Latest posts by Verdun

Bark wood chippings from sawmill - is it a problem mulch/ weed cover

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:32

Those woodchippings...and sawdust....take nitrogen from the soil as they rot down so not good during the summer months.  Use as a mulch in autumn though and add fertilser early next spring.

Just check though, as Dove says, about any wood treatment ....if treated don't  use it.  Otherwise a nice thick mulch over winter is good.   


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:26

Deadhead for repeat flowers.  Simples 

(cut flower stems to base not just pinch off flowers)


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:24

A picture will clarify purpletrace.  My money is on cyclamen 


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 19:17

Hot, hot hot today.  

I think the Wimbledon champion will either be federer or djokovic 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 17:44

and this is summer glow.  only just opening really and I think now I should have taken this from other side. In reality this is a delightful plant


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 17:39

a couple of my agastaches as promised.  this is blue boa.  It will flower ever more impressively as summer progresses!

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:37

I would prune it back NOW.  As already said, Photinias can be pruned 3 or so times a year.  it encourages those red shoots.  Give it a granular feed and water it well.

Dont be fearful of hard pruning....Photinias are often grown as hedging plants and therefore emenable to regular cutting.

Photinias are messy, leggy and fickle.  I had 2 ....sInce removed....and currently have a dwarf and variegated variety. They look better on the nursery shelf than they do in the garden.  


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:27

Bekkie, clearly you are a techie!  I must get one of those "timed watering hose wotsits" .  Would a thingamebob do the job? Or a whatitsnamejobby? 

Yes, Bekkie I can send you the sort of sunshine you ideally require.'s what we have here now 

Impressive fellow there Dove 


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:22

Morning Purpletrace

Plant them back into the soil, not too deep and mark with a very short stick so,you know where they are.  (wish I followed my own advice there cos I'm often digging up cyclamen )

They will flower in autumn or spring 

Lackluster lavender

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:13

Morning Yarrow

Cut lavendar now and you will forfeit flowers for this year.  Cut back hard but not into old wood and you will not lose your lavendars.  

If mine, I would enjoy what flowers you have and when they start to fade prune back.

When containers are top dressed....with grit's difficult to tell how moist the compost actually is.  However move gavel aside and push your fimger deep into the compost.  It may be too dry.  Lavendars still need to be watered now and then.  liquid feed too.  

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