Latest posts by Verdun

Staking Acanthus

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 12:30

Sandyv, acanthus should support themselves....never known them to need staking.

first thought is where do you grow them?  Do you feed?  Is soil good and moist?  If so, not ideal. 

down here Acanthus thrive poor dry soil in the sun.  Then they are robust 

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

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 12:22

Yep Chicky, small lupins will make superb long flowering plants from June . Delphniums too will respond just as quickly 

that's how I got my area of Goldsturm Perki.  

A big plus too is they are usually named varieties unlike plugs often supplied in spring


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

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:15

Many of the garden centres now have quite a range of hardy perennials in 9 cm   Pot them on now and again in a month and again a month later for large perennials fit for your garden this spring and summer.  They will be growing faster now than at any other time so get them potted. 

(Saved some cash this year......all my perennials are growing well from cuttings taken in August/September so no need to buy more )

Plant ID

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:07

Like your style Fairy 

Anyone growing Colocasia Black Coral?

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:05

I guess that's a no then 

Hellebore niger

Posted: 30/01/2016 at 11:01

Take the trouble to source out Potters Wheel.  Much bigger flowers.  Far more impressive.  If you want H.Niger you might as well go for P. Wheel 

Must point out Ericsmithii is not Niger........

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 20:44

BEL, mulching with mushroom compost is good.  

I'm not comvinced about timing of feed for hellebores. As long as fertilizer is organic...i.e. that will provide somerhing for fhe soil itself too...I think autumn or spring feeding is fine.

does your soil dry out in summer?

Hellebore niger

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:49

They CAN be temperamental flowers, that's all.  Doesn't mean yours will be.  I have 2 In flower for past month or so. 

Grass problem

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:47

I experienced this very situation a year ago.  New build, grass yellowing, etc.

it was a question of seeing how it goes....reseeding and feeding which is the easy option...or of rebuilding the lawn.  I chose the first option and the lawn has been great since.  

Had the lawn not recovered well I would have waited until September to take the second option.

whatever you decide Fridgeman let us know how it goes.  Feedback is always helpful 

Anyone growing Colocasia Black Coral?

Posted: 29/01/2016 at 19:33

anyone growing this plant?  

how black?  How much of a statement is it for you if any? 

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