Latest posts by Verdun

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 08:04

You must have been beeside yourself Nadia! 


Posted: 02/09/2015 at 07:37

Ha ha Tetley.    

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 02/09/2015 at 07:35

Morning Nadia

derbyshire limestone sounds ideal for black adder.  

Agastaches do not move are likely to lose it if you do.   Not too late to take cuttings now...those near the base are best.  Half perlite, half mpc, soak cuttings in water for half an hour then dip ends into hormone rooting powder.  Important to knock off excess.  Water compost before inserting cuttings.  Polythene bag in the warm....inside now.  


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 21:00

I guess nobody has experience of these then ! 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:59

Pete.....yes, poor soil and prolonged flowering go hand in hand for agastaches

cuttings taken in mid summer have already formed plants that will flower next year


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:52

I do, I do,I do......


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:07

Anyone growing Watsonias?

my local nursery has a couple of stunners and I am soooooooo tempted. glorious peachy orange and sumptuous white.  

can provide the hot poor conditions in summer and the mild winters but yet to see them growing anywhere. 

Opinions would be appreciated

Island beds - are they a bit twee or retro?

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 20:00

Its ok if you're " retro" Fairy.......retro or not you are a pretty good gardener me thinks........can you lend me a fiver now! 

Agastache Black Adder

Posted: 01/09/2015 at 19:55


I grow black adder as well as several more tender varieties.  Black Adder has over wimtered for past 2 years...third this winter.

I do it differently here mulch like that Northern Lass.  Very mild here and free draining sandy loam but I would never apply any horse manure.  it shows we can do things differently and still succeed.  

for me, agastaches are planted in tne poorest, driest parts of the garden and kept free of heavy organic matter.  The key is keeping them dry over winter I think. 


Posted: 01/09/2015 at 17:07

Picked up my bargain lavendars...looking excellent.  I will plant half tomorrow and the rest over the weekend.  The aim is to have a curving 50' plus edge to path.  

Tempted by a Watsonia at the nursery....beautiful orange variety.  I have good spot for it but when do we stop spending on plants? 

Dropped off a few bags of runner beans and tomatoes to the foodbank. Haven't helped out there for a while...been hectic few months......but think it's time now to go again.  (bit deflating...the foodbank has managed without me!!!  But how? )

still gloriously sunny and hot....what a delightful few days we have had 


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