Latest posts by Verdun

Find out PH levels of soil

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 17:00

Is it one of those ph testers requiring water chestnut?  Your tap water may be the causs of a hugh PH reading.  

I would go for another tester.  Rhododendrons will not grow in soils of PH 7....neutral 


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 16:14

Sounds nice Hostafan well 

punkdoc and hosta..colocasia from Paddocks Plants.  First time for me too so will overwinter in cool gh.

plants lot at lunch time and the other some time in the when I got back.

lobelia Black Truffle already planted.  Intended to divide it but felt it was not quite ready.  Gone between golden yew and near astrantia Superstar.  Prob hosta first frost or jap painted fern in front but always changing my mind.  

No sun at all but a lovely day feeling warm.  Had another play with my new cordless trimmer.  As much fun as I used to have with Scalextric 

Dove, reminded me of my mum saying she thought she was 92 


Bonemeal or Blood Fish and Bone?

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 13:36

I wouldnt use either .....tulips will have enough nutrent in ordinary mpc 

fish blood and bond essentially is a balanced fertiliser, janebal, whereas bonemeal is not.  

I dont use bonemeal anyway.....think it is overhyped and over rated 


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:47

I know Dove.  Got several superb plants still to be sited.  My excess used to be sold so may look into that again.  I know where many of new plants will go......colocasia will    associate well with Cabaret I think in an area witb my dark cannas.  black heuchera with jap painted fern......grey/blue they will be assimilated. Bit more lawn removed. Bit more veg patch pinched.  it's not a poser that's a concern I guess 

How to control earthworms?

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:37

Not what you want to hear lulian but killing worms is like removing oxygen from the air.

i used to apply a wormkilling chemical to comtrol.....kill...worms in my (then) first class lawn.  Horrible chemical now banned but I stopped long before then. 

Worms do so much for your lawn that is beneficial

the best way to deal with the unsightly worm casts is to use a stiff broom or anything to disperse them.  Do this when dry and before you mow. this will dramatically improve the appearance of your lawn.  


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 08:30

Another grass....Miscanthus Cabaret....Dove plus colocasia black coral, couple persicarias, lobelias, heuchera supposedly blacker fhan obsidion, another salvia.  (salvias still as good as they were a few weeks ago providing masses of colour so another was a no brainer.....get huge here 


Posted: 22/10/2015 at 07:45
Morning folks
Dry and feeling warm.
Expecting 2 plant parcels today.......

mychorrizal stuff

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 22:44

I can see in the a torch 

mychorrhizal fungi is proven to be effective for shrubs and trees but as has been said it needs to be in direct contact with the roots and not mixed in with the soil.

What new plants will you be trying?

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 20:07

Bowles sedge was never as appealing to me as B G grass.  The latter is so much more refined,,classy and .....oops! talking about me again 

I started off with Hackonechloa as one plant.....I now have several large clumps or two are almost 2 metres across......including large pots.  Easy to propagate as you know Fairy.  Tempted too by All Gold if different enough.....not sure if it is though ??? 

Vine Weevil

Posted: 21/10/2015 at 18:15

Yes Barry, my experience too, viz., that heucheras are very tough and robust.  I keep mine healthy by regular digging and dividing.  

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