Verdun


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Soil beneath rhododendrons

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 17:23

Hello Christine

nice size area and it would be good to keep it acidic there, wouldn't it?  Or do you want to make it more alkaline?

what you decide determines what plants do use there

garden compost, leaf mould..if you can get it, and ericaceous compost when you plant anything.  Mixed in well with your soil.  Everything mulched.....pine bark for example.

one fern I like is fhe japanese painted fern...it prefers more acidic soils.  

Do you want to plant more rhododendrons?  Dwarf varieties but lots of shrubs and perennials that like acidic soils

exciting Christine! 

 

 

what's looking good ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:09

Aim to have something in flower for every month B3....as a target anyway.

spring is usually full of flowering bulbs, for example, and lots of fresh new colourful growth so you can consider planting things for this late summer season....you will still get the new growth in spring of these plants but the benefit of the flowers now.  

hellebores too but in reverse.....flowers in late winter and spring but providing good foliage over fhe summer as a foil for the summer flowers.

Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 13:01

No lyn, a ton of feathers is lighter than a ton of lead.  

Wouldnt want lead in my duvet.......!!

sky rocket grasses

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:58

I found sky rocket......the variegated type...to be less hardy.  Caroline,,you may well have lost yours if there is no sign of growth now

move fuschia

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:35

Yes and trim roots and tops

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:33

Dry and sunny with the forecast threat of showers

picked so many tomatoes......masses.  Beans too.  Deadheaded dahlias ....helps to lighten the load after the rain.  Slightly premature perhaps but I cut lobelia hadspen purple stems.    Been superb prob near 5'.  Hopefully fresh flowers will apear.  Opens a clearer view of rudbeckia goldsturm.....this just glows with those dark yellow flowers that have been a show now for several weeks with no sign of stopping.  Deadheaded anemone wild swan again as well as echinaceas

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:23

Sounds painful Bob 

Plant problems

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 12:22

The compost in those pots looks wet....

i think you are over watering cstonemw5.  

Your hydrangea?  What is black wrapping around it?  What variety is it?

 

Vermiculite or Perlite

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:45

I use perlite for adding to compost for cuttings and seed sowing. Also for plants like aeoniums growing in pots for sharp drainage.  

Dont use vermiculite...prefer grit for top dressing.

begonia's what s the best ?

Posted: 27/08/2015 at 10:40

Corms? Tubers?   

Technically, I don't know but I think of corms as being essentially self contained, individual "donut" like food storage units whereas tubers, for me, are those same food storage units but  are longer, more vigorous. 

Hmmm! Doesnt make much sense, does it?  I guess for me it's appearance. Dahlias are tubers, begonias are corms,,gladioli are corms, etc

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