Latest posts by Verdun

compcted soil

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:51

Also your peony will not flower if covered in soil.

dig it up with as generous rootball as possible allowing for long roots and either pot it up in john innes or mpc or plant out in an open sunny spot. dont plant too needs sun on top of those surface roots. 

There is a lot of misinformation about peonies not moving well....they can and do and, with a bit of luck, if done now,,may well flower this year 



Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:44

Sooty, no, dont water again until you see growth. and dont give them any extra heat now.  it is still early but temperatures are rising.

I have lots of dahlias in unheated gh as well as many outside in the garden....they will shoot soon enough 

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:38

Greenfingers steve.......your post puts so much into perspective. you have your daughters and they have you.  Many of us here share your pain, empathise with it and question why things happen as they do.

this is a wonderful thread...thanks KEF.....prob the most important one here. 

Enjoy your daughters and your gardening 

Berries... Will any produce fruit this year if planted now?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:11

Max, a crop from the autumn raspberries from 2 or 3 litre pots if planted now.    Make sure the soil is not too alkaline by the way....tested it?

the remainder?  Dont go for 9 cm pots go, again, for the bjgger pots. i have no experience of wineberries though but same principles apply. 

Enjoy your crops 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:05

May I say Shrinking are brilliant.   someone saying as it is with honesty and fun 

No doubt this is a heated thread....important  on this thread but keep other threads sane and sensible.  Let's stop the malicious pming I believe is going on too 


Discount again ........

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:48

Oh,,excellent timing Jinxy 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:33

You should have seen the fracas at our local horticultural show last year Fishy.  

Guess you're right though.  Let's hope for more garden threads 

Shrubs in 3ltr pots

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 19:29

BRISTOL, 3 litre pot size is ideal I think......much bigger, as Jinxy said, and they do not settle as well.  

I would plant out your chosen 3 litre will find they will grow fairly quickly during the summer...and infill with annuals that wont overwhelm those shrubs.  

However, my local nursery has 10 litre plants for around £15. I planted prostrantheras, camelias and phormiums last week in this size.  Nothing rootbound.  Height average 4'  to 5' . Not for my garden but I have every confidence they will do well 

shrubs like the paniculata hydrangeas will grow quickly and make as much as 5' this summer from 3 litre pots. 


Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 18:25

But North Korea Punkdoc......?  

your list ?  I will assume this list does not exist if you do not publish it 

Let's try to stick to facts.  and back them up.  We can all then learn something 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 18:17

Yes, you did quote and requote that but I asked Punkdoc for his data about a slightly different issue Dove.. Being the 5 th richest country in the world has been mentioned by me recently too Osborne in every budget.  Why then are we cutting  payments to the vulnerable in our rich society? 

does anyone really think I want us to be like North Korea?  Simply because I argue to leave europe?  

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