Latest posts by Verdun

Hints on growing Dianthus, please

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 16:59

Happycottontail, use it in the planting mix and as a mulch.

however, avoid ericaceous plants like azaleas and some perennials like lupins wont like it.  As with all plants read up on their needs 

mushroom compost is excellent though and weed free......I have had lorry loads of it delivered to use as a very thick mulch in autumn on veg patch, fruit and ornamemtal garden.  Sadly now the local mushroom farms have gone 

Pieris Katsura compact shrub

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 16:51

Is sounds very much like your soil is too alkaline lubylu.  Have you tested your soil to see if it is acid or alkaline?  Get a cheap PH test kit and it will quickly tell you.

I would take it back to the garden centre....they will replace or refund.  

If your aoil is alkaline plant your replacement in a pot using john innes ericaceous number 3.  Your gc will help you with this 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:17

For sure Anomander...but keep some back.  Slugs on toast are delicious 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 12:01

Where you are is like the arctic compared to here caroline .....hold back.  You can pot on though so you have much bigger, stronger plants to put out bit later.  Mine for pots are already in 5 litre plus pots 

Heliotrope Pet danger

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:44

Thanks Dave.

i grow the perennial form but I will research this. Have an old dog unlikely to eat the leaves but need to know if they are toxic 


Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:38

Mine are growing outside as well as in pots (cornwall) but NO caroline.  Wait a week or two yet.

heard some places a few miles further east down here had some snow is actually dry and sunny dahlias not ready for this just yet. 

I sense your impatience caroline.......I want to put out tender stuff but will wait for weekend or next week 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 11:31

Have you tried Sue Proctor Hosta? 

Is there any better foliage ?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 09:06

oooo checked that PD.   Like it 

How long till I get my lavender hedge?

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 09:04

Cheeky so and so darren...  Like your style.  Shoguns on the way 

Two questions

Posted: 26/04/2016 at 08:53

Pinch out when growth is at least 30 cm if it looks spindly.

sarcoccca varieties to me are very alike.....too similar to choose but there are purple stemmed varieties.  

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