Latest posts by Verdun

Dwarf rhodendron issue

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:12

Hilltoppers,  couple of things for me.....have you been over watering it.?  it looks that way or it has succumbed to a form of phytophthora.  Either way I think it is dead.  It should not be looking like that at this time of year, green under the bark or not. 

why did you move it?  I think your plant suffered earlier in the year.  

Possible vine weevil damage .....if you decide to get rid check the roots 

Last edited: 15 October 2016 18:14:25

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 18:04

Anything wider Wills?   Another foot would be better but a rambling rose will need a lot of space will encroach widely if not trained properly.  have you any sort of framework for it to climb on?

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:54

Hiya Paula

depends on which carex you have but most like heavy moist soil....unlike true grasses.

so, john innes number 2 or 3 .....not crucial.  3 just has extra nutrients but its more important that you use soil as in John innes.

don't use mpc Paula 

Last edited: 15 October 2016 17:55:34

Skimmia leaves

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:45

Copperdog, snails for me too.  Or slugs.  Lift your pots and check underneath for small slugs hiding there. Place a few slug pellets ....just half a dozen....on top of the pots.  

Copper tape is effective too around the rim of the pot 

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:39

Wills....wont be the end of the world either way.  See what David Austin say.  

I am a great believer in compost etc rather than adding more top soil but if you feel more soil is better that's fine.  

In my case, the sentimental rose deserved the best I could do at planting time.  The "best" means organic matter. 

I think we are agreed that mpc is not ideal......fine for temporary potting up etc but not long term. 

a foot wide is not much....can you make this part of your border a little wider?  Maybe to curve out a bit? A narrow border, paradoxically, requires more maintenance as plants do not grow as well as they would in a larger one.

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:25

Rain and more rain all morning.  Sun in the afternoon.  Feeling warm though.

however, the rain has helped settle my new planting area.    Think it may well be a mixture of grasses, sanguisorbas and foliage.  The rain has made me think again about planting combos.  

Hmmmmm!  I was asked to dig up a yucca so I said yes, I can do it on Saturday.    Not quite as quick as I had anticipated but the weather came up trumps and I did get it out.  Don't plant these vicious things folks.  They really aren't garden plants. 

Last edited: 15 October 2016 17:27:17

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 17:14

Wills, so much confusion about growing roses isn't there?   Go by David Austin...they know a thing or two.

I often ask for feedback on the forum because most of us here do things our own way.  

My reason for saying prepare a much larger planting hole is because I would open out those roots at this time of year, almost like planting bare root.  

Planting hole

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:33

David Austin advises that their roses should be planted DEEPER than the level they were in the least 2" deeper I think from memory.  And I would prepare a hole much bigger than "slightly bigger than the pot" too.  

Wills, ring David Austin yourself.  I did.  A friend of mine who grows more than a few roses. does it regularly.  If you do give us feedback on what they advise 

Personally, planting roses deeper goes against my own logic but it seems it is the way to do it. 

I grow just a single rose for sentimental reasons but I have planted and tended several.  The hole for it was deep and the soil was enriched with compost and farmyard manure....mpc is a useless product for soil improvement.  Roses are hungry and greedy with widespreading roots so a generous rich planting area seems important if you want top notch flowers. No need to add soil at all......why would you do that?    I add fish blood and bone at planting time and again every spring.  My single rose has been superb....still flowering, healthy foliage and required no maintenance or attention other than to remove spent flowers

Thompson & Morgan - issues!

Posted: 15/10/2016 at 16:15

Ok......we have all voiced our (unfavourable) opinion about T & M but fair do's.  

Richard from T & M has appealed to us to let him sort out the complaints aired here.  Let's give him a chance to do just that    T & M need to up their game and quickly and Richard must be well aware of it.   genuine good customer service is the very least we want or we will all go elsewhere 

Grass Seed Hasn't Germinated

Posted: 14/10/2016 at 19:56 I said I have sown grass seed successfully in winter but it's also the mud and other associated winter hazards that make me recommend that people now sow in spring.  Grass is tough stuff indeed but only if it has set some roots to withstand any excessive rain etc 

Seed sown now will not germinate before mid November......??? 

For context  so many are already reporting non germination of grass seed despite pretty warm temps 

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