Latest posts by Verdun

Lawn cutting

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:23

I have regularly cut my grass....did so again a few days ago.....throughout the winter.  Mild, damp = perfecf growing weather for grass. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:20

Linda, for someone who has bindweed and nettles growing through and around her asparagus I use a discreet application of glyphosate (painted on) where close by and hand digging where it cannot hurt the asparagus.  I tried a similar thing, i.e. with cut outs of landscape fabric but I found the weeds simply grew horizontally (sometimes with very long stems) towards the light, viz., where the asparagus grew 

Wild garlic

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:14

Lou.....lawn weedkiller should work well but do not use glyohosate on any weed in the lawn.  No matter how careful you are you will kill surrounding patches of grass.

a friend has wild garlic growing amongst her lavendar hedge....these need regular digging as well as glyphosate where far enough away from the plants.  On her grass alongside I used lawn weedkiller to great effect so it does work. 


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 17:08

Alex, check out Avalon Pride....self fertile, peach leaf curl resistant and more compact.....(as recommended by Bob the Gardener 

Wild garlic

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:21

Use a lawn weedkiller lou....there is no other way.  Mowing will simply spread them.  

Use a spot lawn weedkiller so you can apply regularly....


Posted: 17/02/2016 at 12:07


Can I plant Anna's Red hellebores now?

Posted: 17/02/2016 at 09:19

Aym280, have to disagree with you.   hellebores enjoy lime so no to making it more acidic. One of the very best materials you can use when planting and mulching hellebores is mushroom compost 

Plants for around a pond

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 21:51

Deschampsia cespitosa is a favourite of mine.  From mid summer to autumn billowing flowers will look good near a pool.  Carex testacea is an evergreen "grass" with a unique olive colour. Because the pond is small you need to use plants that won't get too tall.  Astrantias and astilbes look good near water and associate well with grasses.  Primulas also look good near water. White  Arum lily if you have space is excellent in and near water as is lobelia ...Queen Victoria, Tanya, Hadspen Purple.  Yes, hostas too.  Not a grass but grasslike is libertia.  Olive leaves with touches of red, evergreen with dainty white flowers.  Really showy Esp next to heuchera Obsidion 

Should I accept this?

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 20:13

I had a similar response to a mumber of dianthus I bought from a well known grower.  I wont name them here .  my response was strong and determined including "not fit for purpose".  Took a further exchange of mail but I had a refund.

Sparkles, if you gemunely feel,your plant is ok then accept otherwise request a return postage label.  

This is an awful response.....ARE YOU LISTENING SUTTONS?  Time to re-assess your response here . A lot of gardening folk watching 

Moving a Rhododedron

Posted: 16/02/2016 at 18:42

Good point Punkdoc......esp in containers so many azaleas/rhodos are "drowned" by over mulching.  

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