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Latest posts by Verdun

Slug extermination

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:08

Nematodes, pellets or vigilance in picking off slugs/snails at night rather than any boiling water will help in controlling these critters.

turning over the ground and exposing eggs etc to the birds may help too.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 18:05

Their reputation is that peonies hate to be moved but I have found that not to be the case.  I divide, move them etc and they flower often following year. the secret is to plant them shallowly as has been said.  And a big no to growing them in pots.

I agree too that slugs are prob the reason for your perennials disappearing Kim. Especially in early spring.  At least protect them during this time 


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 12:20

A balanced organic fertiliser for blood and bone....or pelleted chicken manure .


Talkback: How to cut back ornamental grasses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 11:44


i don't like to over feed.....if they're growing well I would lightly use fish blood n bone again.

you don't say what grasses

Talkback: How to cut back ornamental grasses

Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:53

Nothing too crucial really except right now to be a little careful to remove just old growth.  So not right down to base now.   Snap and cut and comb out base with fingers to tidy up.  A tickle in of compost and fertiliser too helps.


Posted: 27/02/2015 at 08:49

Beautiful morning.  Think it's supposed to stay this way for most of the day.  Should do something in the garden but I won't......unless I'm pressed to plant up friends fruit.

hope everyone has good day 


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 23:59

Hiya Woody.  Not for me though......don't like it 

this year, so far, my hellebores have Not been as good as previous years.  They are later too..  I suspect I allowed them to flower again in the summer last year ....don't usually allow this and remove potential summer flowers.

new gardener

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 10:43

Welcome 2194.....May I call you 21?

seed best indoors for now

Spring plants!

Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:57

Corydallis.......beautiful blue flowers in spring.  


Astilbes and astrantias, although a little later in flowering, provide attractive spring foliage, esp varieties like astilbe fanal with its glorious copper red new foliage. 

Euphorbia polychroma is a lovely spring plant.....get it next to the corydallis.


Posted: 26/02/2015 at 08:13

Mild but wet.  

Had an emergency chauffeur duty late last night to take someone to hospital.  Our hospitals are on black alert so we expected a very long wait.  However it seems people kept away so seen and away in 90 mins

have good day everyone 

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