Latest posts by Verdun

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


Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:15

Morning forkers

Bright and sunny here.  Butterflies and bees, birds singing and angels playing carried away there but nice morning

Going to swap some plants around again.......

.since my Wild Swans are looking so very, very good I will sit and look at them for a while. Think I will caress those pure white flowers and then admire their beautiful blue backs. (giggle giggle). 

Got to saw the trunk  of the conifer I dug up last week.  It's too heavy to take to dump and too long.  Prob cut into 3 pieces.  

Enjoy your day everyone


Shrub id i think

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 23:22

Damn......should have said rose (wine)

Shrub id i think

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 23:21

...of whisky

next years carrot

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 19:35

Stall sounds good red dahlia

Depends on what you,mean by"perennials"........there are evergreens and there are herbaceous perennials. Herbaceous perennials die down soon....many have already started to do that......and you leave them to do that. They are usually,tough and hardy too.   However, some wimter protection is advisable unless in biggish pots.  Greenhouse, cloches, polythene suspended over them, fleece,,etc.  it's all a learning process. Oh, although things like,dahlias are "herbaceous" these are also "tender" so keeping frost away is essential.  You need to know which plants are truly hardy and which are not

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