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Latest posts by Verdun

erysiums

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:33

i agree with break23.  keep plants young, bushy and prolific by removing flowered stems ideally before they go too far over.

yes take cuttings every year

hollie, your plants will still flower on woody bits but will increasingly look tatty and become non flowering if you dont prune

Gooseberry help!

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:29

i dont usually feed gooseberries either but do mulch so I guess its a form of feeding

a feed may be helpful...fish blood n bone.  a potash feed in autumn to spring helps fruit formation

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:25

hee hee!  I know I am a greedy guts folks but I was hungry.  if I left any then people would notice it so no choice but to eat everything.  It was for the best............................

Dividing Perennials

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:15

hiya topbird

brunneras very easy...you could do them now..i have just cut mine back to northing...to get that fresh new small leaf growth.  i also split them now too.  geraniums.......most are very easy and some are stubborn.  what varieties do you have? colour or habit?  some like Wargrave Pink, for example, are so easy.  just put a spade in and cut and plant out again asap.  cut flowers and foliage right back and in no time fresh foliage and flowers emerge.

 not too sure about Dicentras though...never propagated these or tried for some reason so I too am interested to see what others say

i used to sell all sorts of plants and constantly propagated or split them during the spring and early summer months successfully.  have a go..you may surprise yourself

Something for the weekend.......enjoying gardens and flowers.

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 20:09

me too. would love to support you and your village woody.

 

you are obviously very proud of your village

Organic Solutions?

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:15

just pick off the caterpillars

I used to use a winter wash and this was effective....not organic though.  intend to do this myself this winter to control larvae etc

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:11

cake?

actually someone brought me a bag of eccles cakes at the foodbank today and I ate the lot.  I offered it but I think it was when others were out of the room .  anyway its rude to eat in front of others

hope everyone had good day....damp but warm here

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:04

i grow several lupins.  they dont like  too alkaline but will still grow in it.  for me they prefer ordinary garden soil  ...rich soil produces heavy top growth that often needs to be supported if heavy rain and strong winds occur.

the lupin aphid is a large one initially from America I think.  i dont like sprays but a soap spray as buds are forming works for me. slugs arent a problem either but snails are...after flowering and they devour the foliage

lupins are such beautiful plants and there is nothing quite like them in our gardens at this time of the year

Lupin growing advice needed

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 19:04

i grow several lupins.  they dont like it too alkaline but will still grow in it.  for me they prefer ordinary garden soil  ...rich soil produces heavy top growth that often needs to be supported if heavy rain and strong winds occur.

the lupin aphid is a large one initially from America I think.  i dont like sprays but a soap spray as buds are forming works for me. slugs arent a problem either but snails are...after flowering and they devour the foliage

lupins are such beautiful plants and there is nothing quite like them in our gardens at this time of the year

How should I shape my pittosporum

Posted: 11/06/2013 at 12:26

pruned a friends pittosporum tom thumb 3 weeks or so ago...really hard back, prob to one third of its size.  its now leafing up beautifully. 

I trim my pittosporums...irene patterson, garnetti and a couple of tender varieties.......reasonably hard.  do this with shears, no need for secateurs.  they respond well but I agree now or mid summer is best time.

just a note about Johnsons Blue geranium.  its nice enough I guess but its a short bloomer.  there are now many better varieties...orion, rozanne, and, still think Jolly Bee is different,....that flower much longer still with beautiful blue flowers.

I dont like the idea of underplanting pittosporums with vigorous geraniums....this encourages a legginess and pittosporums look best clothed to the ground

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