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Latest posts by Verdun

Pittosporum: When to prune?

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:32
Stephen, I grow several pittosporums.
Cut them at any time between spring and late summer, say late August. They respond well to pruning
Cutting back by a third is fine

Ulrasonic pest scarer

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:25
Evening Lyn
A friend of mine has a couple of these. She has almost 6 acres and rabbits are a huge pest there.
Rabbit damage and droppings almost up to the sensor.
Nope! Doesn't work.
Despite this my friend wants more...she has aspergers so nothing I say can dissuade her.
You will be wasting your money no matter what the hype is about these sensors


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:16
Maybe it's a sensible thing to take heed of the doc Hosta!
Been lovely day today esp from late morning.
Dead headed,,cut back, and cut grass. Picked runner beans and shop bought can compare

Garden centre

Posted: 27/07/2015 at 19:12
Rinus, what did you get?
Disagree there Lyn.............buying the right plant, the perfect established garden ready specimen is just as good as growing your own
My garden is full of plants derived from cuttings, bits given me and divisions as well as bought varieties.


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 17:17
Jude, poor soil. Sun. Dry.
Rich moist soil will give lots of foliage and no flowers


Posted: 27/07/2015 at 06:57
Hello forkers.
Overcast and mizzly here. Cooler. Sun forecast later
Check out Little Carlow Dove......have fun at Bressingham

Why don't I remember what plants I have?

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 22:45
Well done getting the job Dave.
I often dont bother to label cuttings...think I will remember what's what. However, it is a bad and lazy habit and with so many different colours...e.g.echinaceas,,argyranthemums,,etc.....labelling is now strictly the rule

Last night's Gardeners' World - Elizabeth.

Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:14
Just watched gw. Agree with everything said. Elizabeth is a remarkable lady. Puts me to shame. Everything she has to do involves difficulty, pain and effort. She loves her garden....and I guess we love her in a way


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 21:09
Hydrangeas generally do prefer some shade but get some moisture holding manure and compost in your soil....dont just bury it but mix it with your soil, prob 50/50.
Then a good thick organic mulch to keep that moisture in
So,,yes, I think you will be fine
Try the paniculata hydrangeas too Snarly...they do well in sun and generally easier and less fastidious than the lacecaps and mopheads.


Posted: 26/07/2015 at 20:35
Yes,,that soil is too impoverished Snarly.
Fish blood and bone,,or any fertiliser, is not same as putting goodness via compost,,manure, into the soil.
Hydrangeas need good, humus rich soil to do well.
Can you lift your plant and incorporate some goodness into the soil?
I think it's probably the reason why your other hydrangea is not flowering...viz., that the soil there too is poor.
Forget the's a bit like us taking loads of vitamins with a diet of crisps!
Get the soil right and you will grow everything better

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