Latest posts by Verdun

Newly Planted Bottle Brush dying

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:50

Bottle brushes are common down here.

first thought, Zachary, was your plant outside or inside the gc when you bought it?  If indoors and you planted it last week I would expect it to be exactly as it is now.  You need to protect the plant by leaving it outside for a few days bringing inside overnight. 

The watering!  Once at planting time but generously.  Certainly not every would "drown".  Unless bare root ....not recommended....transplant shock is unlikely. 

Zachary, a further point....did you check rootball?  If roots were congested the plant would dry out quickly and suffer 

has it been hot or cold there this past week Zachary?  UK conditions are slightly different 

More haste.......

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:39

in my haste this morning I sprayed with shave gel instead of deo.  Cans are much the same.  

Come on folks you must have  this too 


Posted: 13/04/2016 at 07:33

You can do it now Krissy although some frost is forecast in one or two areas.  In this case cover with fleece overnight 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 13/04/2016 at 06:51

thanks Lyn. More stress you can do without     Been in similar situations and you really do have to fight sometimes. Those that don't or can't lose out  yes, I would certainly fight your corner if I lived nearer  

re Crocus.  I was told by a senior member of their team that certain plants are sourced or supplied via B & Q. Or their supplies come from same supplier B & Q uses.   Many of the big names buy in plants and do not grow them themselves....nothing wrong in this anyway but this is the point I have been challenged on.    If anyone else has heard this please add to this thread.....I would really appreciate it.      No wires crossed at all.  Outspoken I may be but I do not lie.  Crocus gave me this info as a reason for the poor quality of plant supplied. I can evidence the quality of my recent order from them as I took a photo of it when I complained.  Very happy to reproduce it on the forum as well as my emails.  the photo was of their salvia and an equally desirable salvia supplied the following day by a different supplier.  Eventually money back. 

However, I will enquire by email where their plants come from and if they are grown by Crocus.  I will also try to find out with a bone, me    It could be Interesting.  if I secure the info I require I will publish and I hope apologies will come folks 

wet walk to the beach this morning...warm though and bright. Gorse had a wonderful smell though filling the air.  

Have good day everyone esp those not well or caring for sick ones 


Spider mite spider mite does the things a spider might

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:42

Jasmine water, ordinary water is the best solution to mites on conifers. I assume you have susceptible conifers?  Picea Albertiana Conica perhaps? 

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:25

Remember Tiarellas are easily divided and repeat flower during the summer.  After its first flowering lift it and divide it into 2, enrich the planting hole and plant out.  

Imperata and tiarellas enjoy similar conditions 

Firming compost.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:08


unlike soil compost does not need to be unduly firmed.  I pot up, lightly press fingers in the compost a couple of times and then tap the pot a couple of times on the ground then water.  Done this for a few years now 

Yes, It does help the roots to grow better.  Over- firmed compost does inhibit growth in my experience.

john innes is different.  You do need to firm this 

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 22:00

Linda, when you say similar what do you really mean?  Red grasses?  Imperata Red Baron is absolutely superb.....maroon red grass from mid summer into autumn.  I posted pictures last year. plant with tiarellas ....their frothy white/pink flowers look womderful with imperata.  Or anemone Wild Swan with pure whit flowers.

carex comans bronze has similar foliage colour to rubrum but very easy and hardy.  Uncinia unciniata rubra is evergreen with red leaves changing to maroon according to soil and temperature.  Carex buxhanii is similar but with erect taller foliage.  

If its the pennisetum flowers you want check out Villosum and Hamelyn. 

Careful Linda......grasses are addictive 


Posted: 12/04/2016 at 21:52

Not yet though musher 

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