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Latest posts by Verdun

Collapsing Cosmos

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 15:41

Have to agree with Lyn.  Grow  them as big as possible by potting on a few times and delay flowering by regular pinching out  ( late June is fine for me) 

However, they are annuals programmed to go over before autumn perennials and it is autumn.  Not here in west Cornwall, of course   You need to deadhead but cosmos will decidedly look tired now.

(no collapsing heleniums, dahlias, or salvias (infuriating) plug for preferring perennials )

Should I risk it or not?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:51


dont grow chrysanthemums ...well, for a few years now.  However, if you are sure ??ou have white rust the last thing you should do is take them into the greenhouse.  In fact I would destroy the plants 

I will bump up your thread hoping others who do grow,chrysanthemums will respond 


still dithering

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:42

Lyn has just reminded me to say that geranium Elke has been performing all summer without any cut back.  unique colouring but a real workhorse too.  Worth checking out folks  

Can you grow a tree in a pot?

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:34

As a short term...maybe 3 years....planting,  eucalyptus would look good in a pot.  Lovely juvenile blue foliage.  then start again.  Prune every year and a good moisture and nutrient supply during the growing season. Pinch out growing shoots 2 or 3 times too,during the summer 

Acers are excellent for pots.  As are conifers like Taxus and juniper varieties but need to be kept bushy and compact with annual pruning. 


Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:28

Something very odd there Gran

I would contact hospital again .....muscle just doesn't "disappear" 


Posted: 23/09/2014 at 08:22

I was going to go on a mystery trip once but nobody would tell me where we were going..

Morning folks.  Bit cooler last night.  Sunny and calm. ...lovely day to come 


Pruning Dogwood

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 22:23

Michael, in early spring cut back hard on every stem .  Apply fertiliser too.   

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:03

Thanks Lesley 


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 20:02

Classy?  You mean me Fairy?  


Posted: 22/09/2014 at 19:52

Should,look good MrsGarden.  Dont want all purple?  Whichever I'm sure it will be just fine. Like purple shrubs ....adds a rich touch to,the garden. 

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