Latest posts by Verdun

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:09

Pleasant morning....deadheaded dahlias, trimmed lawn edges and weeded.   bright but a bit overcast and I can see and feel the sun now. Should be good pm 

Strictly 2016

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:04

Yes, people who are not well known.....why don't they invite ordinary Joe /josephine Bloggs instead?  ........bigging up their own ego's 

greasy, shoe polished skins added to the mix.

ok!  never really seen it properly and many rave over it but apparently a nasty, bad tempered judge and another who likes to jump all over the table and wave his arms in every direction then assess the showponies 

what's wrong with a repeat of the news instead?  

Converting lawn to garden

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:51

Bizt,  sorry, but what an awful mess that will be!   An eyesore and has to be left for several months. 

The very best way is to turn your grass in...trench it in upside down about 30 cm or so deep. Add manure, compost mix it into the top few cm's.  Then level and firm it by walking on it and raking.  Nothing chucked away and no bloomin' sheets of csrpet, plastic or membrane.  Yippee 

when done you will look at clean,,healthy top soil ready for planting not a plastic sheet to look like a builders' yard.  It is an enjoyable and therapeutic process too 

I would wait before planting anything permanent for a few can plant shrubs February or March onwards.  However,,I would visit the local GC and buy some bare root wallflowers and plant them out to give colour and scent from late winter.   They will be available in next week or two 

Last edited: 04 September 2016 12:53:22

Problem with Phlox

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:39

Meomye, you can use dried manure mixed with compost or mixed with bark chippings.  Can you get hold of mushroom compost? and excellent too.  Well rotted garden compost.  Pelleted chicken manure can be mixed in too.  


Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:28

Simon, better to buy one garden ready plant you can see in flower than lots of plugs that take 3 or 4 years to grow and flower.

from the start add only quality can fill the spaces with annuals and biennials in the meantime

when I look back at the "bargain" collections or the cheapo plant bought I realise most of them were bloomin' awful.  

Enjoy one plant THIS spring in all its glory than storing tiddlers for a few years 

Problem with Phlox

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 09:43


water is the solution.  I would make sure your phlox is well watered and does not dry out next season.  I would water well, feed well and mulch well in spring.  I would make a sort of moat around the base with mulch and regularly keep it watered. 

No, phlox mildew does not affect anything else, as far as I know, but dry conditions will cause mildew on  similarly prone plants like scabious.  Same solution,,viz., to keep watered.

agree with Hazsl about air flow.......most plants will need space to grow well 

Dogwood Dilemma

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 08:38


usually you would cut dogwoods down in the spring thus enjoying the red stems over winter,.  

However, I would go out there now and cut every stem to within a few buds of the ground.  It will be fine anf job done.  In early spring give it a feed of fush blood and bone or dried manure.  Thereafter prune every spring 

my garden

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 19:44

Roffey, can feel the mediterranean from here.   Lovely 

how about a grass or two like helictotrichon or a perennial like libertia to continue the spikey theme with a difference in colour?   Would a feathery, tactile, silver rounded artemisia like Powys Castle offer a nice contrast?  and maybe a silver convolvulous cneorum with its velvety foliage and flowers?

Moving a peony

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 19:35


yes move it.  Do it now.

get as big a rootball as possible.....they are reputedly difficult to reflower when moved but this is not true.

yes,,you can keep it in a pot for a while

do not plant too deep......planting too deep is why peonies do not flower.  They need to feel the sun on heir least the do not plant behind taller plants or plant groundcover around them.  Plant slightly proud of the soil surface

you are not likely to lose it so move it with confidence.  Warm soil, warm spot and compost added to the plamting mix.  

Last edited: 03 September 2016 19:37:03

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:43

Joyce, they enjoy some moisture. But  shade?  My garden is pretty much in good light with some dappled shade created by taller planting.  My Wild Swans are in as shady a spot as possible bit I think sun is needed for good prolonged fowering 

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