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Latest posts by Verdun

Does anyone recognise this dahlia?

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:25

Yellow honka is delightful.  Currently in 2  5 litre pots (divided last autumn) and pushing up lots of new shoots.

Health and Safety

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:22

Thanks Berghill.  I tend, arrogantly, not to consider safety too much ...always in too much of a hurry.......but I will take heed of your warning 

Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess'

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:19

Green Finger Beats, I would put it into a bigger pot.  Not too big though ...not huge

as already said I too would use a john Innes ericaceous compost and keep it well watered.  Does your acer flop without the cane?  If not I would remove it.  If it does flop loosen or use new tie.

Senetti and potentilla advice

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:12

Morning Sam

senetti  are really an in between plant I think between wallflowers and perennials.  Best in spring and they hate hotter weather...I.e. The summer.  They need to be watered well because in my experience they fill their pots ...over fill...and will suffer without regular top ups.  Just dead head and enjoy them for next few weeks.

i have experimented with senetti to see if they will flower again in summer.  They did but as very dumpy and not as attractive.  For me they are temporary short term plants for the cooler part of spring.

potentillas are easy enough from cuttings ......for me they vary success wise.  Take some now and insert around the rim of small pot.  Again try soft wood cuttings in summer


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 12:02

Well, expected some light rain this inning but it's lovely here now.  Ground is generally getting a little dry now 

planted out agastache black adder from 5 litre pot I had propagated 2 years ago.  Sited between taxus  standishii and helichrysum.  Had to pot  on plants again into larger pots, divided canna Durban and potted/planted.

can resist admiring my hostas Liberty and Autumn Frost  every time I pass.

Acer Palmatum 'Little Princess'

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 11:55

Greenfinger Beats

post a picture  but if it still needs a support I would check to see if it's too tight.  It may not need a support now.

check out the painted Japanese ferns to go with it.  Beautiful grey/blue leaves and many have red stems and red veins in those leaves.

Weed/plant identification and removal advice

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:50

Need to be sure before you apply weedkiller.  I'm the most impulsive guy and yesterday went around with a weedkiller spray to spot kill dandelions.  However, I almost missed new shoots almost hidden by a pair of dandelions......remnants of clematis Belle Etoile that I thought I had transplanted. Delighted to see it and a free plant.  Weedkillers not for careless use 


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:25

Morning everyone 

not quite as sunny so far but pleasant enough

(didn't place a bet  on Grand National oh so subtle joke clearly under whelming )

the last few plants expected this week.....helenium and white sunpatiens

this coming week will be carrot thinning and more general planting out. Hot weather by mid week 


Too much leaf, not enough flower!

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:47

Tomsk you may be drawing incorrect conclusions there.  How deep do you plant your daffodils?  They need to be 3 or 4" deep, even more. If too shallow they will not flower.  

No,,don't remove leaves.  Feed with phostrogen or tomato feed until the leaves start to yellow.

what other plants are reluctant to flower?


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:40

I never have any luck on the grand national so no point checking,  just become a habit. I  had £50 on Leighton  Aspel to win so wasted some cash there 

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