Latest posts by Verdun

Erysimum Bowles Mauve

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:14

I assume you mean a dahlia Jo?  Sounds like a yellow variety with purple foliage? 

Re bowles mauve, the year old plants have better healthier foliage and more flowers than older plants.  

border plants to plant now

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:10

Man in a shed

next month the garden centres will have bare root wallflowers.  They will grow quickly to,provide plenty of green foliage and then flowers in spring.  Some daffodils too.

in early spring the garden centres sell small,perennials in 9 cm pots in a large range of  varieties.  Pot them up and grow them on to plant out when the wallflowers go over.

look wot she did to me........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 20:05

I did say sorry Fairy.  Wont do it again 

Best way to remove

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:42

I think privet wont be too hard to remove carol.

I have dug up aeveral including a hedge.  Cut much of the tops off but leave 3 or 4' of wood to lever with.  A trench around each plant and a combination of,levering and further under digging will do the trick.  Can be hard work but a good cool weather task.

agree about the tools....a crowbar is useful too.  Sawing through roots or using secateurs helps release the plants.  

A thorough digging over the soil afterwards to remove any remaining roots and to incorporate plenty of compost will create a perfect soil for re planting

look wot she did to me........

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:32

Hope they dont roast me Jo 

thanks Susan.........past its best now I think 

Echi what?

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:29

Got a couple coming tomorrow Matt.   You like them? 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:27

Superb Fairy.  Dense and perfecf colour 

Erysimum Bowles Mauve

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 19:22

No Jo, don't move it.  It will sulk...prob die.  They are short lived shrubby perennials that will flower non stop.  They get very woody after a year or two

I keep mine for about 2 years and then discard.  

cuttings are easy.....non flowering shoots from low down root quickly and will make flowering plants next summer


Posted: 10/08/2015 at 18:07

Been a sweltering day......

after camcelling an ebay order a couple of weeks back it duly arrived today. despite the correct label they have supplied the wrong plant.  a variegated wallflower but I have them anyway.  Not in ideal condition but I can salvage it.  Hopefully I wont be charged for it 

most of my cannas are now flowering....they will continue now through into late autumn

lobelias tanya and hadspen purple are about 120 cm tall.  after flowering I will divide them to grow as bigger groups next year.  Esp Tanya with its purple foliage....much better than the old queen Vic.  

Dead heading

Posted: 10/08/2015 at 17:54

Jo, you need to cut back asap after flowering.  As already said dont cut into old wood. Probably you will be able to cut quite a bit off.  If they are part of a hedge shear to nice even surfaces top and sides.  

I have kept a lavendar hedge for several years now and it has been superb.....hard pruning and a well drained sunny site and your lavendar will be long lived. 

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