Latest posts by Verdun

Dahlia tubers (again !)

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:09

Hiya sunnylou

mostly I keep dahlias in the ground but those I want to move or divide I dig up now.  Dig a couple today as well as a few during the past couple of weeks.

If the clumps are of reasonable size see if you can pull apart.....holding stems in each hand and gently pull.  Or use a serrated knife to cut through the centre making sure each half has stems.  Check the divided clumps and remove sliced tubers and loose/unattached tubers.  Remove any debris.  Keep upside down for a day or two then pot up in dry compost or wrap the dry clumps in fleece or newspaper.

canna lillies

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 18:01

Bonsai Marc

I grow a lot of cannas and they mostly stay in the ground without protection.   however some protection is advisable.  Keeping them dry is best.......a few upturned pots with plastic draped over them will help.

if you have a gh I would lift them and, making sure they are dry, would wrap in fleece or pot them into pots using dry compost.  They will then "start" early.....essential for early flowering.....

Talkback: Growing bamboo

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:31

Paradoxically most bamboos struggle in pots.  Remember Monty's effort earlier in the year?  Bet he wont show it again 

At the last meeting it was decided.........

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 15:29

I say, we cornishmen don't talk like that ! One is bemused that one should think so, what!  I say again, one is bemused 



Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:15

Sorry Fairy,,honest and true!  17 or 18 degrees and its looking and feeling good.  Breezy though

anyway, we don't have landscape you have....coastal views though.  Swings and roundabouts and home is where the heart is, eh? 

Moving fushcias? Is your border still going strong?

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 14:12

Hiya Sam, the former is not hardy I think, although not an avid collector of fuschias.  The latter is hardy.cut both back quite hard. They will move now....I'm moving all sorts now.  Trim the roots back a little too.  The smaller fuschia I would pot up and put in gh.

I cut most everything back now....spring is so hectic......but it is mild here and severe cold weather needs to be taken into account so I would reduce the height of your lavatera to prevent wind rock and then cut hard again in spring

agree that there is so much in flower now.  Today the temperature is approaching 18 right now,,prob more in my walled garden, so plants are enjoying themselves.  However, I have already cut down some heleniums, dahlias, rudbeckias, etc., as I am keen to divide and replace and plant bulbs too.  Paniculata hydrangeas already pruned.



Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:07

I'll send you some sunshine Fairy.....plenty here 

First feeble attempt at roofing......

Posted: 07/11/2015 at 13:06

Like it Tetley.    That is brilliant 

Want to do the odd whacky things old "scarecrow" used to sit among the gooseberries until it disintegrated.  Want to turn a tall dark green  taxus fastigiata into a a local yokel complete with hat, raincoat and spade.  prob stems from snowman making days....we don't get snow much down here! 

Have a sentimental old stone gnome and painted mushroom to raise a smile.  The gardens need such things to happytise them 


Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:48

Forum setting does play up from time to time 

often have to tap a couple of times but just a faint touch on the ads is needed for them to appear 


Posted: 07/11/2015 at 11:16

Hmmmm!  No delivery of bulbs today.  What is the world coming to?  

beautifully sunny now.  Feeling warm.  Looks like we are in for a very pleasant afternoon 

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