Latest posts by Verdun

Heuchera Obsidian

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 19:01

Yes copperdog...they respond quickly

you can lift a couple and pull them apart and they will grow away.  I pot mine up and plant when clumps are impact making  in the garden

not sure if you have rust but heucheras do suffer at this time of year...prob because of heat.  

Consider the possibility of vine weevils though....pull at your plants.  If badly attacked they will lift easily without roots.

when I divide heucheras I check both soil and plants.  Before potting up I wash the roots and then use fresh compost 

Anyone growed Red Hot Poker before?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:41

I will post some pics to persuade Iamto to grow them 

Elder Black Beauty no longer flowers

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:39

You got your answer Sheila 

you  can prune to get both flowers and good foliage by selective pruning.  The very best foliage though is by hard pruning the lot in spring.  

The difference

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:34

Hey!   a non gardening visitor noticed the difference today. Because Ruffled Swan has just opened out I was chuffed the difference was noted....the 2 plants caught her eye. 

Ruffled S has more petals, slightly more "ruffled" and......well, as I said initially. 

Am I the only one growing these plants then?     Oops! Should be  cos they are superb plants

Many heucheras look similar, as do roses and dahlias but still we grow them 

well done Wakeshine.....the differences are indeed small but ......

Last edited: 05 August 2016 18:36:07

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:22

Looks like you are our veg specialist here Chris 

cut lawns, trimmed hebe salicfolia alba and euonymous aureus bith over 12' tall, and pittosporum garnettii and Irene Patterson. 

Another bounty of tomatoes and beans picked too as well as more blueberries

been very warm again today 

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:15

I may be yvie 

wakeshine, I have sarcococcas at 5' high and wide....i prune hard annually or it would exceed that.  They are bushy evergreens

physiocarpus...Diablo with its plum brown foliage?  Yes if watered well to start with.  

What is your favourite plant?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 18:06

Oh eck!  

Newby, I have so many favourites.  Can I give  a few?  

Hellebores in the winter and spring.  For summer, Salvias...guanajuato, leucanthemum and uliginosa to name three....heleniums, cannas and agastaches. 

That sounds impressive grannybee 

Anyone growed Red Hot Poker before?

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:57 are going to get different opinions on this one.  A love hate plant.

I have never liked them but then got into them over recent years.  The dwarfer ones mainly for me and I love them.  None of them are "subtle" but they provide beacons of light in contrast to most perennials and shrubs

never grown from seed ...division though...and they grow quickly in my experience 

Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 17:51

Yvie, eventually, eventually, most climbers will get to the light.  

Better  Wakeshine can locate a better spot tho 

sarcoccoca too will fill the space under the conifer and give wonderful winter fragrance 

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Can you plant honeysuckle in shade

Posted: 05/08/2016 at 16:07

better to grow fewer things really well than a lot that struggle wakeshine.  If you are generous with your honeysuckle it will be generous to you. that in a xmas cracker! 

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