Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 09:00

Hiya rose mummy 

Hmm, astrantias are a little puzzle at times, aren't they?  

Currently I have some 4' tall full of flower;  another with just a few flowers and another without sign of flowers.  However, I expect them all to flower well at some time in the their own time.

Variety makes a difference too.....split Roma last autumn and both divided plants are flowerimg well.  

Just ensure that your astrantias don't get dry.  They hate being dry and will simply wither away. A phostrogen feed once a week should help.  

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:53

KEF, I would take basal cuttings.  Minded to get anchusa today.  If so, I will take a couple of basal cuttings before planting out.  

Dont think Royalist will come true from seed.  

New to this gardening

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:45

Morning Ashdale and a warm welcome 

Chelsea wish list

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:26

Anchusa royalist though is not a new plant but a beautiful one.  

Currently I don't grow it because its not reliably perennial for me. Two years at most .....will have to propagate it regularly to keep it.

Couch grass gone mad

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:22

Agree with above......ESP with the advice to be patient and not dig up treated couch grass too early.  

In the lawn a regular cut with blades set a little lower will control couch grass   

droopy conifer branches

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:18

Louise, prob your most of them....need a helping hand.

Some thin galvanised wire discreetly tied in around your conifer will restore its neat, tight and green appearance. I do this to my own conifers.  

All conifers look dead....are dead...on the inside so when a branch pulls away it exposes what looks like a dying plant.  Tying in restores....hey presto !  ......your nice green looking conifer. Simples 

Bindweed! Can it be battled organically?

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 08:08

Glyphosate is the best, quickest and most efficient way to get rid of bimdweed.

Bimdweed is easy to eradicate......truly is.  I have to disagree about bindweed being the worst weed in the  garden.....ground elder,,oxalis, jap,knotweed, etc., are far worse.

I have eradicated it from my own garden and done the same for a friend who.....well, her garden was......was overrun with bindweed

Spraying the rosettes early in the spring followed by further sprays on any regrowth is very effective.  Where bindweed is growing up other plants just untangle it, lay it on the ground and spray or tie it around short canes and "paint" the leaves.  

Follow the rules.....5 or 6 hours of dry weather.....cloudy is better than bright sun....and allow the chemical to work. (so don't pull up affected plants a few days later).  The weedkiller kills to the roots but, often, there are other parts of the bindweed not hit by it so follow up treatments  during the summer will finally kill all bindweed

I consider glyphosate to be "organic" in the sense that if treated this year,for example, it will not be an issue for future years.  The science right now suggests glyphosate is safe esp used only as targeted applications 

Organic destruction of bindweed is so slow, ugly, laborious and ineffective 


Posted: 31/05/2014 at 07:42

Morning folks

Bright and warm.  Sun has just blasted forth   Looks amd feels good 

Will cut back geum totally Tamgerine has been flowerimg for weeks, still is, but I want to ensure flowering through the autumn.  Will stake aconitums too....keeps them nicely columnar and stakes hide nicely in the leafy foliage.

Touch wood......last night's slug campaign yielded very few of the critters.  I am convinced hand picking early in the year makes a big difference to the population eating my plants 

Dove is making me spend money again.......ordered sedum Abbeydore.  Think I know it's recipient spot.  

Have nice day everybody 

Is my conifer doomed

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:24

A lot of conifers have suffered over the winter.  The wet has encouraged disease to,spread, the saturated ground and constant rain I think was the cause

Nodislab I too would look on this as an opportunity to plant something different there.  If you want another conifer Taxus Stamdishii would look well there but berberis Darwinii, a variegated holly, Euonymous aureus, etc. too would fit ...?

Blue foliage

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 23:15

That carex looks good obelixx.  New one to me.  Have to have that 

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