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Latest posts by Verdun

How should I prune this

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 13:26
I would prune each branch back to within a few buds leaving the main stem intact.. New strong shoots should grow and look as it does now. I would do it now or soon and give it a good feed


Posted: 24/02/2013 at 13:03
I too used to think grass needed a higher temp of about 10 c to grow but I was surprised to learn that grass does indeed grow at 5c. maybe not vigorously but it grows. My own lawn has not stopped growing throughout this winter and even in balmy Cornwall we have often not had temps much more than 5c. I agree with discodave about feeding too but only after watering a couple of times. Anyway, good luck Steve5 but I'm sure your lawn will look great in couple of months.

Talkback: Early seed sowing

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:46
Ballydavis, your advice re acid compost is interesting. I always assumed tomatoes needed lime. Is ericaceous John innes mixed with perlite something you recommend?

Talkback: Top 10 plants for a dream garden

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:38
My top 10 plants would be....hellebores, tender and perennial salvias, grasses, Acer flamingo, aster frikartii monch, Astrantias, Taxus Standishii, Taxus Coppershine, convolvulus cneorum, Heucheras, ......oops! My 10 is up.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:29
Bunny.....that's ME! And it's 6c, possibly more now. He he, we Cornish are a greedy bunch when it comes to the weather.

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 11:27
I grow's a mouthful to say so I call it my Japanese willow. It grows well in containers or in the open ground. In a few days or so I will remove dead shoots.....almost every stem will have some..... to new buds and I pinch back the remaining shoots and this makes for a compact, bushy pink/white shrub until the autumn. It seems to tolerate fairly dry soils too, to my surprise.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/02/2013 at 08:56
Going to be a beautiful day. Sunny, dry getting warmer.


Posted: 24/02/2013 at 08:49
Water asap AFTER this cold spell. If you expect freezing temps today it will do no good to water. Grass needs 5c to grow....I read that your lawn won't look much worse if you delay watering for a few days. When temps lift to a few degrees above freezing then water.

Euphorbia pruning

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 20:29
I have a couple of purple foliage euphorbias and a delightful variegated escapes me for mo......but I agree with Hollie Hock. I grow for foliage. A great foil for hellebores....purple foliage next to white hellebore, for example, is quite nice and also contrasts well with Bowles Golden Grass in spring n summer.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/02/2013 at 20:24
Reached a balmy 5c today....felt warmer though. Plants seem unaffected and still blooming far!

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