Latest posts by Verdun

Can this hydrangea be saved?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:19

Bob, can you post a picture?

no trick to cutting off dead flowers but it is sensible not to right now.  Leave them until spring because they protect the buds for next year.

watering daily is not really a good idea for perennials.....a good drench once a week is better 

Autumn priority

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:15

I have a huge juniper to remove in autumn.  Victim of phytophthora I think and it is has been a superb blue pyramid for 30 years.  Luckily the dying area is mostly on the unnoticed side so far.  Trimmed annually to 15' tall and wide it will be a difficult job getting it out.  I will.....nothing has ever stopped me.  Leylandii trees, sycamores, hollies and others looked impossible but they are long gone.  Some cursing helps with the energy.  I will enjoy it though

So, my preparation Lou is in planning out the planting when the juniper has been removed. Plants are growing on and some mature plants will be moved across.  A generous 20 x 20' area so I think it will look good when done. 

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:41

Verdun recommends verdone for a verdant lawn .....ok!  The sun has gotten to me 

I had a quick google..painless......because I had an idea Verdone has been replaced.  It looks like Weedol lawn weedkiller now.  Clover remains one of the hardest weeds to control so, as I said, a few treatments may be required 

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:28

Really makes no difference musher.  Those stems are very tough.  I do it in job less for spring.

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:21

Slightly tricky Newb

a lawn weed killer knocks it back but I found it took persistent treatments to finally eradicate it.  Maybe 3 times over the summer and repeat the following year.  Apparently mowing helps spread it so use a box.

some say clover makes the grass look greener.  Not for me though.  It will gradually force out the grass 

Pruning buddleia davidii

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:12

Remember too, cutting  off flower heads and spent flower stems encourages more flowers 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:08

You are right Lie to give up on them now. 

We all live and learn.....don't be too keen to cut any grasses too early.  Wait ntil you see new growth first 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 17:04

I know. ..I blush just a little 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:35

Philippa, do we say the same thing about our footballers?  Many do not perform well yet receive obscene salaries.  Most of us prob regard that situation as intolerable and insulting to the many who have very little 

I agree with you about others doing "excellent jobs" without acclaim. Also about the amount of money for other things.  Perhaps we need to re assess our priorities.....this from someone who enjoys his sport and delights in the prestige we get from our top athletes.  

The Olympics caught our imagination and Team GB did the country proud.  Clearly the athletes were...are...fabulously well paid.  It is naive....not you Philippa...for anyone to think these medals were not paid for.  They were at huge cost. 

It is disappointing that the paralympics are not regarded by the powers that be as highly as the Olympics.  Many stadia have been closed to the disabled athletes in Rio.  

it is not a fair world 

sick rosemary srub

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:15

Sorry, I got the idea they had rooted.  As soon as they have rooted remove the plastic.   

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