Latest posts by Verdun

Echi what?

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 17:56

My echibeckias have arrived....lovely looking things.  Mine are the orange ones.  For first time,,prob, I didn't know really what to expect as these are new to most of us but I am pleased with them.

cut flowers off and potted up.  They should flower again soon.

excellent plants - on line - posted yesterday, arrived today.


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 17:50

Bit down in the dumps today......another sunny warm day.  Every day's the same 

hey ho!  my plant parcel just arrived.  Will post on my echi what thread.  

Hydrangea options

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:21

Cathy, varieties make a difference too.  Go for a good named variety that suits your is brilliant on an alkaline soil,,for example, so,google,varieties for descriptions.  You might as well have the best you can 

How to look after

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:16

Larry yes it is an artemisia. ,hopefully it is a variety called 

Powys Castle which is well behaved.  

Cut it back now but do so by perhaps a third.  Use the pieces cut off as cuttings for plants next year.  

Yes, a perennial but a harsh winter is likely to kill it

i don't allow mine to spoil that lovely silver foliage.  I trim mine two or three times during the summer to keep it compact

Salix Flamingo

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:11

Meomye, can you put it in the ground?   Far better there 

soil that doesn't dry out but sun brings out the best leaf colour.  Get plenty of goodness in the planting hole

What will simply not thrive for you....

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:09

Try anemone Wild Swan Obelixx.  A richer soil though 

i think you are right pansyface....too warm and disease thrives.  

Myrtle Communis in a pot

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:05

What a priviledge for Marion to agree with me.....esp on her birthday 

These have been fabulous

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 16:03

The white is lovely.  You can divide the plants too at the end of summer ...pot them up or plant out.  Never seeded for me

yes,,deadhead regularly and they will flower and flower Lulu.  More than deadhead cut the stem back to lower shoots

Myrtle Communis in a pot

Posted: 11/08/2015 at 14:08

Joy, I think you are over watering.   .??

another thought too.....are you using ordinary multi purpose compost in your pot?  For shrubs In pots this isnt really much good.  I would repot using john innes. You wont meed to water so much either.


Posted: 11/08/2015 at 14:02

The very best thing for sandy soil is seaweed.  Alginic acid.....if I recall correctly....will help bind sand particles together.

however, seaweed is not easily obtained unless near the beach and if there is access.  I used to gather bags of it from the beach loaded ......and covered the whole garden with it in autumn.  by spring it had broken down perfectly to help create an excellent seed bed.  

The added advantage of seaweed too is that slugs and snails simply hate it....the texture and the salt.  Applied in autumn the salt is washed through.  

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