Latest posts by Verdun

Newbie - Privet Hedge Stumps

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:28

Quarkrad, you have to dig up that privet.  

I have removed large overgrown privet and, yes, the rootstock can be heavy and difficult.

i dig a trench all round and deep enough to then start digging below from the sides.  Secateurs and a sharp saw are useful too to cut roots as you see them.  A crowbar too is mighty handy.  A mixture of cutting, digging and levering will move them.

i think too much thinking is being made here Quarkrad because you will remove them.  Do you have a friend who can work with you?  

I found when the first privet stump is removed the others are easier...the ground is partially  dug and loosened for the next stump.  The size of stumps I had were so heavy they could not be easily lifted.  They had grown some 15' plus and been in place for years

too late now of course but best to leave 4' or so of stiff stems to help with the levering process.

just think though Quarkrad, when those privets are gone how satisfied you will be.  Job done for good.  

Good luck 

Plug plant problems

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 22:13

Are you over watering Scott?  Water well when planted into 9cm pots then only when they get dry.  I like to cover with fleece for a day or so after potting up.

your gh should be fine 

i assume you are putting those plugs in pots and not into shallow trays 

you don't say which lobelias you have...some like it wet some don't.  Can you say what plants you have bought?

plugs are good for growing on during the summer potting up again and again as they grow with a view to planting out in autumn or next spring.

in a few weeks you can leave those plants outside


Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:48

Who needs flowers GD?  Superb colour 

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58

Aym, i have a well known garden centre nearby.  I have a large nursery even closer. The difference in quality, price and range of plants is amazing.  I took a friend to this nursery a couple of weeks back.  She spent £80 odd on large and numerous plants.  We calculated she would have spent over £400 in GC.....however, many plants were not available in the GC.  Ironically this nursery supplies many plants to this GC.  We had plants growing in 10 litre pots and some 4' plus high. 

local nurseries are the best.  For special unusual plants buying online in the dormant season is excellent.  

Buying trees online versus in the local garden centre

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:47

Down here the dormant season is well and truly over. bare root trees here now would not be good.

agree with Jinxy though.  Ask the online supplier for his advice. ,Let us know but I have a feeling a reputable supplier will advise waiting now until the autumn.

dominoman,,pot grown will be fine. Any local nurseries? 

Mulching with Bark

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:42

Sulphate of ammonia should be readily available or, for organic growers dried blood will provide nitrogen.

perhaps others can help with this but I have used liquid lawn feed, almost complete nitrogen, on such mulches.  Anyone have a view on this?

the answer, of course, is to apply mulches in the autumn. come the spring those mulches will start to return nitrogen to the soil. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:37

Fidget, you have stated it far more diplomatically than I have done.  (Diplomacy is neither my skill nor my main concern)

I know of highly concerning incidents that I have now decided not to publish here (blimey, some of the guys here would try to lynch me again....if they could ).

there are serious events associated with some of the people coming here.  My heart is as big as anyone else's here but my concerns for the safety of the (potentially huge) numbers coming into europe is tempered with the fear for people I care about here. 


Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:28

Always complain if you are genuinely disatisfied.  If you are happy them don't 

i have purchased plenty of plugs...mainly for other people.  All were bigger and better than those pictured.  replacements, of a much higher quality were sent so choice is yours.  however, plugs will grow fast right now 

p.s. addition to the replacement plugs....the replacements have outgrown the complained-about ones    As I say, your choice 


Newbie help please :)

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:20

Your choisya looks ok...just gone through a wet winter.  It will be fine . Lovely shrub with fantastic fragrance in the spring and early summer.  And it will grow quickly.

how about grasses like evergreen....or bowles golden grass in front of your choisya?  Uncinias have maroon foliage.  Carex testacea has copper olive evergreen foliage.  Heucheras will look good with womderful foliage.  Brunnera Hadspen Cream is an evergreen with beautiful foliage and forger me not blue flowers?   For an annual floriferous affecf how about the New Guinea hybrid impatiens?

To cascade how about summed flowers on evergreen foliage or helianthemums, the sun roses,,with colour all summer?  Or hardy geraniums like Rozanne?    

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:10

Oooooo, you sound angry  now aym.   Eeek ! 

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