Latest posts by Verdun

Experience using hessian / jute as landscaping fabric?

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:59

Hessian will rot very quickly.  6 months is optimistic 

Last edited: 27 September 2016 18:00:53

what is it

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:58

Yes!  Yum yum 

Companion plants for Oriental Lilies

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:57

Hardy geraniums mrandysheridan.

Rozanne makes a carpet of blue flowers all summer long; Ann Folkhard has lovely yellow leaf colouring with magenta flowers...again makes a wide carpet.  There are pink, white and purple vwrieties too.

low maintenance, permanent, easy and attractive 

Flower bed

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:50

But, for sure, snowyy, you cannot plant those rhododendrons.  

If you want similar evergreen, spring flowers and compact there are options.  Camellias will tolerate it there.  Dwarf photinias...little Robin and there are variegated ones....daphne odora aureo marginata, shrubby winter honeysuckles, etc.  

There are some beautiful dwarf shrubs ...abelia Confetttii is a little stunner and hebes, as well as varieties of Coronilla ....that could replace your rhodos. 

making soil acid is a very difficult process.....lime will always percolate into any acid-made areas and ericaceous plants will die.  

You could use containers if you really want rhododendrons 


Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:40

Online Patricia 

what is it

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 17:38

yum, yum 

Is it dead and what is growing out of this!!!??

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 12:48

Yes clemmys, bring it indoors soon.  Keep it dryish..  Cold is fine but not freezing/frost 

very free draining compost....Mine is 50/50 perlite and compost.  The method of watering is to keep rosettes dry so any water should be on the compost

Last edited: 27 September 2016 12:52:17

Pennisetum Fireworks needs repotting

Posted: 27/09/2016 at 12:19

Fireworks will have foxy/reddish/brown foliage and similar flowers.

panicums are quite different but perhaps you have one with autumn colouring like Shenandoah.  These are indeed hardy.

other pennisetums are green....should have flowers too though 


Posted: 27/09/2016 at 08:19

If you have woodlice covering the soil with bark chips will only ADD to the problem.  Woodlice will love this.  

If the plants are in containers you will find them hiding under the pots...lift the pots and destroy the woodlice.  My only contact with them is with plants in containers but a frequent check under the pots is enough to control them

In the garden unless you use an insecticide it will be difficult to eradicate them

I have no doubt woodlice DO eat plants...left uncontrolled they increase in numbers and cause more damage.


Posted: 27/09/2016 at 07:25

Now I am flummoxed....powdery mildew on scabious growing in a pond 

this has completely changed my whole understanding of powdery mildew on scabious !!!!!! 

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