Latest posts by Verdun

dull choisa

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:56

Obelixx, I too use Epsom salts on most everything now and then.  yes, a great tonic.....and cheap!   Agree too with fish blood n bone.

if choisya is well established just remember it's the strong summer sun that bleaches those leaves so extra watering should the base.

your Pieris, Primrose, I would wait until flowers start going over.   but dappled shade will be better

Over Wintered Dahlias

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:26

Billy I would not have fed and watered 6 weeks ago.  Even now my watering of dahlias is careful despite lots of growth.  It's still cold at night.  However a couple of varieties are just shooting.  

I keep at least half of my dahlias outside over winter......even those have new shoots.

over winter cool, even cold, and dry suits dahlias best I think.


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 12:17

Looks like my cabin will be moving to Hosta's mansion.  I understand he serves cream teas too......

amother lovely day.  This week was forecast to be awful but it's been great.  Hopefully "they" have the forecast wrong for,the weekend too.

pruned.....hedge trimmed ...berberis dsrwinnii, pittosporum Irene Patterson and ribes this morning.  All trimmed to shape....They look good, I think, then when not in flower.

grass cut later ...surely it will rain tomorrow ! 

It's my birthday

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 08:02

Happy birthday to punkdoc's other half 

dull choisa

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 07:58

Sundance is not happy in bright sun esp in poor soil.  Your Pieris too in the sun won't be too happy.  they need some dappled shade.  I have Pieris growing in the sun but it has bleached a little over recent solution has been to feed, water and mulch.  Actually this morning it is looking pretty good.

Primrose, can you move them to a shadier spot?  Or,can you plant something on the sunny side, maybe a fall grass, to offer some shade from strongest sun?


Posted: 30/04/2015 at 07:26

Chicky, yes pinch them out.  

"The Blues"

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 23:57

Only ever had one true blue penstemon........beautifully true blue.  However it was a weak plant.  I don't think a true blue is available yet in a robust penstemon.  True Blue penstemon is far from that or Heavenly Blue 

Peach leaf curl

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 23:54

Peach leaf curl is not a soil problem Mike.

Star Shaped Peg that you may not get fruit this year but feed it, mulch if and water it this summer.  Spray with Bordeaux mix EARLY next year and repeat during the spring.  Cover if you can.  Hopefully your tree will reward you next year 


Posted: 29/04/2015 at 23:47

Well Flora,,you don't want it to stay as it is so you need to do something more.  I would do as Darren has third on all stems.  You have fed and mulched already. ,keep it well watered over the summer too.

To fig or not to fig?

Posted: 29/04/2015 at 21:23

Go on then, have one Pegletbee 

always best not to let young fruit trees fruit.  Figs are pretty robust so you should be fine.  Keep it fed and well watered whilst in a pot

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