Latest posts by Verdun

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:17

Emma, varieties of pennisetum rubrum like Fireworks are very tender indeed.  Even in a heated gh they can fail.  Best regarded as annuals.  Warm season grasses so their impact in the garden is only reallt noticeable between June and September.

i have overwintered them....have done this year for first time in a few years....but wont know for sure until growth re starts in a few weeks. 

Its not just about temperature but they need watering too over winter in a gh so tricky.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:43


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:42

Morning Marion

what variety of jacobs ladder did you plant?  Do you like the variegated varieties like Stairway to Heaven?

hope you enjoy your day outdoors today....forecasf is good 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:36

In our heavily farming and fishing area opinion is that we MUST leave EU.  As said before the government minister in charge of farming, fishing etc ...also our local mp.....says we need to leave the EU

Down here these industries are being destroyed by EU 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:30

Lovely morning here....warm already.  Watered and fed plants in gh and conservatory 

hope Lyn is coping well and hosta is recovering 

have good day everyone 

Newbie - Privet Hedge Stumps

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:28

Quarkrad, you have to dig up that privet.  

I have removed large overgrown privet and, yes, the rootstock can be heavy and difficult.

i dig a trench all round and deep enough to then start digging below from the sides.  Secateurs and a sharp saw are useful too to cut roots as you see them.  A crowbar too is mighty handy.  A mixture of cutting, digging and levering will move them.

i think too much thinking is being made here Quarkrad because you will remove them.  Do you have a friend who can work with you?  

I found when the first privet stump is removed the others are easier...the ground is partially  dug and loosened for the next stump.  The size of stumps I had were so heavy they could not be easily lifted.  They had grown some 15' plus and been in place for years

too late now of course but best to leave 4' or so of stiff stems to help with the levering process.

just think though Quarkrad, when those privets are gone how satisfied you will be.  Job done for good.  

Good luck 

Plug plant problems

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 22:13

Are you over watering Scott?  Water well when planted into 9cm pots then only when they get dry.  I like to cover with fleece for a day or so after potting up.

your gh should be fine 

i assume you are putting those plugs in pots and not into shallow trays 

you don't say which lobelias you have...some like it wet some don't.  Can you say what plants you have bought?

plugs are good for growing on during the summer potting up again and again as they grow with a view to planting out in autumn or next spring.

in a few weeks you can leave those plants outside


Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:48

Who needs flowers GD?  Superb colour 

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58

Aym, i have a well known garden centre nearby.  I have a large nursery even closer. The difference in quality, price and range of plants is amazing.  I took a friend to this nursery a couple of weeks back.  She spent £80 odd on large and numerous plants.  We calculated she would have spent over £400 in GC.....however, many plants were not available in the GC.  Ironically this nursery supplies many plants to this GC.  We had plants growing in 10 litre pots and some 4' plus high. 

local nurseries are the best.  For special unusual plants buying online in the dormant season is excellent.  

Buying trees online versus in the local garden centre

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:47

Down here the dormant season is well and truly over. bare root trees here now would not be good.

agree with Jinxy though.  Ask the online supplier for his advice. ,Let us know but I have a feeling a reputable supplier will advise waiting now until the autumn.

dominoman,,pot grown will be fine. Any local nurseries? 

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