Latest posts by Verdun

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 09:21


fireworks and all rubrum types are tender.....very you thought. 

currently I have 3 pennisetum rubrum that I overwintered and now flowering.  Even here they have, at best, only a 50/50 chance of surviving winters INDOORS.  I lose them most years despite trying different methods.

this year they are later than usual to flower......they took a long time to come into discernible growth; prob not until July.  I will keep them in the gh for longer next eagerness had me put them out in June;  mistake. 

Can you keep them indoors anywhere a1154?  You can't let them dry out either.  And don't cut them before you see new growth .....they will look dead well into late spring so be patient 

mean no insult to B&Q staff but very few are horticulturally trained I think.  Even in the GC's this seems to be the case too 

Lawn moss/weeds

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 08:05

Lynne, get the patio done but if you have doubts about the lawn leave it for a while.  Give it a chance 

weeds and moss are easy to deal with...these are not reasons  to replace it .  Like DAN I mow regularly, top dress, feed and weed.   A new lawn will still need these treatments. 

Enjoy your new patio 

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:37

Ha ha KT53, done that too.  

However, I need to be a tad more careful next month with the removal of a large and hefty juniper.  I tend to be over enthusiastic with these things but I dont want this juniper on top of me 

Another mystery?

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:31

Hello Runny...good to see you 

houttynia chameleon is a riot of foliage colour esp in mid aummer.  Red, orange, pink,,cream etc. all packed into those leaves.  Plus white flowers.  Plus orange scented foliage.  It is a talking point  

Yes John, grow it.  in a pot though.  

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:25

Orkney Cherry looks perfect Papi to have that one 

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 22:22

yippee! No winter  this year 

Growing Japanese anemones

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 20:06

I suspect you will receive bare root anemonies JudyN .  Pot them up for winter. 

Wild Swan is difficult for some people but they flower for much longer...from May here...when grown well.  They will not tolerate those "difficult dry shade areas" though.  

You should be able to get 2  x  3 litre pots of jap anemonies now for £10.  you can plant them out now and you will see them grow and flower next year...your plugs are unlikely to flower for a couple of years. 

Replacing holes in my lawn

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 19:34

Lawn weedkiller kills weeds without leaving holes so it's a choice.....handweeding and holes; weedkiller without.

regular mowing, as you do sb1, usually controls, twice weekly mowing means only the odd lawn weedkill spot spray.  Use a weedkiller amd maintain the mowing 


Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:58

Hey!  You gotta switch off now and then lester 

mind you, once I start something I will continue until it's finished. I am also impetuous....raining or not,,getting late or not, I will just go out and tackle a garden job.  

Hmmmmm!  Maybe I have GOCD too 

Removing an old Ceanothus

Posted: 11/09/2016 at 17:51

glad to help LB.  Don't forget the swearing and cursing. ,an old trick to get more power 

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