Latest posts by Verdun

Drooping lavender!

Posted: Yesterday at 15:49

This is exactly why feedback is so important on the forum Mark.  

I am confident nepeta will be fine as a direct replacement for bimsii's lavendar so if he chooses this he can let us know how it does.  Then we all learn 

Crocosmia and plant companions

Posted: Yesterday at 14:06

Have posted quite a few aym.  

Will post a few of my salvias soon......

Drooping lavender!

Posted: Yesterday at 14:02

Mark, lots of nepeta here growing well.....often think the link between it and cats  is exaggerated..  Anywhere soft and warm attract cats.

Catmint here has been flowering for months.  Cut some down a month ago and it is in full flower again.  Another great plus is that you can pull off a layered does this frequenty..., and plant it for another.  Divide any time too for quick duplication of plants 

Drooping lavender!

Posted: Yesterday at 12:58

No, never water lavendar.  Suspected it was a little shady there.  All round sun for lavendar.  

Twickle Purple is nice but I like Grosso.

however, the position there is not ideal for any lavendar.  Move it I think or plant something else.....nepeta is similar and although it sprawls it is easily clipped back.  Flowers far longer too 

Crocosmia and plant companions

Posted: Yesterday at 12:51

Not too hot for it there aym.  Keep it watered this summer and mulch later.


Posted: Yesterday at 12:45

I did post yesterday Fairy saying yours is the best white buddleia I have seen.  for some reason it didn't publish.

do I get a nice pressie now for saying that? 

Pruning Honeysuckle

Posted: Yesterday at 12:42

Yes, as hard as you like Sheps 

if flexible enough can you bend those adventurous shoots towards the trellis?  A couple of short canes to keep them there?  Then tie them in later. 

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: Yesterday at 12:39

I was too  impetuous Fairy.  Never get anywhere by  being too impetuous.  Didn't read it all I guess

Drooping lavender!

Posted: Yesterday at 12:36

How about replacing it bimsii?  Lavendar is best when young.  Fresh compost...john innes mixed with perlite.....and 3 smallish plants will give you pleasure for a few more years on upright bushes 

Just an extra thought your lavendar in the sun?  If too shady it will flop.

Drooping lavender!

Posted: Yesterday at 12:31

you can cut it back now bimsii.  Better to wait another week or so for flowers to go over.  Not great to cut lavendar in autumn.  Cutting it back as soon as flowering is over, in summer,  helps the wood to ripen and produce hardier foliage for the winter. 

You are right to prune as you do, viz., almost to old wood but still in the green, but it is the timing of it I would address 

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