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Latest posts by Verdun

camellias leaves turning yellow

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:46

P. watts, I would suggest you cover your camelia with fleece when frost is expected.  I think it's frost and resultant rapid thawing that's the reason for your problems.


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 18:39

Euphorbias are best pruned after flowering.  To keep them bushy remove flowered stems right back to the base. If no flowered shoots....some become biennial (due I think to incorrect pruning) and I would take out a percentage of the older stems to the base.

Euphorbias are easy to propagate but are relatively short lived.  I renew my plants every 3 years or so.  Yes the sap is caustic so advice about gloves is good

Large Corrugated Cloches

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:38

Bought mine from B & Q ..10' sheets and shorter.  I made wire hoops to fit and bought plastic ends.   Nice and cheap and effective

Bind weed

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:27

Sorry maud, I think glyphosate is the answer....correction, i know it to be the answer. From an infested garden I now have no bindweed whatsoever

Queen quack, bindweed is easily killed by glyphosate but there are some factors. One is 5 hours of dry weather after application. Two you need to apply it 2 or 3 times this summer. Apply at the rosette stage...weedkiller is more effective on new growth. The shoots will be killed.  Further shoots will appear in few weeks so spray these. Repeat few weeks later.

To get the rosette stage cut back and allow fresh growth ...this is ideal to spray

Digging will spread your bindweed every piece of root, no matter how small, will grow


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:17

Got my runner beans planted now.  However it is a bit cool and what they really need now is heat.  No point in delaying may not be any warmer next week.  It's funny, it's not just warmth but it's in the DNA of some tender ornamental plants to grow vigorously right now even though the cool conditions should hold them back

Forest Flame

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 16:05

Jan.  I don't think your pieris problem is anything to do with acidity...if your plant has been there for several years it's unlikely to suffer now. It sounds like its been overwatered and suffering because of that.  Is the ground wet....maybe not now but over the winter?    Is if in a pot?  Or in the ground?

This spring phytophthora has been causing problems on rhododendrons, azaleas, etc because of wet Cool conditions. I have a dwarf rhododendron that is suffering ...not from phytophthora but from fungal leaf spot also caused by wet soil.  It is a problem a couple of my neighbours also have currently.  


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:24

Yep Fairygirl...vanity, vanity!

Morning dove, can't beat (well, you can beat eggs) fresh eggs.  My tomatoes are large enough for final planting and runner beans growing outside but temps are not as they should be for vigorous growth

Exciting time of year.....gooseberries, blackcurramts, peaches, blueberries, apples, pears all fruiting.  New coloured leaves on salix Nishiki and Acer flamingo.  A tree to recommend is prunus cistena crimson dwarf..this is a small, richly purple leaved plant with pinky white flowers that persist.  Lovely now but good all summer

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:06

Misty, grey, overcast and cooler. Weather is going backwards.  Forecast says cooler still?


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 08:03

Nut roast....mmmm.  And cake?


Posted: 12/05/2013 at 07:51

Morning everyone

Have nice holiday ANG.  Carrots for me are easy but I guess my soil is right...light loam.  Couldnt be without my summer carrots.  My niece calls me "orange face" so I guess that's the reason why.

Morning Andy. I'm starting later than you but looking at forecast to see when rain is due

cooler, sadly, I was hoping for hot weekend agaIn.  Enjoy the day folks

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