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Latest posts by Verdun

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. 

Over watered Camellia plants

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 17:01

YES Amy.  Those holes are ESSENTIAL.  Where do you imagine surplus water will go.  Forget the drainage material. Get the holes drilled asap 

Chelsea tv coverage.

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 16:58

obelixx chris beardshaw is less than 5' tall .......oh! Maybe doing another tv prog could stretch him 

I guess I'm not really bothered who presents tv progs's the subject matter that's important to me. Not seeing the presenter but seeing the plants, esp. new ones, described etc.

it's not easy though being a presenter........they are always a target.  


Posted: 21/05/2015 at 16:46

Sorry you are not 100% Winter.  You did right thing buying seem to buy some good stuff 

another lovely times quite hot.  Spent the morning pruning a friend's garden.  Everything is so overgrown and she has had someone come in.  This "someone" should never go near a decent garden.

despite my self promise not to buy more plants I did succomb to kniphofia mango popsickle.  All logic said "no" but my impulsive character (not me) made me do it.  Where I put it heaven knows. I will be removing an old (must be 15 years, prob much more,old and still looking good) lavendar hedge in the autumn and have plans to make a border there so mango popsickle can be utilised there.  

Novice Gardner - help with plant appreciated

Posted: 21/05/2015 at 16:33

I use secateurs to wegeilas.  All flowered wood removed to fresh new unflowered shoots.  

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