Latest posts by Verdun

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 17:10

Dont worry too much about size when you cut back.  Do it to suit what you want. It will recover well in spring.

plus, it will be an easier hedge in future to control 

a good pair of sharp loppers rather than secateurs will make this an easy job 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 16:29

Dividing lupins after flowering and then potting up.  yes, out of sight.  yes, again to create apace for later my case some tender perennials.

I also try to plant lupins where they are obscured by late summer plants anyway. i try to divide a few every year 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:52

Prob eaten into oblivion 

box hedge to wide and leaning over

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:15

Prune it as hard back as you want to bulkerb.  I would do it now but prob better to wait 4 weeks or so.  Ideally a granular feed and a mulch too 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:11

The tattered leaves are a give away Hazel.  Sure, the snails are tiny but there are lots of the blighters 

'toilet roll seed starters'

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 12:08

They have been biodegradeable for some time Busy..........they do indeed collapse after a month or so of watering, etc. 

Most everything these days has to be biodegradeable.  

'toilet roll seed starters'

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:54

Not necessary I feel Chris.  

RIP Terry Wogan....

Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:53

sad news indeed.  a shock to hear this.  A decent guy 


Posted: 31/01/2016 at 10:50

Mags.....dig out the soil there and place on a board or sheet of plastic and search through it for small cream coloured,,brown snouted, curved grubs.  Squash them or leave them exposed for the birds. 

For other polyanthus use Provado vine weevil killer if you want to save them.   You can use nematodes in mid spring but by then you will have lost your plants 

Perennials in 9 cm pots.....go for 'em now

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 23:42


snails I think.  After flowering snails seem intent on devouring them so protect both early in spring and again in summer.  Lupins all look awful after flowering....decimated leaves and usually then it's the newly "hatched" small snails....loads of them too small for pellets.  I pick them off at night .....just a few nights will do the trick.

i keep some in and lift others...they really are nothing to look at in late summer.  Trim them back after potting up.  

worth it Hazel....lupins here are wonderful offen producing 3 flushes 

remember too, lupins do not like alkaline soils.  A couple of sprays with epsom salts in the early spring helps 

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