Latest posts by Verdun

Pamapas Grass

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 11:14
I have removed some big clumps,of,pampas Bob says it wont regrow.
I hacked it back with saw, shears and secateurs to ankle height then started a trench around and digging to remove clumps from it. It does break up.
Weedkiller will work but being impatient and impulsive I like to remove asap so digging was the way for me.
For me pampas is over planted, as bamboos are, and fast get out of control so best not grown in anything other than a very large garden


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 07:51
...but the variety is an important factor.....some varieties are shy flowerers


Posted: 25/07/2015 at 07:50
Hello forkers
Lovely warm sunny morning. Everything sparkling after yesterday's rain. ....(still no smilies)

Anybody grow ornamental millet?

Posted: 25/07/2015 at 07:48
Tetlet, I have grown both
Purple millet is an will mot survive lomger than one season, in my experience. So wont be a permanent feature in your stumperie.
Mahonia Caress is a much smaller....yes, softer foliaged mahonia. Not flowered for me yet...had it since autumn....but foliage is lovely.

What to do with the lawn @

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:50
I would top dress the lawn Jane if its not too big. Can you get some decent top soil and rake it into the grass? Use both sides of a rake....a wide rake is ideal. Then re seed wnere ot is a little thin. Come next spring start your feeding and I agree with Rinus K about being generous with the feed and watering it in well

J Parkers let down

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:41
Jo, just watch out for others' bad experiences with these firms. The forum has been littered with them and will continue to be. There is no vendetta here!
However, my view is that it is better to buy fewer plants you really want in a size that will gove you flowers now and later rether than a discounted assortment of little plugs of plants you dont really want.
Choose plants you like, your conditions like. Not plants that the suppliers have an excess of that require vastly different growing needs.

Pear tree pruning

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:33
Hiya janebal,
At the end of this month prune back to a few leaves each of those spurs. This is where your fruit will be next year. Pruning at this time will encourage the tree to form fruit rather than growth buds. Prune now and you will encourage growth so timing is everything

What to plant next to a hydrangea?

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:29
LadyV, you dont say what colour it is.
Coimcidentally I have been considering what to plant with my paniculata hydrangeas too.
A salvia uliginosa I feel is ideal.......soon to flower blue and for many weeks now. My hydrangea is lime green soon to turn white. Both plants like same conditions. Viz., moist soil and sun or dappled shade.
An aconitum already occupies one side and, again,,enjoys the same conditions. An orange helenium fits in well too there...again likng the same conditions.
It all depends on the colour of your hydrangea it blue,,pink or white? In any case look for plants that like moist conditions

Mowing thrills and spills!

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 23:18
Hey Steve. Thought I was being blocked too for a while. Can get paranoid here!

The Instant Gardener

Posted: 24/07/2015 at 19:17
It must be difficult for tv producers and garden progs. We simply say we don't like this or that. Tonight I think there are 3 on tele. Trying to imagine an eavesdropper we seem like an ungrateful lot

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