London (change)
Today 10°C / 5°C
Tomorrow 10°C / 6°C

Verdun


Latest posts by Verdun

Runner beans

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:35

Ah!  Never done that Bob.  So no reduction in cropping?  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:34

Re planting dahlias, I too give a lot of thought about their placements.  If purple foliaged, for example, often near a white striped miscanthus or Cornus aurea, or in front of tall helenium.  Or a blue in foreground.  

Yellow Honka is stunning near salvias...rhe shorter patens or the taller guaranitica or the purple salvia Amistad...sorry folks, nothing subtle with this planting  Best to get these things right I think.

Still a dahlia or two to go out and want to get a white next to geum totally tangerine but white .....Star Child......is not quite big enough yet.

Sun is out now so it will be a quick walk with the dog

Hostas

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:48

I divide hostas every 2 or 3 years into sizeable clumps and repot or replant using compost, etc.  I do this at any time of year, even mid summer.  Mid summer plants then produce superb foliage right through to autumn but without flowers.

Slugs and snails get into the compost so check under your pots Susiejenny.  Those small ones ....are they keel slugs?.....often lurk there.  Also, small snails will hide in the crowns.

Touch wood.......none of my hostas are damaged yet amd I usually keep them like this for most of the summer. I find hostas lose their foliage quality after flowering as well as attracting slugs, etc., at this time too.

I grow many hostas in the open....most of my garden is sunny......so I ensure they are well watered.  However, the very yellow or varieties with lots of white in their leaves, like Fire and Ice, need to be out of the sun or they will burn.  

I grow a few different varieties....just added Fire Island that looks a little weak, so far........and, I agree Susiejenny, they light up the garden 

 

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:35

Ah, Warrens pasties Peat B.

Philps are the best I think.

I think copper tape is effective around pots for anything trying to climb in from the outside.  Just make sure  nearby plants are not touching hostas.

Brambles do not work.  Have you never seen snails on brambles?  

Slugs and snails are survivors ..salt is their enemy.  Nematodes may be the solution of applied often enough....3 or 4 times a year. 

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:24

Obelixx, that's disheartening,,isn't it?  Still time though for those plants to recover and do something for you this summer

Cornus sanguinea 'Midwinter fire'

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:22

Midwinter Fire breaks the mould when pruning dogwoods.  It just doesn't like being pruned.  It lacks vigour and needs just to be left to its devices removing only the dead wood. I think it might need less moisture than other dogwoods too....Just a personal comclusion about this plant. 

What hand tools do you recommend?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:18

Point taken kjdintown.  It doesnt really do much for your hands either.  

Salix flamingo

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:14

Marlene, I grow a similar variety Nishiki but for its foliage .....they are very similar,,if not the same.   If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone will tell me 

It wonder if it got waterlogged over the winter...?  Although it likes reasonable moisture I think this willow doesn't like it too wet for too long.

No new growth at all?  Just leave it for few more weeks to see if it does respond.

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:06

Don't pick any rhubarb this year Forester.  Keeping it well watered, fed and mulched will help produce a strong plant for next year.

Not sure rhubarb in a pot is a great idea LorraineP. 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:03

Chicky, yes.  When each flowered stem has finished cut it back right to the ground. However. Look out for smaller flower spikes emerging on those flowered stems and cut back to them.  Then cut back to ground when they have finished.  I take off all heavy stems leaving just soft growth. I also often divide them and pot them up.

A tidy up ...removing rotting debris and possible lurking snails (lupins seem to get attacked by a lot of tiny snails at this point) ........and a feed  of fish blood and bone will prepare them for an even better show next year.

Yes, maybe a bit like haircut for your geraniums, which I do every year in mid summer

Discussions started by Verdun

Coleonema

Anyone growing this? 
Replies: 2    Views: 72
Last Post: 03/03/2015 at 21:10

Associating hydrangea limelight,

Replies: 20    Views: 540
Last Post: 12/01/2015 at 17:06

Unusual red hot pokers......

Replies: 16    Views: 412
Last Post: 10/01/2015 at 22:32

Mahonia soft caress

Replies: 19    Views: 559
Last Post: 14/01/2015 at 14:14

Dilemma........wot to choose?

Replies: 17    Views: 615
Last Post: 29/12/2014 at 11:03

For Stacey and others absent at mo...

Replies: 7    Views: 425
Last Post: 22/12/2014 at 12:30

Preposterous question....

Replies: 81    Views: 2282
Last Post: 18/12/2014 at 22:27

It's a big worry......

Replies: 47    Views: 1802
Last Post: 05/12/2014 at 12:09

Now then, now then....

Replies: 3    Views: 313
Last Post: 01/12/2014 at 12:14

Black Friday bargains

Replies: 67    Views: 2374
Last Post: 02/12/2014 at 21:34

Any other dodos out there?

Replies: 9    Views: 420
Last Post: 15/11/2014 at 18:42

What's left for us to grow?

Replies: 20    Views: 682
Last Post: 10/11/2014 at 18:44

Meany or being careful !

Replies: 50    Views: 1724
Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 15:32

Clocks go forward tonight

Replies: 37    Views: 881
Last Post: 26/10/2014 at 12:43

Impressions of the posters here

Replies: 248    Views: 6805
Last Post: 27/10/2014 at 21:32
1 to 15 of 188 threads