Latest posts by Verdun

My flowers ..

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 13:50

Hit you in the eye colours ...........the heleniums are all around 180 cm 

Lopsided hydrangea

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 13:32

wakeshine, plants all together in one pot

the lithodora flowers before the hydarangea and the cross over is short lived.  Yes, the blue (subtle) theme.  

leave it for now...enjoy those flowers.

more buds so flowers to come too

I too like plants balanced, etc., but in this case it will be temporary.  For sure.  Pruning in due time will sort that.

ironically,,here in Cornwall much of the land is acid and we can grow rhodos, camellias, and blue hydrangeas are everywhere.  Here, near the coast, it is more alkaline.  

Love blue flowers...have countless blues so a blue hydrangea would have been great.  However, grow what suits your soil, conditions etc.   offen amuses me when I see people buying red hydrangeas as well as blue ones....they seem never to be informed about the effect of their soil

my reason for  potting on was simply to make a feature, to ensure it was in a soil based compost and not because it needed potting.  With other lower plants being in a bigger pot would suit I think 

Lopsided hydrangea

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:16

No, Wakeshine.  In your neutral to alkaline soil your hydrangea will tend to turn purple even red/purple so do not plamt it out.  No matter how much ericaceous compost you add or how many sulphur chips etc., the lime in the surrounding soil will permeate into your rootball.  

Incidentally, your camellia is actually more lime tolerant than many think..    I grow them in my neutral soil very well. 

I would be inclined to make a feature of your Blaumese Wakeshine.  A bigger pot, a john innes ericaceous soil and a cascading lithodora heavenly blue to complement it.  A few hyacinth or tulip bulbs too.  

Teller Blue was on my own shopping list a couple of years back but I stick to white or red ones to suit my soil

if you like hydrangeas check out the paniculata varieties 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 12:04

Ah, are learning fast 

New Pond; old water tank

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:38

treehugger may be right; not sure.  I...worth checking it out Pokhim but don't paint it yet  

hey!  That looks great; really great........the grasses add movement and style.  Morning Light is one of my favourite miscanthus grasses. 

Lovely have done well 

can I have the hat?   

Getting disillusioned with my greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:30

Excellent Onopordum.  Practical solution 

Lopsided hydrangea

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:27

It will be fine Wakeshine 

do you intend to keep it in thar pot or plant it out?

if the former I would pot it on using a soil based ericaceous compost.

as it grows the plant will balance itself plus the pruning later.  

Beautiful plant 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:20

My comment referred to John's newly planted hydrangea !   It was planted 6 weeks ago ! 

Getting disillusioned with my greenhouse

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 11:13

Ha ha.

just thought that thinking it is a "freaky" season can overlook some practical measures we can take.  This is an "advice" forum after all! 

If I recall correctly, this "freaky" weather is mentioned well, every year. 

Besides KT53,......

talking to a friend recently....the same I helped in her overgrown garden......she said it was the "unusual" weather that has made her brambles and thistles grow so much.  I said it was more likely that she didn't pull them out.   Ah!  KT53, I didn't agree with her either but it had the desired effect 

Hydrangea watering

Posted: 09/08/2016 at 08:26

No amount of watering will help if the roots are congested..........????? 

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