Latest posts by Verdun

Agapanthus has not flowered - what am I doing wrong?!

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 18:19

5 large in one pot Ms Magoo?  Prob why they havent flowered.

feed them well with high potash ....tomato food.....but look to move some of them into their own pots in autumn 

I am not convinced of the need to overly restrict agapanthus.  I have grown them in the garden in good soil where they flowered profusely as well as in pots.  Mine have been flowering for  3 weeks or more with no let up in sight 

Cosmos problems

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 18:12

Lynne, get them OUTSIDE.  They will not enjoy being in the greenhouse now....would you? 

Don't ocerwater.  Do pot on again or plant out.

you have not "overpinched" 

they will flower....they have a tendency to suddenly produce buds and then not stop 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:53

Very hot here again....temps due to top 29 in east Cornwall .   however, cooling sea breezes are making it all very pleasant here in the west so should be a few degrees less.   Would hate to be in the cities or towns today 

an early lunch ....lager instead of a cuppa methinks 

one (temporary) casualty was an astrantia moved early in the had flopped with heat exhaustion yesterday.  A slow hosepipe for an hour has recovered it.  And my pea crop is last of my peas a few days before so not a worry .  So check vulnerable plants folks..we could be in for a long hot summer 


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:34

perovskias will flop whatever you do but you can mitigate this to an extent.  

I cut back in late April/ early May....helps somewhat to produce stronger stems.  Grow without fertiliser and don't water;  grow in full sun and don't allow taller plants in their space.  Fast, free draining soil.  Good open spot.  You could grow helychrysum, artemisia powys castle or santolinas with them as long as they are regularly shorn.  However, grow perovskias close together to create a support system

the perfect solution though is buy Perovskia Little Spire.  Half the height with the same lovely blue flowers.  It's what I do now 

no, not great for pots Justin 

Last edited: 18 July 2016 11:36:31

removing flowers from helebore

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:21

Answered on your hellebore thread glenn 


Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:20

Glenn, how long have they been in position?  I ask only because if they are well established I would wait  until September.  They will still survive but summer heat will take its toll so lots of water for a week or two then make sure they don't dry out.  Recently planted means they will move just fine now 

however, I move them regardless of time of year and they are fine. 

They will have large, deep and heavy root systems so be prepared for a generous dig.  Prepare a recipient hole and make it large.  Plenty of organic matter.....mushroom compost is prob the best....and fish blood and bone fertiliser.  At least dappled shade too if you can 

What to do with a blackcurrant glut?

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 11:12

Bumper crop here too 

freeze, give away, use on porridge, mix with ice cream........real cornish of course......add clotted cream, etc.,   

just 2 bushes now but this is plenty 

Herbaceous plants and bulbs under mulch

Posted: 18/07/2016 at 07:42

Depends on WHEN you apply the mulch.  Right now is totally thick as you like cos the foliage will not be covered.    if you apply in autumn you could swamp dicentras, astrantias etc unless you mulch more discreetly.  I find thick mulches delay growth in spring....not alarmingly so though 

mulch whilst foliage is seen 

Sad hydrangea :-(

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 22:40

Ericaceous for blue musher. not for pink. 

Agree papi jo, always better in the ground 

What would you plant here?

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 22:03

Yes it will be fine. if you are concerned drape fleece over it 

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