Latest posts by Verdun

How do I look after this bamboo?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:43

Renata, no don't cut back.  

What compost did you use?  Ordinary mpc or john Innes?  MPC is not suitable plus it is too lightweight for height of your plant 

When you repot...they look fine right now....use john innes

I would mulch in spring with dried manure/pelleted chicken manure mixed with compost and half a handful of fish blood and bone.  That's it.  Keep it watered during spring and summer.

Fargesias are best bamboos....looking good there Renata.   i wouldn't worry about the odd yellow leaf right now. 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:47:19

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:31

Frank, sorreeeee!  No rain.  No sign of rain.  Sunny....lots of sun.  It will be blue sky until it gets dark.    No wind.  Very, very nice.  Back to the drawing board with your theories then???  

During this luverly weather I took someone down to the local National Dahlia Collection sale.  I was sorely tempted to buy one or two dahlias but I stood my ground.  No way was I beguilled by one or two absolutely stunning varieties that were totally new to me (not a dahlia expert by any means) .  I was so  strong so







I bought 4 plants.  I potted on because they were rootbound but I am genuinely excited by these beauties 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:32:51

Lawn mower advice

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 17:17

I have a bosch cordless mower.  Had it for maybe 9 years used twice a week and at least once or twice a month during winter.  It is SUPERB.  It is lightweight...not really a consideration for me, but it is.....very quiet and economical.

i have a lawn about 150 sq yards plus a smaller one and my mower cuts these twice on a single charge.    having a lithium powered battery supply it holds its charge when not in use. 

£200 Polly?  Go online.  I think the smallest model may be around that price

my lawns are level, never with long grass, so perfect for cordless mowing.  

For rough areas that are cut infrequently cordless is not the way to go

I have changed the battery once .......pretty good value over 9 years.  

My model is the 37 li and I will grt another when I need to.  Prob more expensive to purchase but economical thereafter 

I have had several electric and petrol mowers none lasting as long as my cordless.

Last edited: 17 September 2016 17:19:29

What to do with my punny agapanthus please?

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 16:53

No, don't "freshen" the compost or change the pot now aym.....there will be some feed in the compost so not wanted now.    This is best done in spring.  Leave it in the open for now to experience the current mild conditions then move to shelter when winter starts to bite.  

Does my Jacob's Ladder (polemonium)

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 15:44

No linzijayne, just let it die back in its own time 

Brown Canna leaves

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 11:33

Can you post a picture joanada?  A couple would be good including a close up of the leaves 

could be dry but could also be a virus.  That's why picture is important 

Last edited: 17 September 2016 11:35:01

Moving plants

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:58

Allotment lady PLEASE SAY NO.

this is outrageous.  Do not do this

reminds me of a guy pushing past the queue to be served first....."I'm in a hurry.  Do you mind if I'm served first"?  Think I was the only one to say NO.  

similarly an old lady neighbour accepted her neighbour running his gutter onto her land.  He even cut a hole in her wall to accommodate the pipe.  Sorry, fresh meat to a lion for me and I filled in the hole with concrete. some people are simply offensive just as your neighbour is AllotmentLady 

say you cannot move your peony and you expect your meighbour's builders to do what they need to on YOUR NEIGHBOUR'S SIDE.   Wish I lived near enough to sort this 

hope you can see this situation as we do 

Nursery on GW last night

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:47

Start your own Hosta......your place sounds idyllic.  Offer cream teas....the proper cornish ones of course...and discounts to forum members living south of you and you are on to a winner.  

Hey!  Why not??? 

Planting Ideas

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:44

Ladybird is right Natalie.  You are prob wasting your time and money

go splash out on a couple of decent size containers and fill them with plants that will look good right through to spring.  Wallflowers available now plus bulbs like early daffodils and tulips.  Will look womderful. 

in late spring replace witb summer annuals.

planting in such shallow soil is doomed to fail Natalie

Nursery on GW last night

Posted: 17/09/2016 at 10:35

Lucky you Chicky 

however, we have a few fantastic little nurseries down here.  Keeping one or two to myself cos prices are very low and visitors not common.  I know!  Bit selfish    .........

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