Latest posts by Verdun

Problem with Phlox

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 09:43


water is the solution.  I would make sure your phlox is well watered and does not dry out next season.  I would water well, feed well and mulch well in spring.  I would make a sort of moat around the base with mulch and regularly keep it watered. 

No, phlox mildew does not affect anything else, as far as I know, but dry conditions will cause mildew on  similarly prone plants like scabious.  Same solution,,viz., to keep watered.

agree with Hazsl about air flow.......most plants will need space to grow well 

Dogwood Dilemma

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:38


usually you would cut dogwoods down in the spring thus enjoying the red stems over winter,.  

However, I would go out there now and cut every stem to within a few buds of the ground.  It will be fine anf job done.  In early spring give it a feed of fush blood and bone or dried manure.  Thereafter prune every spring 

my garden

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 19:44

Roffey, can feel the mediterranean from here.   Lovely 

how about a grass or two like helictotrichon or a perennial like libertia to continue the spikey theme with a difference in colour?   Would a feathery, tactile, silver rounded artemisia like Powys Castle offer a nice contrast?  and maybe a silver convolvulous cneorum with its velvety foliage and flowers?

Moving a peony

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 19:35


yes move it.  Do it now.

get as big a rootball as possible.....they are reputedly difficult to reflower when moved but this is not true.

yes,,you can keep it in a pot for a while

do not plant too deep......planting too deep is why peonies do not flower.  They need to feel the sun on heir least the do not plant behind taller plants or plant groundcover around them.  Plant slightly proud of the soil surface

you are not likely to lose it so move it with confidence.  Warm soil, warm spot and compost added to the plamting mix.  

Last edited: 03 September 2016 19:37:03

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:43

Joyce, they enjoy some moisture. But  shade?  My garden is pretty much in good light with some dappled shade created by taller planting.  My Wild Swans are in as shady a spot as possible bit I think sun is needed for good prolonged fowering 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:29

Pat, it's the way they are I think...fickle 

however, I had to try them in different parts of the garden before they thrived.

despite the fact they are sometimes grown as hedging they prefer good conditions.  I suspect conditions in your back garden are better pat..? 

Are they dry?  have you tried watering them? 

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:13

They are thugs.   Not really suitable for the average garden as they usually spread where they are not wamted. some people love 'em and say they are well behaved.

they can be difficult to eradicate once established 

go for anemone Wild Swan instead 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:43

Oh, alrighty then 

Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:41


  I took matters into my own hands maybe 15 years ago.  2 single  tall thin leylandii. When they were on holiday I got over the wall and cut them down.  Bit risky.....well, very risky.  A rope, a ladder, a saw  and a friend.  The second tree just missed neighbour's GH.  I did enjoy that day.  

Determined not to be on the back foot I left a note saying why I cut them.  The main reason was it was clear the trees were never going to be cut despite me asking them several times. My argument was they said they would so I assumed they would be fine if I just did it. 

neighbour relations were a bit tense for a while 

Ah!  Good times 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:27

Aym.....keep up!  not Jubatum.  Pennisetum Villosum 

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