Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:43

Colin, I have read conflicting info about glyphosate...being banned or not.

it's a choice thing...personal choice!  Used discreetly and targetted it is a very useful and effective weedkiller.  I use it for occasional weeds in paths or for the odd dandelion.  Bindweed has not been a problem here for many years because glyphosate eradicated it. 

If we did lose glyphosate it would make gardeners' lives so much more difficult.  As with many things scientific evidence is divided as to whether it is dangerous or not. So, yes, we may still have a reliable weedkiller 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:35

Hello MAGGIE, 

think you will get different opinions here.  There are sound reasons for now or autumn.

i have moved and will still move hellebores whenever I need or want to. they will survive if you accept you will be moving a big underground unit.  The root systems on even small plants are surprising.  I moved 3 or 4 last autumn as well as one during the summer and all are fine.  It is something I do quite regularly 

you have a moving the smaller ones now you are giving the bigger ones time to grow and produce their flowers without interruption.  Do it in September and you might disturb the bjgger ones and affect their flowers. The smaller ones will grow better too if moved now.  The longer you leave this process the bigger and more difficult it will be to satisfactorily separate the clumps

If mine I would do if now....try to get as much root system as possible but trying too not to get too close to the others.  

I would remove bjggest leaves from small plants (minimises transpiration) but keep those just appearing.  plant a little deeper and imcorporate compost and water well.  Water well too during the summer as they will flag if summer is a hot one.

when smaller hellebores are cleared away give the bigger ones a generous feed and mulch and water.

cut leaves in early autumn for 2 does help keep black spot away but it also enable full sight of flower buds emerging and flowers with no leaves to obscure them 

sorry aym, you lost me there 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:09

I think there could be with fresh seaweed applied in spring growth may not like it then Lyn.  an autumn application is safe 

Camellia problems

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 15:05

It's what you need to do bobloes. 

More than wash,,you will have to scrub or scrape in places.

then you can apply bug clear etc.

once had sooty mould on a group of evergreens and I had to wash every leaf before I could apply any treatment.  Hopefully, a one-off because in future you can spray preventatively 

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 13:16

No point at all growing cherished plants if slugs and snails...weevils, carrot fly, etc etc.....are not controlled.  Emotions or judgements should play no role in this.

we can be good, kind people yet still kill pests in the garden!   Whether we kill slugs or not is simply about how much we love our plants

if you want a wildlife garden where mother nature is allowed to take control don't kill slugs.  Mother nature is a cruel mother though.....she is designed to oversee "kill or be killed" .  




Posted: 01/05/2016 at 13:07

It's just getting the quantities now Zoomer....not so easy to get it in large amounts.  The odd bag here and there for individual plants is about all anyone can practically get mow.

seaweed is one of the few additions to the soil that can both break up heavy soil and bind particles in sandy soil...alginic acid if I remember rightly so an excellent conditioner in its raw state

Grass on the drive

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:40

Summer this week Wessex....arranged just for you 

If you see a slug or snail

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:38

Killing or not killing slugs has no connection with goodness or religion Aym. 

the kindest people I have met/meet are not religious.  



Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:08

Too late aym....I've  taken the last lot from St Michaels Mount...just down the road 


Posted: 01/05/2016 at 12:06

Steve, astilbes love and need water...I am sure they will be fine.

yes, wet soil is cold soil so your plants are held back for now 

to run your nose in it nicest astilbes are big colourful bushes at least 30 cm high....yours will be the same 

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