Latest posts by Verdun

Best and worst seed and potting compost

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:34

Compost from Wyevale...own brand...looks and feels excellent so far. good texture and finely sieved. Mixed with perlite it is good 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:15

Ah, you spotted my deliberate mistake Fairy. Forgot to mention the early morning sun.

however, I think Sue's plants are so small she will not lose flowers by moving now.  Plus, the roots will have longer to establish before the heat of our heatwave summer 

I move camelias regularly here, often on a whim and in flower, without any problem 

Moving a Camellia plant

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 18:01

Sue, yes do it asap if ground is reasonably dry and not frozen.  2' high?  It's a baby and wont even notice the move.  

Sanjy, me too. always moving plants that is.  A decent root system and plenty of water usually works 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:56

Hazel...."maybe more" donuts . You are my favourite  

your mother makes sense.....not as " nutty" as you then Hazel??? 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:36

Philippa, I AM very old . Two birthdays a year does take its toll but I get a lot of pressies 

Starting Dahlias 2016

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:33

Soak the tubers Daffodilgirl???  Not for me 

check them to see if they are dehydrated.  If so you will have to rehydrate them....a little.  If they look ok pot up in fresh dry compost.   In a few weeks when you see shoots start gentle watering.....very sparingly.  For now it's PATIENCE 

Lawn cutting

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:23

I have regularly cut my grass....did so again a few days ago.....throughout the winter.  Mild, damp = perfecf growing weather for grass. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:20

Linda, for someone who has bindweed and nettles growing through and around her asparagus I use a discreet application of glyphosate (painted on) where close by and hand digging where it cannot hurt the asparagus.  I tried a similar thing, i.e. with cut outs of landscape fabric but I found the weeds simply grew horizontally (sometimes with very long stems) towards the light, viz., where the asparagus grew 

Wild garlic

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:14

Lou.....lawn weedkiller should work well but do not use glyohosate on any weed in the lawn.  No matter how careful you are you will kill surrounding patches of grass.

a friend has wild garlic growing amongst her lavendar hedge....these need regular digging as well as glyphosate where far enough away from the plants.  On her grass alongside I used lawn weedkiller to great effect so it does work. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:08

Alex, check out Avalon Pride....self fertile, peach leaf curl resistant and more compact.....(as recommended by Bob the Gardener 

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