Latest posts by Verdun

Moving a peony

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 19:35


yes move it.  Do it now.

get as big a rootball as possible.....they are reputedly difficult to reflower when moved but this is not true.

yes,,you can keep it in a pot for a while

do not plant too deep......planting too deep is why peonies do not flower.  They need to feel the sun on heir least the do not plant behind taller plants or plant groundcover around them.  Plant slightly proud of the soil surface

you are not likely to lose it so move it with confidence.  Warm soil, warm spot and compost added to the plamting mix.  

Last edited: 03 September 2016 19:37:03

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:43

Joyce, they enjoy some moisture. But  shade?  My garden is pretty much in good light with some dappled shade created by taller planting.  My Wild Swans are in as shady a spot as possible bit I think sun is needed for good prolonged fowering 

Red Robin shrub

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:29

Pat, it's the way they are I think...fickle 

however, I had to try them in different parts of the garden before they thrived.

despite the fact they are sometimes grown as hedging they prefer good conditions.  I suspect conditions in your back garden are better pat..? 

Are they dry?  have you tried watering them? 

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:13

They are thugs.   Not really suitable for the average garden as they usually spread where they are not wamted. some people love 'em and say they are well behaved.

they can be difficult to eradicate once established 

go for anemone Wild Swan instead 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:43

Oh, alrighty then 

Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:41


  I took matters into my own hands maybe 15 years ago.  2 single  tall thin leylandii. When they were on holiday I got over the wall and cut them down.  Bit risky.....well, very risky.  A rope, a ladder, a saw  and a friend.  The second tree just missed neighbour's GH.  I did enjoy that day.  

Determined not to be on the back foot I left a note saying why I cut them.  The main reason was it was clear the trees were never going to be cut despite me asking them several times. My argument was they said they would so I assumed they would be fine if I just did it. 

neighbour relations were a bit tense for a while 

Ah!  Good times 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:27

Aym.....keep up!  not Jubatum.  Pennisetum Villosum 


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:52

Paradise Park is  not more than 10 mins away from me  DR.  Glad you have happy memories of Cornwall 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 13:16

Chicky,,mine have never suffered over winter.  I have posted pics of Villosum during the summer has flowered for weeks now and usually continues well into late autumn 


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:42

Hmmmm!  You are right DR.  Local GC has already started filling spaces with xmas stuff

however, friendly with plant manager so I always get bargains and know well in advance of any offers.

a 5 min drive from local nursery......pretty big, ambitious owner with whom I am also friendly and always on the look out for new plants.  

GC's though are shooting themselves in the foot by charging too much 

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