Latest posts by Verdun

Old rhody and azalea

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:44

Hi Darren.

firstly never a guarantee whatever you cut back hard but....

I would cut both your rhodo and azalea back as hard as you like.  Half measures that only half satisfy you will annoy you.  Use sharp secateurs or loppers to perform a nice clean operation 

encouragement?  It will rejuvenate them.  It will avoid your constant annoyance of them as they are now.  You will be pleased in a year's time.  

Clean up and mulch with pine bark or ericaceous compost 

What is happening to the foliage on these 2 fuscias

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:38

For sure,,I agree with Lyn.  Cut back hard,,clean the ground,,feed and mulch. A big, big no to ericaceous compost too C3k.  Would do your fuschia no favours at all 

for me rust forms on older leaves as a legacy from previous seasons.  I am a great advocat of pruning fuschias, hypericums and the like.  I never get rust.  

Help with my heather !

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:31

NOOOOOOOO Hatttie. Ignore those unbelievers  infidels I say 

I love heathers...have a nice area of them and they are wonderful in winter and a nice backcloth in summer.  They are mostly admired....I have some with yellow foliage that produces red/orange new shoots after flowering.  They are classy,,colourful, evergreen and weed auppressing...what more does anyone want? 

(just to irritate Hostafan....burn all hostas!  Er, except mine )


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:26

I thought rust too Andy...the scourge of hollyhocks.    Wish I could enlarge the picture though 

Luke, cut off those lower older leaves then mulch with compost. 

When to prune a Camellia?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:21

Looks great Ice.   Very healthy plant 

Yes, as hard as you like.  It will recover well however hard you go but because it is so dense I would take every branch back to shoots but do so with a view to shape.  Those flowers will soon be over so you could wait a while longer but for me I would do it now

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:16

Dull, damp but feeling warm.  Dry now with a view of blue sky in patches. 

Like archie,,pleased to see the rain. better than any artificial watering 


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:07

Sandra, in lawns, pathways?  

Vine weevil question

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 17:04


Yes, use provado vine weevil killer 

for now repot using fresh compost. tidy roots and cut back tops.

there is evidence to suggest using john innes soil based compost instead of mpc helps deter vine weevils.

in early autumn apply provado and repeat in spring.

When to prune a Camellia?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 11:20

Ice cut it now. It still has plenty of time to grow and form flowers 

musher is right...after flowering is ideal but you are not far behind . you can prune as hard as you like...I like to cut to where buds/shoots are in pairs.  Camelias respond very well to pruning ...some simply take a pair of shears to them but better to  prune for shape and balance.

when pruning you can help determine its growth....prune to an upward bud for tight erect growth; for wider growth prune to downward/outward  facing buds.  In your case look for upward shoots to cut to. Camelias look superb even out of flower if nice and bushy so go for it Ice without worry 

I have 5 or 6 camelias and all have been pruned.  The last was moved a few weeks back and to make it more bushy I have pruned all shoots half way....did this last week.  


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:07

Liri, I am going for White Tanna.  Thanks 

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