Latest posts by Verdun

Stupid, or what ?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:03

Often you can make an educated guess which varieties of penstemon is which.  White ones are easy...the leaves are much paler.  The purple and dark ones tend to have giveaway purple tones in stems and leaves.  Huskers Red of course is very easy to ID.

leaves are often different sizes with slightly different shapes and growth habit so close comparison witb parent plant can be effective.   I have successfully identified pink from     penstemon Sour Grapes so all is not lost.  (i like to grow penstemons in groups of 3 so quite important) 

Cottage Pinks

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:55

Morning Bonsai Marc, firstly pot them up and secondly get them outside. Then pinch back or cut back.  You can let them grow in pots whilst you are deciding where to put them 

i grow them for their foliage ....evergreen blue well as their flowers so they make an attractive feature all year round.  Maybe fronting a red acer??

they tend to look ragged when planted as a group or in a line.....i tried this once to provide lots of scented cut flowers.  Not one of my best ideas

don't see why they wouldn't fit in with cottage garden style though 


Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:47

Why do all the girls like Hot Lips Lyn?  

I think this plant is very much a male/female divide.........not one I like 

a delightful salvia is one called cacalifolia.     Always difficult to keep.  Short dumpy true blue flowere sign of mine this year but I think will be ok . (Hmmm! Think I will whizz out and take a look )

Expensive perennial plug plants

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:40

Bought Love n Wishes from local nursery as a 3 litre plant and planted out in early autumn and now putting on new growth.  I took cuttings in autumn and  now have 4 more young plants.  Had I purchased plugs (available as 3) they would have cost me much more, would have been netted and would be smaller   Mangthan the size of my plants grown from cuttings.  Of course, they would not be supplied until April or late May

African Violets are now in demand again hence why they may be expensive.  However, many people down here have them growing in their gardens and will give some away . Many of my gems were bought from tiny back garden nurseries so shop around 

support any local nurseries as well as buy online.  Superb quality plants at a fraction of the price of the garden centres.  Plants I rarely see too

Salvias...what am i doing wrong?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 07:18

Salvias are hardy here so never lose them . Numerous vwrieties too 

now, boasting over! 

Sanjy, always take cuttings during the summer using perlite 50/50 with mpc.  They root easily and will make big plants the following summer.  Over winter in a cold gh.

usually if you cut back as you have done sanjy your salvia will respond so give it more time 

Runner beans

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:36

It's not just the last frost that needs to be considered. runner beans will suffer in cold winds.  Always a good idea to fleece them for a few days after planting out whatever the weather. 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:31

Always struggle to keep up with you Edd....ha ha, that's fine.  "blunt" is fine.  Can handle that. 

no, not close really.  When told I was in a good mood, good day, etc., and the news came as a shock as some things do. 

Trying to be good here these days Edd and cutting out the jokes....not sure most find them funny which is odd cos I always chuckle when posting them 

Dying hydrangeas

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 22:24

Bbolt, you said "split the roots".....what do you mean by that?  Loosen them a little?

when you bought your hydrangea from your local market was it an indoor market?  If so it will need gradual acclimatisation to outdoor conditions by putting it outside during the day and indoors overnight. for first couple of days I would cover with a fleece when outside.  

It sounds like your plant got frosted 

you wont get flowers back until next year

Soil for pots

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:59

Sounds ok to me Steve.  I would prob mix in perlite to lighten it a little.  

Hosta help again

Posted: 28/04/2016 at 21:54

Lorna, you trying to keep up with Hostafan?  

Do you have a favourite?  First Frost, Fire and Ice, Liberty and Gold Standard are prob mine.....but at this time of year they are all sumptuous 

I have several different and many are now several inches tall.   

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