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Latest posts by Verdun

Why is my Picea glauca Daisy's White going brown?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:04

Emma, what soil did you plant it in?  It needs ericaceous compost

Has anyone bought any plants or veg today?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 17:02

Yes bought a restio.  Saw it yesterday but it looked so lonely I just had to go back for it.....only a mile down the road from me


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:26

Yviestevie, how about a compact hardy geranium like Black Beauty around your Standishii?  Dark,,almost black mounds of foliage and the brightest dark blue flowers all summer? ,will look superb and still allow your small taxus to look tall?

well, Yvie, I am having a for a moment.  And yes it is hot.  The restio was too good to resist......relatively expensive in some places.

right, nipping down for fish and chips.  My old mate fatty spotface says they are healthier than salads so who am I to argue?  


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:20

I think using it now does deplete nitrogen levels....however you can add sulphate of ammonia to it.  However I would use it in autumn.  Nitrogen will be replenished by then for spring growth

.............sorry Hostafan, disagree on this one 

How to deal with this Heuchera

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 16:16


a couple of ways here.

heucneras do exactly what yours is doing, viz.,getting woody and tall.  You can lift it and simply plant it deeper but besf to divide it and pot it and./or replant the pieces.  They recover quickly.

discard the old woody bits, enrich the soil if planting in same spot....better in a different spot...and water it in.  You can do it now or wait until the autumn Or spring.  I tend to do these things impulsively so would do it now but when you do it is up to you.  

You can quickly build up extra plants of heuchera by division like this and you keep nice young vigorous plants 

Spotty aeonium

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:27

Mousey, just tip it gently out of its pot will be fine.

You could use half soil and half sand but a small bag of john innes ...number 3.......will be perfect.

 Mpc is multi purpose compost....those bags of compost everybody buys for pots.  However, at the garden centre ask for John Innes compost instead.

aeoniums thrive on neglect really.  I water occasionally in summer, grow in the sun and feed now and then as I said earlier.

best to regard aeoniums as temporary plants.  I have plants rooted now from cuttings in early spring....i.e. cut the tops off and put it posts of compost.


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:14

No Milly....they will be fine.  Later flowering that's all


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:12

Hey!  Brilliant news.  letter from the post office to say an account I had forgotten about was "inactive".  It has £60,000 in it.  Going to spend big now.  Hang on.  Where's my glasses?  Oh dear...I miscounted the noughts.  

Got a restio today.......Baloskian Tetraphyllum......from local nursery.  Dont know exactly yet where to put it but I do know I want it.  Lovely tactile thing.   Prob plant it out in September when I may plant up a small border.

Fairy, you got frog spawn.  I brought back some ants eggs from my walk with the dog.    We both like our cute little friends 


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 07:53

Morning folks 

another beautiful day. 

Divided panicum shenandoah last year and will plant out today from 5 litre pot and already 60 cm high

Is beekeeping good for wildlife?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 07:47

Not good for the residential community.  

We need to keep a sense of perspective about bee keeping. Everything in its place and bee keeping in a small garden amongst other small gardens is not good

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