in design and location.

One hundred homes were considered before the waterfront residence on Merritt Island was chosen. In previous sweepstakes, HGTV has previously built Dream Homes from scratch; this is the first remodel for the contest.

For many people, the 1990s-era, three-bedroom/three-bath, 3,100-square-foot home tucked away in a quiet neighborhood that overlooks the watery playground of Indian River dolphins is visually striking and mighty fine as is. Viewers can expect an extraordinarily supreme face-lift that will transform an already good-looking house into a super-residence.

Although HGTV remains mum about specific renovation details — as well as about the local building team tasked with the project — until the finished home is unveiled in December, Atlanta-based residential interior designer Bryan Patrick Flynn described what viewers can expect from this year’s Dream Home.

“The house has great bones and is situated in an incredible lot with tons of space, but it was built for the now rather than being timeless,” Flynn says.

“When you think of a Dream Home, you think of something to dream about. To get the Dream Home, we are doing nearly a full gut job. We want it to be timeless.”

Born and raised in Florida, Flynn is well-versed in Sunshine State design aesthetics, and, yes, he does plan to go coastal, but with a twist.

“It will be a classic spin on coastal property,” he says.

“It’s inspired by the Hamptons, with a very muted, soft and watery palette and some jewel tones. This will be a classic spin on coastal property.”

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The abundant natural light plays a big part in the home’s design and Flynn’s design will highlight its glow. Many walls are going to make way for more light playing throughout the house.

Whitewashed wood floors from Lumber Liquidators unify the entire first floor, from the foyer to the bathrooms.

The existing sliding glass doors will be replaced with a remarkably tall set of French doors that will seem to disappear when open, so the home’s fortunate future homeowner can take full advantage of breezes and sights.

For furnishings, Flynn is zeroing in on classic design, primarily from Ethan Allen’s transitional line.

“They will never go out of style,” he says.

As for art to grace the walls, Flynn is heading to Orlando to purchase pieces made in Central Florida.

Window treatments in rooms with river views will remain understated and in the same color family as the walls. He has reserved the flashier patterns for the windows of rooms without river views.

Already impressive landscaping is undergoing a massive change. Royal palms now line the entrance to the three-car garage home with Spanish tile roof. Big changes will be forthcoming in the landscaping department.

“It will be a lot more manicured,” Flynn says.

“As you walk up, you will be greeted with an outdoor seating area.”

One of the few spots in the property that won’t get a thorough redo is the pool.

“It’s perfect for the lot, so we’re just cosmetically dressing it up,” Flynn says.

While the home’s kitchen footprint is not changing, the space is being transformed through the use of a combination of dark and light tones and a spectacular backsplash.

[Related: Dream Home video]

In the upstairs master suite, Flynn has a design that will allow the homeowners to enjoy the river views without even having to leave their bed. Although he promises splashes of color in the guest bathrooms, he has opted for an all-white master bath.

“It never gets dated,” he says.

In the Dream Home promotional video, HGTV host and narrator Josh Temple notes that the house will have you “living the dream.”

Even if, alas, the dream doesn’t turn into reality and you are not the 2016 Dream Home winner, you can still benefit from its existence.

“It’s going to inspire viewers with some really good ideas,” Flynn promises.

Article source: http://www.floridatoday.com/story/life/home-garden/spaces/2015/09/04/dream-home-making-merritt-island/71643570/

Celebrities will offer tips at Raleigh home shows

September means two home shows are coming to Raleigh.

Next weekend, the Raleigh Home Show fills the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh.

What may be the star of this show is a treehouse that will be built inside the convention center by Holly Springs-based RB Landscaping. This will not be a few planks of two-by-fours and a wooden pallet; organizers describe it as a “custom treetop mini mansion,” which show-goers can walk through and enjoy.

The show’s more traditional stars include Kevin O’Connor of “This Old House” on PBS and “This New House” on the DIY Network, and Leanne Lee, a blogger and expert in upcycling known as the “Diva of DIY.”

O’Connor will share a behind-the-scenes look at the two television shows and show never aired video and photos from the archives and his private collection. He speaks at 6 p.m. Sept. 11, and 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 12.

Lee will share her environmentally friendly upcycling ideas at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 and 1 p.m. Sept. 11-12.

The Raleigh Home Show is 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sept. 11, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 12 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 13.

Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children under 12. Advance tickets are available online. On Sept. 11, all active and retired military personnel get free admission with valid identification.

To see a full schedule, go to downtownraleighhomeshow.com.

The Southern Ideal Home Show returns later this month to the state fairgrounds in Raleigh with HGTV star Hillary Farr, co-host of “Love it or List It.”

The popular HGTV show has been filming recently in the Triangle. Farr will share her design expertise at question-and-answer sessions at noon and 3:30 p.m. Sept. 26.

For the second year in a row, the event will feature local chefs and breweries offering food and drink samples, including Compass Rose Brewery, White Street Brewing Co., Deep River Brewing Co., Bull City Ciderworks, Raleigh Brewing, Mother Earth Brewing, Oval Park Grille and Kamado Grille.

The show is 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 26 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 27.

Advance tickets go on sale Sept. 24 for $7. At the door and online, tickets are $9. Children under 15 get in free with a paying adult. On Sept. 25, tickets are $7 for age 55 and older and free for those with active and valid military, police, fire or EMT identification. Parking is free.

For more details, go to southernshows.com/hfr.

Article source: http://www.newsobserver.com/living/home-garden/article33687117.html

Small backyard landscaping ideas: Rundown Sydney terrace becomes an urban …

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Your guide to September lawn and garden chores



By Mary Beth Breckenridge

Beacon Journal home writer


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A bulb auger attached to your drill makes quick work of planting spring flowering bulbs in your garden. (Home, Garden Homestead)




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Spring-flowering bulbs like these Narcissus Mallee need to be planted in the fall. (Home, Garden Homestead)




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Spring flowering bulbs like these Darwin tulips need to be planted in the fall. (Home, Garden Homestead)










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Nigerian Youths Urged To Take Up Landscaping, Gardening Business

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Gardening Tips: Most Hawaii plants not suitable for NC

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