Latest posts by Verdun

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:32

Couple of thoughts Mark,

is it wet there? I think this is the real problem 

have you mulched there?  Perhaps with mushroom compost?

a large bush to spray Mark.......i would apply sequestered iron around the roots, prune out dead wood and trim back remaining stems.  Then a mulch of pine bark or ericaceous compost. 

I have "recovered" a much smaller addition to the above I sprayed with epsom salts a couple of times.  



What to plant in a pot next to the front door?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:18

Different sort of thing but what about a conifer...."noooo" you scream 

however taxus standishii is a tough, easy superb evergreen for a decent size comtainer.  Tolerates dry comditions and most everything except waterlogging.  Colour from olive yellow in winter to brightest yellow in summer and happy to be pruned.  

Lithodora  is an evergreen trailing bushy plant producing brilliant blue flowers now and for several weeks.  Easy but use ericaceous compost in your pot.  Thymus Silver Posie is a tall thyme with delightful silver leaves and pink flowers in summer.  

Pittosporum Tom Thumb?  A small evergreen purple shrub, almost black in winter.

convolvulous cneorum is a beautiful mound of silver leaves producing velvety pure white flowers for most of the summer...a real eye catcher

euryops pectinatus is a silvery green evergreen perennial with yellow flowers for months.

check out Coronilla glauca varieties too 

Cosmos Plant - help

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:09

Tony, just in case,,sow more purity if you have more seed. my first sowing, too early really, didn't germinate.  Second lot took a few days only. 

Exciting time of year Tony.

in the garden new shoots appearing now every day.....and we have a super summer to come 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 14:31

Best wishes Wessex for a full recovery.  Wish I lived near you. Must be someone on the forum who does and can help you. 

Can a neighbour help you with this?  Or family member?  

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 12:16

Just take your time Wessex.....maybe bit by bit 

Is it too late to prune a lavatera?

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 10:03

Just caught me amy......just pinch it back now.  

Hope you got the sun there too 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 08:22

Good point Steve....I broke my trusty half moon. Lovely tool to use though 

Arenaria The Pearl - not happy

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 08:13

Hilary,,I think it is a water problem.  Too much despite having "good drainage."

i would replant in a mixture of mpc and perlite.....25% perlite....or john innes number 1 with 50% perlite.  I would also plant in slightly proud of the compost level and add gravel slightly raised in the centre.  Avoid watering although, paradoxically, I would water when planted 

hope this helps

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 08:05

Hiya Wessex

use glyphosate. 

Just make sure you spray only on the grass you want to kill.  Use a line and a board to avoid spray drift onto your lawn.  A watering can would do the job.  A dry day with very little wind too.  Allow 6 hours of dry weather and then the job is done

a half moon to re edge the grass would be my way clean the edge and then spray odd growth in your drive. 

Hope this helps Wessex 

California lilac

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 07:58

Ceanothus will suddenly Jac4,,,,just die.   It will not recover so a replacement but plant somewhere else, 

Usually,,a hard pruning will kill them.  Sometimes they survive but usually not.  The taller larger leaved vwrieties are the least resistant to hard pruning but the smaller ones, if pruned annually, will live longer. 

Ceanothus grow well down here but,,eventually,,they all have been replaced.  Some monsters have sadly disappeared.  However they grow so quickly so loss is only temporary 

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