Latest posts by Verdun

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:44

Deacons are brilliant. Pansy

Positioning of Plants

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:42

Lucid, I sense you are over comcerning yourself with Fairy said,,plants are adaptable if approximate requirements are met.  Some plants do need "full sun" and as much of it as possible.  They like to be baked.  However, most plants are fine in average conditions.  If they don't thrive then move them 

Planting Now or Later

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:37

Jay, I  always advise to pot on anything in 9 cm pots and overwinter in gh, under fleece or with some protection from weather and pests.  They will grow much faster and better anyway.  Come spring ....mid will have much, much bigger plants to put out.  

Today I bought a couple of 9 cm pots.  They are now in 1 litre pots.  In spring those 1 litre pots will be filled. 

Planting Now or Later

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 15:35

Jay, I  always advise to pot on anything in 9 cm pots and overwinter in gh, under fleece or with some protection from weather and pests.  They will grow much faster and better anyway.  Come spring ....mid will have much, much bigger plants to put out.  


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:13

Exactly Obelixx.  I often take it a step further by not allowing some hostas to flower.  I have long felt that hosta foliage remains pristine far longer Without fhe flowers.  I think flowering does drain energy from the plants


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 14:09

Fairy, I know.  Actually a whole pack.  I'm suffering quite badly 

envious of those who get autumn colour....don't mean flowers cos we can get very late even winter flowering but that brilliant orange/yellow/red foliage that comes from colder weather.  


Posted: 09/10/2015 at 13:27

Oh heck!  I was enjoying reading those posts Dove.  Teaching myself Italian 

After persistent calls to their customer service dept and ultimately the manager I have successfully got a satisfactory response re hedgetrimmer.  Why oh why do they stick so rigidly to their script?  The solution is to cut the "crap" and argue about the issues with peole in charge but it seems to take determination....  Wont mention the company now but they have redeemed themselves today 

what a day?  No wind early this morning  but a bit of a breeze now.  Blue sky and warm.  Might even sunbathe!  

Couldnt resist a reduced helenium hoopsii.....£1.  Wish I had offered 20p though . There are some bargains around at the moment on perfectly good plants that will make excellent impact next year 



Posted: 09/10/2015 at 13:09

Think Dove is right.....their "dna" controls when they die down not temperature.  

Have you tried nematodes for hostas Hosta?  Are some in dedicated beds where nematodes could be very effective?  good control for slugs but not snails though I think 

Dwarf fruit trees

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 12:54

Sally, agree with Treehugger but look at the online said before.  You can talk to them to describe your conditions,,space,,and area.

have you comsidered espaliers and cordons?  Highly productive and requiring less space.  Gooseberries too as cordons on a post and wire system or on a fence or wall produce bigger fruit and provide the capacity to grow different varieties in a small space 

Soil fertility

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 12:29

Obelixx has covered it all I guess Lucid

the best thing to do is to plant things that your own conditions provide....viz., light sandy soil or heavy clay;  free draining or waterlogged.  Acid or alkaline.  Warm or cold.  So research and understand your plants to see what they imdividually need

every garden has its own micro climates within it.  More sheltered, more shady or even different soil so planting will vary accordingly

some plants require more feeding and better you add compost, manure etc.  Others like poor soil (..i.e. With little added organic matter) mentioned lavendar Lucid.......where drainage is very good and roots etc are warm.  

I grow osteospermums, for exqmple.  They are planted where my soil is warm and 

I do not add any compost when  plant them.  Heleniums like plenty of manure and the like so  I add this at planting time and thereafter.  I create borders to accommodate plants of similar needs

however, even after all this preparation, plants will show if they are not happy so you move them.  Eventually you will get it right Lucid 

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