Latest posts by Verdun

Choisya ternata, how far to plant apart?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 12:55

Tina, do you know the name of the variety?  The garden centres are now selling a dwarf version Called White Dazzler.

choisyas are vigorous where they are happy....viz., in warm,,free draining soils. I have one that is over 12' tall and 8' or more wide.   Yes, a metre apart if you want them to join up quickly.  

Best to prune them back a little when planting to create a bushy plant from the start 

What is your favourite plant?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 12:48

You want more Newb?

aster Frikartii Monch, now coming into flower and will flower into autumn; veronicastrums, acteas for their fantastic foliage, geum totally tangerine that flowers for months, check out hardy geranium Elke, don't forger the humble,pinks.....superb blue evergreen foliage and scented flowers in pink, red, white and purple....and more.  Scabious Butterfly Blue and Pink Mist.  Gaura Whirling Butterfly.  Anthemis Mrs Buxton.  Perovskia Little Spire......

Disappointing plants

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 12:38

Ladybird, monarda & rudbeckia grow like weeds for me....  ha ha....rudbeckias do though....masses of flower for several weeks already...but don't grow monarda simply because of mildew.  Could lack of moisture be a reason why your M & R's don't grow?

can't honestly say thaf anything has disappointed me so far.  time yet! 

The difference

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:38

I am sure to succomb joyce 

Heuchera Obsidian

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:36

You can do either Copperdog 

if mine, and considering appearance for the rest of the summer, I would keep only the healthy leaves and remove the rest.  It may well mean every leaf.  Then water.  New leaves form fast.  Then in a few weeks lift, "chop" or pull apart, pot up and water.  

Heucheras get woody after a couple of years so digging up is good routine.  Plus you have many more plants.  

My own way is to have these replacement plants growing and available for a like for like swap. 

The difference

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:27

There is also a Dreaming Swan Joyce 

Loads of tomatoes but very slow in ripening

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:22

Only remove leaves that are shading fruit.  For me I want no more growth, the fruit has formed, is of good size and just needs ripening.  Hence the removal of leaves.  No point now in allowing more flower set or more fruit to form.  

Missy Krissie, if you remove leaves too soon your fruit will be small.  

Once tomatoes start to ripen they will progress very quickly.  Don't give up hope folks....time yet 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:13

B3 ..."whims"?  Far from it.  they are essential must haves 

only 6 plants not planted!  I have at least 20,,prob many more, that have been potted on several times.  All I know is I want them and they will find a home eventually 

The difference

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:09

So, only me growing Ruffled Swan.  Nice to be unique 

Will this plant reflower ?

Posted: 06/08/2016 at 08:07

Nut is expert at Iding ....not veronicastrum 

i grow them here where they are in full flower.

always cut back dead flower stems and do so as soon as flowers start to go over then you have a better chance of re flowering. 

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