Verdun


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Garden design fails

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 08:37

Roses........those over planted, usually ugly, shapeless, prickly stems ??ith "beautiful" flowers at the ends...... to make it worse, usually a whole bunch of them planted together.  

Janice, yes use that white gravel.....it helps with weeds and can set off plants esp those with coloured foliage . Good in containers too as an attractive "mulch" 

Camelias

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 08:27

Yes you can Sandy....and it will do it good.    camelias can get leggy if not pruned.

look to encourage a nice shape and then give it a good mulch 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 07:55

Morning folks 

wet, wet wet......looks like our part of Cornwall is hit by a stalled weather system over us.  I guess the rest of you are enjoying dry weather.  Its just a narrow band but wont budge 

Camellia

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 01:41

Janice, can you give a brief description as to why you say how "sorry" they look?

are the leaves nice and dark green?  Or are they yellow?  Maybe they are yellow and green?   are they thin and spindly?  How big are they?  Do they flower?  Any flowers now?  Why do you say "different wind direction"?  Are yours in a very exposed windy position?

They might simply be "hungry".  They might be in a dry spot.  Are they old,,large bushes?

Can you post a picture?

camelias need decent soil and rich living.  

Depending on what you say in reply, a feed of sequestered iron and a generous mulch  of ericaceous compost mixed with pelleted chicken manure or dried farm manure and a fertiliser like fish blood and bone will help your camelias grow well.  Keep them well watered during the summer too..  

Camelias are well worth growing.....I have 5 bushes in full flower right now.  Nothing quite like them at this time of year 

you can move camelias....now is a good time to do this.  Do you have a better spot for them?  they are tough plants though so moving is a last resort.  Try the feeding options first 

Winter Care for Imperata 'Red Baron'

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 21:23

Pot them up, keep in cold frame for 3 weeks or so then leave outside for the summer.  Dont let them dry out.  In my sandy loam they enjoy a few extra waterings 

Potentilla

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 21:21

Just means later flowering 

Winter Care for Imperata 'Red Baron'

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 20:22
Andy,,yes you can. Using a sharp serrated knife, cut straight down the middle. Plant out one half and either pot up the other or slice again to pot up 2

In two minds

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:23

Sammy, agree with Obelixx.  Get it sorted now, once and for all.  

 

From bunk bed to raised bed

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 15:21

Ok for the summer pompeyboy but I dont fancy sleeping outside in the winter 

New to the forum - hi!

Posted: 01/04/2016 at 11:47

More to do with beetroot being a maritime crop Steve 

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