Latest posts by Verdun

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:21

Alex, yes that is exactly what they do if they like it where they are. I have a large spread of them but I will be restricting them in autumn. 

Yes again. You can split them etc.   You will find runners too that you can pull back;  do this with a handful if prolific.  Don't plant them out but pot them up.  Let them grow away next spring and then plant  out your well grown rudbeckias 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 21:10

Busy,,anemone WILD Swan.  

Echinacea White Swan

having seen your garden Busy I know you have loads of other beautiful plants 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 19:01

Hey Fairy, you are getting rather good there  

mind you if you have crane flies they will be looking for someone's lawn.

I think it could be a cyclical thing, i.e. Crane flies apparently return to the same site every year.  On my front lawn it is always on the same part.  They ignore my back lawn...heavier soil there.

anyway my nematodes have been applied and the sprinkler already turned on.  supposed to be misty tonight too making it ideal for the nems 

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:52

Kitty, it is clear you didn't pinch it early enough.  The stems show this to be the case.  My cosmos all have multiple stems from low down as a direct result of pinching back starting from very young plants. Cosmos will want to grow and grow of you let them 

mind you Kitty it will look superb in mid September 


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:46

Lynne, hellebores can resent being moved so give it time.  Patience!

   if it has made lots of growth it is happy.  I think it is playing "catch up" .......wouldn't be at all surprised if it flowered next spring.

digging ot up again will just make it worse.  Leave well alone.  A mulch in autumn and I would cut the leaves off then too.....I always do this anyway.  

Let us know 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 18:41

Isn't summer great aym ? 

Leather Jackets

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:54

Alexis, it is essential that you keep the lawn moist for at least a week now.  The nematodes will die if the surface dries out.

my nematodes arrived today.  I will apply them when it cools down 


Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:46

Made a base for mine half way down several years ago now.  Picked up half a dozen or so over a "keen" period.  Suppose they are worth a bit now.     

I did paint mine....often they were painted anyway....but in a stone coloured masonry paint.  Worn well and look natural. 

Nice for aeoniums and grasses 

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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:34

Just imagine how tall your cosmos would have been if it wasn't pinched kitty    However,,if it has "more of a trunk than a stem" it wasn't pinched back enough or early enough. Pinching would produce several fairly equal stems 

it has been a cosmos year though, hasn't it?  My white cosmos....pinched several also well over 5' but they is self supporting despite the stiff wind last weekend.  If they were not pinched they would have blown over.  

not quite pinching but cutting back in May has given me sturdy self supporting and fully flowering sedums now too.  .  

So pinching and cutting back are ...usually..worth it 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:23

Beautiful day local beach is relatively free of too many people so a quick dip today again.    Wather wefweshing

feel a little sorry for the south east tomorrow.....supposed to be very hot indeed and for a few days.  It should be a little cooler here ...just enough to make it pleasant 

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