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Latest posts by Verdun

help with camellia

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:35

Tolet, have you been watering it a lot lately?  Or is it in a wet spot?  


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:30

Pretty hot here too. ,planted out a couple of agastaches, hostas but yet to find perfect spot for Buddleia buzz Magenta.

garden full of large wallflowers in full bloom and when they are past their best dahlias, salvias and others will take their place.   A large specimen. Wallflower is far removed from those little things that are massed together in my opinion. 

Best winter hardy heather?

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 17:25

The best  winter hardy heathers are the carneas.  I grow vivelli....dark foliage with dark pink flowers, Ann Sparkes with orange foliage and red flowers, foxhollow with yellow foliage  and pale pink flowers.  i also grow a taller white escapes me for mo......but there are lots of good varieties 

for ordinary soil.......neutral to alkaline ...the carneas are easy.,hardy and colourful even out of flower

Geranium "Mayflower" - help please!

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:25


i have a plant of this........THINK it's Mayflower but it was a clump given to me......and its growing in an open situation and does well.  However from 2pm onwards it does not receive full sun.  

I would enrich the plantIng hole though and water well at first.  

Try your clumps in different's how most of us learn about our plants because plants are fairly adaptable.  

Can you create a relatively shady spot?  Or a dapplled shade spot by growing something a little taller on the sunny side?  

Can you pot up one clump to return it to its original site once your work is completed?


Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:18

Jade, I used to do just that.  Bags full of seaweed with all sorts of jumping, leaping and crawling creatures.  Mind you they tasted good with my cheese sandwiches .


Posted: 06/04/2015 at 12:15

Beautiful, glorious, magnificent day .....

not much gardening but runner beans down, a few herbs potted on and I will need to think about watering soon.........not a lot of rain over past couple of weeks I think.

Watched a recording of Beechgrove last night...may not have learned a lot but it's such a lovely prog, inspirstional and relaxing.

enjoy the day folks  

Bone meal or Fish bone and blood??

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 19:02

Just "tickle" fish blood and bone into the soil surface Simon

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

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 18:50

For the sake of curiosity I found that a stinging nettle does not sting the nose. Try it 


when to plant lily bulbs and crocosmia for summer

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 18:46

Lily bulbs will flower this year...should be planted asap.  

Depending on size of your crocosmia whether it will flower this year but again get it planted asap 

Thinning out dianthus

Posted: 05/04/2015 at 18:42

When you say dianthus Charley do you mean garden pinks?  These do not thin out.  They are relatively short lived as attractive plants...I.e.they get Woody, leggy and untidy after three years or so.  Best to take cuttings every year really....they are easy though and produce good flowering plants in a few months.  Cuttings rooted last autumn will produce good plants by mid to late summer.

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