Latest posts by Verdun

Dahlia treatment

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:12

GD, delay in planting out just yet.....esp with forecast this coming week 

Pots look big enough as far as I can see

I pinch everything so,,yes, I would pinch at least a couple of times more.

one of my jobs recently, incl today, was to pot on dahlias into large pots and I mix up mpc, dried manure, pelleted chicken manure and fish blood and bone. Last year I compared growing them with this mix and with those grown in mpc.  Plants were stronger,,more floriferous and healthier. interestingly too, they were pest free.  The only additional feed was a monthly spray with seaweed....this seems to make plants unpalatable to slugs,,etc.  



Posted: 24/04/2016 at 20:01

Zenjeff, do you anticipate any backlash in the future with large scale and repeated nematode use?

will nematodes evolve into something more sinister to create yet another problem man cannot control?  Do we really know enough about them?  

I use nematodes for weevils, leatherjackets and slugs but I am aware of some worries about them ! 

How to kill bluebells

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:50

Bluebells not for my garden.  They certainly will take over.  Glyphosate or digging them out are the only options.

however, a friend with 6 acres including woodland wants as many as possible so that's where mine go. ,

bluebells in a woodland area are fantastic.  In a small or medium size garden they are,  and look like, weeds 

Grass on the drive

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:46

Emma lou, good suggestion.  Used one years ago but great for gravel paths so you have emcouraged me to get another flame torch. 

15 years post cancer!  Excellent 

your favourite woodland perennials

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:40

Keen, white arum lily is superb in shade or partial shade.  Provides nice lush leaves too.  

If you can get some goodness in the soil check out acteas. ,sculptured bronze/purple leaves with scented white flowers in mid to late summer.  Unaffected by pests.  In shade the foliage will tone down a little.  Gives height without needing support.

another structural perennial is veronicastrum alba. lovely lanceolate leaves on a sturdy frame and white flowers in summer. Neat and tall up to 5'

Liriopes too for lower levels.  Evergreen grass-like foliage and, although usually blue flowers in lare summer/autumn, there are white varieties.  A white foliage form Blondy is very nice esp,when planted with white heuchera Snowstorm. (Evergreen white foliage)  check out hosta White Velvet too 


Posted: 24/04/2016 at 19:27

Invicta, check out Stainless Steel....later flowering and classy colour 

My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:30

Hello marion.  So many plants in flower over such a long time.....always something in flower it seems . have you ever said how big your garden is?  Do you do it all yourself? 

Black Soot

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 18:08

Zigga, spraying will do no good. ,

the cause is aphids.  Their secretions help sooty mould to form

bit of a job but you meed to physically wash as many leaves as you can THEN you can spray with an insecticide

i had a choisya, skimmia and sarcoccoca covered with mould ....maybe 4 years ago.  Every leaf, just about, was washed top and bottom.  i lightly pruned back all bushes to start with then used an insecticide. a soap spray a couple or more times during the summer comtrolled further aphid attacks.

my bushes have been clear ever since

cheshire gal,  a mildew killer will have no affect but try pruning back to a more manageable size to again attempt to wash your rhodo. 

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 24/04/2016 at 17:56

Happycottontail, I think the problem is lime, or the lack of it.

dianthus thrive in alkaline soils.  Can you get mushroom compost?  If so dig in plenty of mushroom compost.  It will supply lime and lighten your clay soil 

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.  



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