Latest posts by Verdun

planting a red hot polker planting

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:14

Margaret,,what variety, do you know?  The taller ones prob will flower next year.  Mine are mainly dwarf varieties that are already in flower

Yes best in fhe ground for sure.  They want some moisture in the summer though.  No expert on kniphofias......this is first year for me...but I have thoroughly checked out ideal comditions for them


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 17:10

Hate to disagree with Fairy...wot a temper that girl has 

i would buy provado vine weevil killer and drench the soil.  Repeat in autumn.  Again next spring.

compost is acid Pat?  Not mixed with garden soil etc?  And is compost wet?  It could be the cause of your problems if too wet

i would not throw away those plants just yet Pat 

Lobelia Tania's sister propagation method?

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:58

Elly division is the best and quickest way to build up your stock.  I divided a clump less than 2 years old over in spring.....and two clumps are large, bushy and soon to flower.  All herbaceous lobelias can be divided easily without fuss. 

if I was doing this though I would divide after flowering.  You can pot up or replant to have several plants next summer.

when replanting get some good moisture retentive compost/dried manure in the hole.  They thrive with a decent moisture supply.  

Hebe bushes

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:52

You over watering Tilly?  Hebes cannot abide wet soil? 

Honeysuckle looking poorly

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:50

Climbing hydrangeas are vigorous when established.....would it compete overly with honeysuckle? Dried manure is exactly what I advise too.

Seb, honeysuckles need a good moist root run. A pot is not really enough. Give it as big a hole as possible

garden plants

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 16:43

my soil is neutral and camelias grow well here.  They dont require acid soil....they tolerate a certain amount of lime.  Of course,,they will grow in acid soils too.  

re a bark mulch....not all bark is the same.  Some are acidic most are not.

I have used ordinary multi purpose compost as a mulch.....good in spring as it contains nutrients. get it in autumn when on offer and it can be quite cheap.  Looks good too.  

Spring onions

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:56

"Let us" hope my resowings grow fast Dove 

Dieback in shrubs

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:52

Are these newly planted Judith? 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:50

Excellent Wonky 


Posted: 28/06/2015 at 12:48

Runny, to get your smilies, etc go back to advanced editor. ,fun n games I know but basic for your messages and advanced for forum posts until Daniel fixes problem.

a snake in fhe garden Fairy..  Not for me.  

The world is fast becoming a scary place, isn't it?  I think it will get a whole lot worse though

bright now so blackcurrant and blueberry picking, runner bean pinching out at the tops, and checking soil around my spring onions for prob maggots.  (They make a fantastic crunchy addition to mash )

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