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Latest posts by Verdun

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:34

Johnsons blue is a relic of the past now.....doesn't flower for long. much better varieties now.

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 23:30

Wiseheadcrone, roses are pruned in spring then "pinched back" when the dead flowers are removed...when cut back to new buds each time.  clematis, depending on variery, were pruned in spring so no pinching back.

yviesrevie,,fhe point is fhat delphiniums are supposed to be tall......mine are tied to 6 to 8 ' canes.  Cutting them down spoils their "majesty"

Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 22:00

Hang on folks.  Don't chop for the sake of it.  

i cut back hardy geraniums ....some of mid summer when the fullest flush of flowers is fading.  A trim back...not really a "Chelsea chop"......and they will flower anew a few weeks later.  This isn't to keep them bushy but to re energise flowering. 

Some plants benefit from being chopped back now and others don't..  don't think it will make much difference to asters.

best thing is to watch how your plants grow and learn...some benefit from chelsea chop, some from pimching back, others trimmed, others need staking.  


Chelsea Chop

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:49

No not with asters either for me.  

blueberries have arrived but what now?

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:43

I'm just guessing but I would say 30' max. Tetley.

Lily beetles

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:38

I think the sensible thing is to grow as varied as many different plants as possible.  Grow too much of the same thing close together and pests and diseases are attracted.  A dahlia is never planted next to another, for example.  Astrantias spaced well apart, etc.

Hardy Geranium

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:31

Its not johnsons blue methinks.  It's not one I grow.  

Leggy polygoniums

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:20

No Gill. Cut them back now.  Use material,for cuttings. Those plants will soon recover and flower very quickly.  I regularly cut back during the summer or they will grow and grow amd grow. ,


Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:18

Valerie, also don't twist, bend or flatten the foliage to disguise it.  Bear with the fading foliage for 6 weeks or so.  I wait until the foliage is yellow/ straw colour and then simply remove.  It comes away then easily from the bulbs.

Tomato sungold

Posted: 24/05/2015 at 20:14

Grow as cordons Aliesh. 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 02:59

There's orangey........

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:26

Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 07:46

Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 09:48

Best herbaceous foliage

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 18:31

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 10:16

Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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