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Latest posts by Verdun

blueberries have arrived but what now?

Posted: 22/05/2015 at 00:22

Nattygirl,,send a photo to,your supplier.  Complain abiut the whole supply. they should not be like that

I bought from Trehanes a few years back...bushy well grown as expected.

you should not be thinking about pruning such newly supplied plants yet.  I am sure, if the supplier is a reputable one, that you will receive replacements. when you do,,set about pruning back long lanky, unfruiting stems on your current bushes to create lower and bushier growth.

for me, pruning blueberries is about removing thin shoots, dead shoots and dying shoots. to retain plenty of young vibrant growth.  

i assume you are aware of the need for acid compost for your blueberries.  This often means growimg them in pots

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:28


I realise increasingly I scan read, scan listen, etc., whilst thinking of something else. so got the gist of Timgly's post and fired off my reply. ,

Timgly's reply will be interesting. The plants are defo described  as hardy so pelargoniums can be ruled out.  But there is a donut for,the correct answer and you aint getting it Dove.......

Same old story

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 21:18

Me too sanjy....not twice a night but a few times a week with torch and salt solution in a bucket.  by far the most effective control of slugs and snails.

no, I dont offer any sacrificial plants...every plant is MINE.  Nothing for them.

currently watching a tv prog about glad slugs n snails don't have those teeth 

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 20:00

Detective Dove again?  

You may be right......Tingly, are you sure they are hardy geraniums?  Not pelargoniums, the indoor " geraniums"?

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:50

Get them potted up Timgly individually.  Then into bigger pots before planting out. your plants will be as you want them to be but next year.

Slow coach hardy geraniums

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 19:24


I think some geraniums are later than others anyway and it depends on situations too. I think cold soil is biggest factor.  Warm soil and plants grow earlier

not meaning to brag but all my geraniums are large now...rozanne already flowering atop of bjg mounds As is Russel Pritchard and others. 

are your geraniums outside?  Are they in pots?  Hardy geraniums will not enjoy being in a greenhouse now and prefer open ground to pots.

some geraniums prefer shade and some sunshine.  Research whether your plants are in places they should be.

a tickling in of fertiliser may help but not too much.......less flowers and more foliage will result

maybe a little patience Tingly 

Pruning advice

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:55

Yes,,after flowering the fosters.

hebes are fickle As they seem to behave as they want to.  But, cut back every branch to green shoots.  They will then regrow.  Generally they sulk if cut into wood devoid of green shoots.  I have a white(salicifolia type) at least 3 metres tall and similar across.  I cut it back annually but also had to cut into old wood where I walk.  After 3 years it is beginning to regrow there.  

they are easy from cuttings so use the prunings to make new plants 

Thin Rhubarb

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:13

John,,when did you stop picking it last year.  You need to stop picking by mid June at the latest. then the plants build up for mext year.

so, dont pick again this year, feed with organic fertiliser, give a good mulch...dried manure is excellent, and water well.

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:09

Obelixx,  he has 6" heels. but no matter.  And he has stuff written on his palms, sleeves and .....oh dear!  I'm giving the game away 

does it really matter how scruffy or not monty is.  He is a gardener not a model. if I went to Chelsea I would wear my wellies and old shirt.  

identification please

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 18:03

Choisya for first

whatever the second one is, I would pot it on. 

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