Latest posts by Verdun

What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:14

Walking in the town this morning herbaceous that breeze was wonderful.  

It has been a summer to enjoy, at least down here on the coast.  I know many have not had such good weather so can only hope they get a good late summer and autumn  

i have managed to cut my two lawns twice a week every week since early spring ...cut again it shows how good the weather has been 

When to scarify...

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:07

Desthemoaner, yes do it now if your lawn is already in a bit of a state.  Be prepared for a fairly bare looking lawn for a couple of weeks or so.

i would then reseed...September is perfect for doing this.  You will have a healthy looking lawn in October 

if your lawn gets attacked by leatherjackets it would be sensible to apply nematodes too after the scarifying 

Last edited: 27 August 2016 15:08:20

Vine Weevil?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 15:02

There was a compost...levington...that contained vine weevil treatment but it was withdrawn.

sara, it looks like a team effort...weevils and snails.  

A sticky trap suspended from a cane as near as poss to your affected plants should catch any weevils.    I would remove it during the day though

What is your weather like?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 14:57

blue sky and hot sunshine but a gentle cooling breeze too making it feel very pleasant indeed. 

Rhododendron (Blue Silver)

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 13:37

Sara, always learning aren't we?  Ar least,you know now to use acid/ericaceous compost. 

Rhododendron (Blue Silver)

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:53

Sara, sorry but it looks like it...dying I mean 

can you say what you did when you potted it?  What sort of compost?  

When planting rhodos a couple of things.......acid, ericaceous, compost is essential.   you must not plant too deep or mulch too thickly.  

there are a couple of other things but these are the critical ones 

Garden Rescue is back......

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:48

looks like a new series of Garden Rescue is back.  Hope they aren't repeat progs

tues at 7pm

I for one will look forward to it 

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:46

For sure Andy...

Pennisetum setaceum rubrum hardiness?

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 12:24

Hello Andy

Yes, john innes 2 or .3 ....not critical. 

agree they are eye catching.  

If you want to try overwintering ...apart from temps and not letting them dry out too much....don't cut them back. cut the flower heads if you want to but leave the stems.   Only cut back in late spring or early summer when new growth is seen.  Good luck.....I win sometimes; sometimes not 

Things I don't get

Posted: 27/08/2016 at 09:11

Blimey, what people complain about!!!   Makes me want to check exactly what I type and how I  express myself to avoid criticism.    (Not really, I don't really care 

the world is full of lousy, rude and selfish people but there are many more who are pleasant, caring and kind.  Being "decent" is how I judge people not on how grammatically correct they are.  

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