Latest posts by Verdun

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:42

Agree.  Lavendar needs to grow hard and not fed or mulched.  Keep weed free though when young.  And unless very dry do not water unless in pots 

Osteospermum Daisy May - Pinch Out?

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:39

For sure yes Mr BB.  And pinch again when you pot on....more stems, more flowers 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:37

Yes aspirin is used by many on their plants.  Not done it myself but then I don't take aspirin myself.

don't dismiss your helpful neighbour Sophie.  I learned an awful lot from guys on an allotment and people who had been successful gardeners for years. 

some of the old remedies were horrific but many are not and proven to be effective and safe. the modern chemicals are not to be regarded as totally safe 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 11:31

Sanjy, take out the whole flowered stem back to the base.  They are easy to differentiate...according to colour the stems will be darker even purple but they are all much thicker.  Keep all other growth and feed.

if you want seedlings then leave flowered stems for another 3 weeks or so.  I simply want vigour for better flowers next year so removing energy sapping seed heads will help this 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:22

Aym, mine have been cut back so you will have to take my word for it or remind me next winter or check past pics on the forum.  Hellebores are my passion....well, along with salvias, agastaches, cannas, hostas, grasses, etc etc 

dont grow petunias but could be water spots, sun spots, anything.  If you have otherwise healthy leaves just snip off those affected.  You can easily over water right now.....temps esp overnight are pretty low so keeping compost drier will help I think 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:15

You get nowhere by "being blasee" aym 

white swan is another toughie by the way.

yes, move them now.  I never plant small stuff in the garden; instead I grow them on in pots and plant them out when much bigger. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:10

Overnight rain has produced lots of growth out there.

dry walk in the sunshine though this morning

looks like sunshine and some showers today so gardening will be limited.  Expecting a plant package today.  

Pieris Katsura compact shrub

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:05

Clinches it then lubylu, if you can grow a rhodo you have acid soil 

re taking it back.....if you paid with a card the evidence is there. some gc's have a membership scheme,,like Wyevale, that will identify you.  They also give a 5 year warranty on plants. 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 08:01

Buttercups,,yes Sundown is tough.  had mine for several years now and its growing away this year too.  

Overwintering echinaceas too is fun n games.  I have tried so many of the new types...they have a tendency to wilt on flowering. Overcame this, with logic, research and diligence but primarily by allowing root system instead of flowers to develop.  Harvest Moon, Arts Pride, etc., etc., have been delightful but for 2 years only.

the other thing I tried was to protect them over winter but pathogens/whatever developed when they got too warm. 

The doubles seem to be hardier too 


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 07:52

Aym, most of mine are pretty good for not looking down and a couple are positively upward facing.  Buy good stock ...quality every time

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