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Latest posts by Verdun

The Dreaded Red Spider Mite

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:41

Brummie spraying regularly with water is very effective.  

I had same issue with peaches and tomatoes in the gh.....the dreaded spider mite.  It was too late late year to salvage peach completely but this year I've sprayed with water early.

I have mite susceptible conifers that chemicals did not control.  Hosing down was and is the answer.

Ericacious lilies?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:32

In the driest sunniest part of my garden....where soil is poorest lilies get bigger and better every year.  They are gigantic.

For regale etc., I dig up and pot up.  I intend to pot up in ericaceous compost this year though because these are getting smaller and I think all this type prefer this compost

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:29

It's been a cracker here.  Not sure if other parts down here had it but it has been gloriously sunny and very warm...bit breezy but that's ok.  Cut lawns and tidied a bit

Hellebore followering in June??

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 17:27

Hellebores often flower in summer ESP if spring flowering stems are cut back promptly.  Just enjoy the bonus

tiny grub nestling in frothy saliva 'nest'!

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:40

agree with berghill...the odd few are ok but often they become many and weaken the plant.  the hose is the answer...they wont die just move away.  not really a friend to the gardener, are they?  If so Im ready to learn


Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:37

damp last night but currently a bright sunny morning and pretty warm.

morning folks...on desktop today...someones borrowed ipad and laptop

going for nice lunch today with a few friends and family...should get back my ipad then too!


best foliage perennial plant for the garden

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 10:34

wintersong...we are much on the same wavelength

powys castle is a favourite of mine too...always propagating it.  beware of most other artemisias though...they are rampant without you knowing it then suddenly there they are shoots several feet or more away and they are difficult to remove.  Powys Castle is best pinched out at least 3 times in the summer....done mine once already. always planted where it can be touched or brushed against...beautiful well behaved tactile silver and also wonderful next to dwarf berberis atro pur nana.  for a trio plant linum adds intense blue on a small swaying glaucous blue foliaged slender gem of a plant.

Does anyone know the name of this tree please?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:44

caution....this plant is a nuisance.  will spread and pop up anywhere in your garden.  I know cases where its become a nightmare for their victimes,,,,er owners.

pruning makes the situation much worse.  the roots descend deeply and pop up many metres away when they decide to surface again.  the spade treatment encourages this in my experience

What's your Flower of the moment?

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:40

you no likee blue flowers fairgirl? I love em.  garden is peppered with them...must have 30 varieties or more of blue flowered plants

dark leaved evergreen shrub needed

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 20:38

hiya Jess, yes cotinus is best cut back very hard.  In addition I pinch out the shoots some 3 times during the summer to further encourage bushyness.  It is the very best purple shrub

for an evergreen purple then Pittosporum Tom Thumb is delightful.  There are a number of evergreen purple hebes varieties constantly being introduced.  Prunus cistena crimson dwarf is a beautiful crimson leaved shrub thats quite small and conducive to pruning...deciduous though

 purple herbaceous include acteas, heucheras and lobelia cardinallis

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