Latest posts by Verdun

Nematodes???should i and how to use to control sawfly on gooseberry bushes

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 11:56

I use neem oil in autumn and in early spring.  I clean around the base in Nivember removing all debris and spray with  neem oil .  A mulch after. 

I spray all wood thoroughly to run off

haven't had sawfly for a few years now.

winter tar wash was very effective but now not available.  There is an alternative winter wash 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 10:35

Supposed to be stormy but......

Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 23:22

Ripply, you are over thinking this.

yes phlox like all herbaceous perenials do "die away" in winter.  However, some "twiggyness" remains .  These twigs will be replaced by new shoots in early can simply snap the old foliage off then

you are right,  there is nothing to see there in that spot in winter but you can mitigate this bareness.  Bulbs like daffodils, lilies ,snowdrops etc  can be planted alongside....not too close because perennials will get bigger every year.  Planting evergreen perennials like lupins or biennials like wallflowers nearby will provide greenery and flowers in the winter. 

the trick is to learn about different plants....when and how they grow and flower etc.  Hellebores will flower in late winter for example.  After several years I have learned enough to grow plants so that bare spots are not displayed too much.  Getting to know plants is the way to go 

mulching herbaceous plamts will help avoid weeds encroaching but remember weeds do not grow much in the winter anyway.  Weeds will not have much of a foothold where perennials are planted 

sorry if this sounds patronising ...I don't mean to be.  the main thing is to enjoy growing things you REALLY like and aim for something to flower or provide interest throughout the year.  

Meanwhile, RELAX.  Enjoy the journey 


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:34

DR, just a thank you for those schedules.  Much appreciated  

Some beginner questions

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:22

Ripply, I don't like to see small plants in the ground.  They look forlorn having no impact whatsoever. I prefer to grow on to decent size before planting out.  a little patience by growing on for a few more months is far better I think.

yes, planting in too big a pot is not good for plants. They tend to sulk.   maybe plant out a couple of potted plants in large pots....2 or 3 per pot...for something to make an impact esp if they are the same.,. .??? 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 22:13

Cut lawns, trimmed a large euonymous ....trained as a pyramid at over 13'......and lost patience with a cotinus royal purple that has struggled all summer.  Hoped it would fight off verticillium wilt.  The hot summer.....well I think it has been anyway....seemed to eradicate it at times but decided it has to go.  I replaced with canna Tropicanna Black.  It is over 7' tall incl flowers that I had growing in a large pot.  Looks better than the ailing cotinus so well pleased.  Heavy plant though. 

all my cannas....more than a dozen large specimens....are in excess of 7' .  If you have never grown cannas folks give them a go.  Better than the over planted, over hyped  bananas that always have their foliage ripped and look tatty, cannas foliage is more colourful and never looks ragged.  Plus the flowers! 

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 21:54

A lot to be pleased witb Tray. 

Looks like you are a gardener already 

nothing in particular but generally pleased with how garden has been this year 

What will be left standing?

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:30

You guys don't get it.........

the more visitors we have the less clotted cream for me.  


Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:26

Exactly seedlings from the first year.  They will outgrow any bought in tiddlers 

Shade loving perennials.

Posted: 18/08/2016 at 20:24

Ah! Crossed over with many of the above replies esp re hostas 

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