Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 21:25

Cornwall is ablaze with daffodils right now....fields full of em everywhere.  Cornwall is bright with Camelias, Rhodos, magnolias, etc too so not everything is yellow 


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 19:19


Stick that euphorbia cutting in a pot of compost.  Don't even cover it.  Keep it in the warm...inside....for week or two then outside.  

Wet now but still warm.  


White spots on plants

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 13:03

Prob your slug solution Lottie.   Doesn't sound like mildew to me.   

Is my evergreen dying?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:59

Kelly cut it down to 5' or so to give you a "lever" to pull and push your tree.  Remove side branches to create a pole.

Dig a trench around your tree and sever every root you see....use secateurs or saw.. Dig under all round.  Then pull, push, swear, pull and push and curse some more. Rocking will gradually loosen your tree.  If find it great fun ....well, It is when it starts to move.  

Afterwards, dig over ground and access any remaining roots and remove them.  Dig in plenty of compost, dried manure, etc. and fertiliser like fish blood and bone.  Level and rake. 

Survey your new planting area and imagine something ??ou really want there 

Evergreen Lawn

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 12:50

I would have raked it first then applied feed, etc.

You could rake lightly now.  Cut grass within a few days....just make sure rain has washed it in


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:09

A few years back...before I knew too much....I bought 3 hardy geraniums from T & M.  They were tiny and took ages to grow.  In frustration I removed them to replace with "proper" potted geraniums.  I did buy a couple of other perennials from them but returned them for a full refund.  bulbs and seeds are fine but T & M just don't do plant quality

This is a popular forum....a wide publicity platform.  Any reputable supplier should be aware of good customer care knowing it could be aired.

Clematis wilt?

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 11:00

I too think slugs or snails are the problem.

A few pellets......can you cover them with flat stone, tile etc?  .....applied now and then will help but go out with a torch later and pick them off.  

I always do two things when I plant clematis....plant deeply about 2" down, prune new growth back to encourage vigorous new growth.  Both help to combat possibility of wilt.

You can't put pellets on a fence, of course, but you can search between clematis and fence to see if any blighters are attached there.  I have a wall and snails love the space behind plants on it.


Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:40

yes, MrsGarden, remove cloche from monarda.  Perhaps, if cold with you, you could cover your alstromeria at night if frost anticipated. 


Forest flame

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 10:37

hi Meomye

I would apply a systemic insectide control the aphids that caused your sooty mould.

you can use a during the growing season to control aphids to ensure a clean bush next year

hellibor dilema

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 09:07

Hiya twinkletoes

You will be surprised at the size of the well as the weight of it.  It will be heavy.

You can divide it but it will "sulk" during the summer. It will wilt occasionally so keep it well watered.  A generous feed and mulch of mushroom compost will help.

Can you take one part and leave the rest behind?  

Enjoy your move to Scotland 

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