Latest posts by Verdun

Hellebore disappointment

Posted: 13/02/2016 at 12:25

People may say this...doubles flower as singles at first...but in my experience this is not true Judith

send pictures to your supplier.  I dare say the p & p wasn't cheap? 

I return anything and everything that is not as described regardless of cost. 

 Can you check on terms and conditions in the small print?  They may mention something as a disclaimer 

Leggy seedlings

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 19:49

Yes with most of them but cosmos esp.  They are so vigorous and respond really well

I planted out groups of cosmos for someone who had rabbits in her garden so I produced extra large bushy plants........almost 100 cm tall.....that flowered well above rabbits. 


Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:39

Valentine's Day Massacre Richard! 

Propagation fungicide

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:31

I just use hormone rooting powder....fresh every year.  I used to use Cheshunt compound but no longer available.

keeping pots clean, using fresh compost, not over doing the number of cuttings, not over watering is as good as any fungicide I think.  

I'm sure any ordinary fungicide can be used on cuttings and soil initially can be used.  i don't bother though 

Escallonia replacement

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:26

Pittosporum Keen?  Garnettii has silver grey variegated foliage.   Quick growing.  

Holly?  Golden King, Handsworth New Silver

hebe salicifolia?  

Senecio Sunshine/Greyii? grey mounded foliage and nice summer yellow flowers 

New lawn

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:10

Just patience Diane

there will be different opinions here....I would not spike or aerate now,for example.

i would apply a good granular feed in spring, prob around mid April.  This will rejuvenate your lawn. You could comsider some re seeding if bare patches warrant it but you will be surprised how quickly grass, when well fed, will respond. 

Leggy seedlings

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:05

Only growing whites this year though 

Leggy seedlings

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 18:00

I find concentrating on producing bushy cosmos plants, pinching back several times, regular re potting and simply not letting them flower too early will produce large, sturdy long flowering plants.  

Mine go out into the garden as 3 litre mounds of green foliage prob about 60 cm tall around late May.  I then remove first buds and...hey, they are superb 

Leggy seedlings

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:48

Pinch them out Tartan.  I refularly pinch cosmos to produce bushy plants.

also transplant slightly deeper into small pots.  

Regularly turn your plants too to avoid them leaning towards the light.  

Flowering and scenting your garden now

Posted: 12/02/2016 at 17:44

Winter scent is wonderful when the garden is usually a little drab and dormant. who needs colour? 

Cheerfulness when planted in numbers give out the best scent of all daffs I think

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