Posted: 03/02/2014 at 17:48
Hello folks, I'm back from my visit to daughter and son in law. The wet weather is causing all sorts of problems - they live near a river and the rats have been flooded out of their usual haunts and have invaded the gardens in their road. The rat man has been to attend to them, but I saw a huge one in the garden when I was there. Everyone has stopped feeding the birds, but the rats are in the sewage system and tunnelling their way out of the sewers and up into the lawns
My most successful P. vialii were grown in a new North-east facing garden, formerly arable land on High Suffolk clay with lots of added organic matter. They grew well and were divided and replanted every year and were gorgeous.
We moved and I've never been able to repeat the success.