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Latest posts by Verdun

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 15/09/2013 at 09:40

Still time for sedum cuttings.  Doing a lot at moment


Posted: 15/09/2013 at 09:29

Good morning forkers

Agree that  education is the important thing concerning poisonous plants. I remember explaining difference between blackcurrants and the black berries (not blackberries) growing on the wild privet on the nearby Towans.  Redcurrants too....think of all the red berries on so many cultivated ornamemtals.  Children learn of the dangers in the home too...bleaches for example.  Education!

In a rash of impulsiveness I pulled up my runner beans late yesterday.  Had a huge crop but with the weather changing now bean production will prob now be low.  I will empty a compost bin into that area now

Can see a distant pink dahlia and Acer flamingo from my kitchen window now as well as "titillating" glimpses of frikartii monch, coreopsis and echinacea now beans have gone.



What's wrong with my conifer?

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 17:43

Clueless, as lomg as you didn't go beyond green shoots ??ou should be fine.  

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 17:36

Hiya Tomsk

If you saw gardeners world this week Monty was talking about deadheading dahlias. ,anyway, the more you deadhead the more flowers you should,have. ,always cut back those long stalks to shoots further down.

Let the frost dictate when flowering is over. ,when foliage is blackened by the frost you can lift or keep,dahlias in the ground of its mild enough where you live.

Well, dahlias flower for a long time....mid to late summer.  Are you looking for plants that flower for late,spring?  There are lots of perennials but lupins are excellent for late spring to mid summer. Delphiniums too.  

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 16:21

It is lovely here.  20 degrees plus earlier. Sunshine all day.  (all change though tomorrow!). Got lot of gardening done and ordered some more,heleniums

What's wrong with my conifer?

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 16:16

Think it's phytopthora.  Did it happen fairly rapidly?  I had this on a juniper, photinia and chamaecyparis all in one part of the garden. Its a fungal disease affecting many woody plants. rwassell, I suggest you dig up this comifer ASAP and keep an eye on the others there.

Why do you think it's a lack of water?   Is if in a very dry spot?  Did the browning occur on one side first then spread around the tree?  I don't think it is about being dry

Talkback: Mind-your-own-business

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:42

Nina, plant it then you'll  understand why it's such a problem


Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:40

Hostas are hardy enough.....unless you want to split them just leave them where they are in pots or in the garden.  However, if the clumps are reasonable size just push a spade to cut in half ....or quarters, whatever....and replant or pot up.  Hostas grow so quickly .....a clump can be made more,impressive by replacing with it 3 divisions.  If you want something to grow in its place over winter dig hosta as a clump and leave it in a protected spot and plant a wallflower, etc.  When wallflower is over replant your hosta. Keeps your garden full and interesting all year round

GardenIng jokes

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:32

Don't know....I'm clueless.  Oh no, that's ??ou isn't it?.......


Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:30

Agapanthus in all it's varieties thrive down here.  In pots though in most areas it's advisable to do as dove wrap the pots in fleece, bubble wrap, straw, blankets etc.  It's the roots that are susceptible to frost.

Im not sure they need to be root bound to flower well.......too root bound and they wont.  I've frown them very well in the open ground in a rich part of my garden.  They flowered beautifully but also produced lots of foliage.  When moved to more open and poorer soil comditions they flowered just the same but without the excess foliage.  I also grow them in pots ....they were potted on last spring and will be further potted in 2 years.  Works for me

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They're bossing it now........

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