Latest posts by Verdun

Rehoming peonies and rhubarb - help!

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:34

Sapling gardener, good morning.

Peonies do have a reputation of not recovering after a move.  Not true though.  A decent rootball and a decent pot to accommodate the roots.  actually I would use bin liners instead of pots for all plants you want to move, ESP with the rhubarb so you can get a large rootball.

The apple tree at 1 metre should be ok in a pot, ESP if a "baby" variety.

Underachiever Award

Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:23

Bit  like Salino.....under achievers do tend to be removed.  Ruthless me!  


Posted: 06/06/2014 at 08:08

You all have sunshine? Showers here for moment but will be dry.    Very, very warm and humid. 

Did well MrsG. ,don't know that salix....will have to look it up.



What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 20:11

I am your dad.  

What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:31

Yes Red, relaaaaax. Leave well alone for now.  

What to do with lupins

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:26


Yes, I stake them.  Do this early when you see the beginning of the flower stems.....a cane, short one because its the lower parts that are likely to snap, per spike.  Mine have already been done.  The first strong wind or heavy rain will flatten unstaked lupins.  When the flowers are starting to fade remove them to where you will see new shorter flower spikes forming.  These will be smaller shorter flowers.  You may even see a third set after that.  

Finaly, I remove all stems to ground level, cut off all yellowing leaves, feed and put half a dozen slug pellets (or visit your plant in the dark with torch and salt solution) for an imvasion of small snails.  Lupins look very, very tatty for a few weeks after flowering but look good...foliage wise....during autumn and winter. 

Lupins are short term perennials....good for 3 years I think but then best replaced.  There are now some fantastic varieties......I intend to try a few of these myself.  

What to do with fertiliser scolded dahlia

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 19:09

Hiya Red

Can you scrape away some,of the ferriliser?  Then water well.  You prob got fertiliser on the leaves themselves so the rain would have helped a bit. Remove the brown leaves, leave,the floppy and avoid feeding.  Hopefully....well, most likely....your dahlias  will recover 

I dont use Gromore types...they are fierce, caustic and aggressive if over applied.  Organic fertilisers tend to be slower acting.  Try to resist the temptation to apply fertilisers simply to hurry on growth.  June is a time when plants will burst Imto growth amd flower very quickly so nature rather than fertiliser will encourage growth.  Apart from possible scorching roo much fertiliser produces soft, slug attractive plants.



Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:55

Hiya Steve, it's Market Force.  Funnily enough I had email today from them cos I haven't accepted any assignments lately....must reply.  

Fairygirl, well the foliage is slightly more glaucous than autumn joy etc. and I suspect it's slightly more compact.  I've had a love hate relationship with sedums over the years but now I'm appreciating them a little more.  I took a load of cuttings today from it when I pinched Abbeydore back.  

Ive got a nice version of sedum purple emperor called Posties Pride.  It looks darker and, again, more compact.  Ive been considering a sedum border.....a mixture of 3 or 4 varieties together.  However, I hate "sameness". Prob look sensational in late Augliest/September though 

Again, Punkdoc, I'm similarly placed.....I've compromised occasionally,though by planting the whole pot in the ground.  It can be moved without hassle at any time and, if in big pots, will still produce tall impressive plants 

Make Sense????

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 18:40

If you are happy with the 2 plants together I would buy another alpina.  I think you may damage both sets of roots by trying to separate them. 


Posted: 05/06/2014 at 17:06

Steve, I do mystery shopping too.  Only do restaurants though.  Been offered the glasses assignments but where's the food? 

Its been a beautiful day here ....24 at mid day.  Sorry for you folks in the cold 

Sedum Abbeydore arrived from Notcutts.  Perfect condition and nice large plant. ,pinched back by a quarter and planted.  Very satisfying. 

Fairy, my "quality jokes" ??ou rightly describe them ....are seasonal too.  Summer  funny summer not.  Good eh!  Spur of the moment yer still high quality 

Sure MrsG will get her dream job, nice to see Stacey back too 

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