Latest posts by Verdun

What is eating my azalea's

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:09

Snails too, esp in pots, will have a nibble or two Peanuts

however for weevils...its the grubs in the soil that are doing most damage now.......they can be treated NOW.   Use Provado vine weevil killer for immediate results.  It's about this time when I use this on heucheras, primulas, fuschias etc

nematodes will be useless right now so your plant will contnue to suffer if you wait until spring. Kill the weevils now.   You can use nematodes in mid spring and late summer in future as an option



Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:07

Come the warmer drier weather and it will be 

Korean Fir

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:06

Yes Daryl it is a lovely plant the ground. esp with its blue cones.  They will grow pretty quickly 


Posted: 02/01/2016 at 12:03

Depends on price Joyce.  Perennials bought now in 9cm pots will grow fast. shrubs will be slow. azaleas are slow so I would save a few more pennies to buy a bigger one for flowers this year and next. 



Posted: 02/01/2016 at 11:59

Miserable horrible weather here....getting monotonously wet.

nipped down to gc cos 70% off sale.  Rip off.  Spoke with manager as no 70% of plants.  Online far cheaper

To cut back or not?

Posted: 02/01/2016 at 11:55

I find Bowles Mauve will exhaust itself within 3 years. once it starts to flower it rarely stops.  Jonesky, Cut too hard and it will often not recover.  It will suddenly look tired and woody so cuttings every year or so will ensure young floriferous plants.  cut back in spring

Soft fruit suggestions please

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 23:16

Not convinced about some of these hybrid berries.

blueberries are excellent.  Trouble is you will need at least 2 bushes.  And grow them in pots (ericaceous john innes).  And how about a fig in a pot?  A peach in a pot too or nectarine.

agree with a blackcurrant bushes....the latest ones are more compact and bountiful 

Pentsemon problems

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 21:32

Penstemons here in Cornwall often flower in winter so they are pretty tough. Cuttings are easy at most times of year I find. 

In my experience penstemons flower best when 2 years old and then flower less and less after that.  Therefore cuttings on regular basis are advisable 

Begonia from plug to corms

Posted: 01/01/2016 at 21:24

Microagent, like dahlias begonia will form increasingly large tubers/corms every year.

my own begonias, after some 5 years, are now very large.  

in spring start them off early planting shallowly so the corms are clearly seen.  As shoots appear start watering.  Your begonias will produce even better flowers this year 



Posted: 01/01/2016 at 21:05

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