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Latest posts by Verdun

small red blood cells

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:54

I am quite lovely  aren't I? 

Victoria plum tree

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:52

Oops! Sorry Edd!  Our posts crossed at same time. We disagree as all gardeners do 

Victoria plum tree

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:51

Hiya insanhamaz,

i would not use mpc no matter what has been added.  John Innes is a far better choice.  Gives body, weight, does not dry out as quickly and holds onto nutrient and moisture better.

also better in the ground but as big a pot as you can.

feeding?  I would not add feed right now.....a balanced fish blood and bone in spring is better in my opinion

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

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:38

I now have an abundance of perennials and grasses available to plant out in spring.....because of divisions and purchases......and they are all, for me, must haves. I tend to grow lots of grasses cos I love em but have loads of sheer colour power for next year too. I will expand a couple of borders and revamp another but right now am at a loss as to more grasses instead of flower.  Both appeal to me

of course, this is  a ".problem" for all of you too so what are you planning to grow more/less of next year and are you thinking larger Impact groups or more individuals? Radical changes, subtle ones, more low maintenance, more structure perhaps?  

Verbena Bonensiaris

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:21

Not tried cuttings of Bonariensis simply because I get so many seedlings by late summer/autumn that I pot these up.  I have noticed some subtle differences in flower colour.....some slightly more pink and some more blue.

however, I grow Rigida and Homestead Purple and these are very easy to propagate by cuttings.  Often they will layer themselves.  try cuttings though of bonariensis and keep in warm indoors.  

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:16

Don't understand this 4 or 5 flowers per plant?  For me dahlias produce endlessly even on small tubers .

gardenmaiden, just pull them apart and pot up.  Easy Peasy.  

Ideally we should all swap tubers....?  Advertise what we have and swap. 


Posted: 26/12/2014 at 16:12

Howdy forkers. 

After yesterday's balmy weather it's been rain and wind .....dry now though. 

Bargains galore today....half price xmas cards and wrapping paper. 

Been such a pig.  Eaten far far far too much.  Had a break few mins back so tucking into left over xmas pud.  Feel sick. Just get another bowl a mo and try some brandy cream on top 


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 20:18

That's pretty much how I plan to grow my pee gees Obelixx.....hard pruned, good soil and fertiliser in spring.  Never get hailstorm here that late so hopefully mine will be good

Hard pruning for biggest possible flowers but I anticipate some experimenting with degree of pruning in future years

Dahlia tubers

Posted: 24/12/2014 at 20:02

Not a dahlia expert.....don't grow as many as Hostafan does but ....grow a fair number though ......but the secret of getting lots of flowers in the first year is to start them off early.

My method is to take them out of their bag asap and pot up in pots of dry mpc. Keep frost free in gh or comservstory.  in early spring start light watering and increase this the more green shoots you see and look to repot often.   I find small tubers flower later but still very floriferous.

oh, keep them labelled


Posted: 24/12/2014 at 10:17

Clarington. Santa has the ability to speak in thousands of accents and dialects so the Barnsley one is no trouble to him.  Don't doubt him now!  

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