Latest posts by Verdun

Pieris in a Pot!

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 20:33

No, not really but a little pruning at this stage will help build up a bushy plant 

Pieris in a Pot!

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 19:38

Looks healthy.....acid compost? ,

I would not do anything drastic pugslovesun. I would though cut off the tips of those leggy shoots down to where double shoots are.  They will produce double the growth. I would do it now 

Woody Penstemon

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 19:33

rarely water penstemons mark

prune and a light feed of fish blood and bone in spring will do the trick 

Preparing for new lawn / clay soil issues

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 19:18

No, I think you are fine as you are doing it 

is mushroom compost available to you Marvin?  It is superb for clay soils. A bulk delivery if you can.  I would also use that clay soil.....mix compost, grit anything with it breaking it up as thoroughly as you can.  Keep it dry; cover it from the rain.  

If you cannot get mushroom compost can you get a load of manure and grit to mix in? 

Hard work but you are winning..a quarter way through so half way through the first half!!!  ha ha 

Growing Advice Please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 19:08

Bargain LB 

Woody Penstemon

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:53

they aren't too bad Mark.  Look worse than they are actually 

Cut them back halfway or so now.  In spring cut them back will see a lot of basal shoots so cut to those.  Next year I think they will flower really well...second year plants are very good.  

Just one it sunny there?  You said they didn't flower well; if too shady they would be shy of flowering 

Growing Advice Please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:45

Ladybird, both good choices.

Broadway lights?  You can pot on or plant it out in good sunlight and soil with good drainage.  It will suffer if grown in too dark or damp a spot.  It will not like clay soil over winter so,I would prefer to  pot on. 

Geum Totally Tangerine is a different story.  I find it a very adaptable plant, very vigorous, very floriferous (and it flowers well too..ahem! ) and a good candidate for division.  It copes well in partial shade and enjoys good soil.

I divide Totally Tangerine every 2 years as it gets big but I also want more of those orange flowers around the garden.  I have at least half a dozen plants in 3 litre pots ready to plant out in autumn.  For me it is evergreen.  Forget the flowers that might pop up;  divide it now, cut it in half and plant them or pot them.  They will flower their socks off from March to mid summer.  If you regularly deadhead you will have flowers all through summer.

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New GW...??

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:23

Philippa, Charlie gets her share of control in progs to come.  

Good points about decking and tree ferns.......decking is not my "thing".  An expensive time when it is replaced.  Decking had a big following a few years back...everybody seemed to be putting it down.  Down here people slipped, the wood rotted, warped and bounced and it soon looked tatty.  

tree ferns.....we don't protect them here but good point. 

Not had an apple for years!

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:03

Prefer organic fertiliser to growmore though Sonny blood and bone is excellent 

fragrant patio suggestions please

Posted: 31/08/2016 at 18:01

Language Fairy 

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