Latest posts by Verdun

Fixing browk plants with selotape

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:51

Unlikely to work but a tall support cane in addition to the tape may help.

however, wakeshine, I would cut off the broken stem and hopefully encourage further growth from intact stems.  Apply a balanced fertiliser too if you do this.  .....oh!  And stake the remaining stems now with soft twine and do so in several places.  I grow pretty tall delphiniums that cope well with winds .....they are supported throughout the stems.  

mom plant

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 13:41

Your "mum/mom" plant...chrysanthemum...will not flower for a few weeks yet marsh31.  it is doing exactly what it is supppsed to do, viz., send up lots of foliage and then flower in late summer.  


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 21:14


Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 21:03

Come on Folks.  Another garden prog....surely it's good isn't it?  

I record Garden Rescue and although there are some "flaws" I enjoy the prog.

charlie being overweight?  Who cares?  She is pleasant, kept me tuned in to Ground Force years ago and forms a nice team with the brothers.  Fun and easy viewing.  

Agastache Blue Boa

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:58

Hiya Peanuts

you should be able to dig blue boa up and repot.  by the time autumn comes they will be bigger but not sufficiently so to survive a cold winter.  I would pot them up and in a month or so take a couple of cuttings.  You will then have a group to plant out in mid spring.  Sun, sun and sun for agastaches but they will not like drying out too much until established or being crowded by other plants.

be careful though...agastaches can be addictive ! 


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:50

You too Runny 


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 20:41

Hiya Madeleine

similar to Fairygirl but use a john innes compost if growing in pots.  Although they do require very little maintenance and are reputed to like dry comditions phormiums still need extra watering now and then to look good. 

phormiums when old look tatty.  They will grow large too if left undivided.    To keep their leaves colourful divide every 3 years.  Also remove the oldest foliage in spring with secateurs or, better still with sharp scissors.  A feed in spring is sufficient.  no need to water over winter.  snails love to hide in and eat phormium foliage so watch out for them.

Agastache Blue Boa

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:59

Hiya Peanuts 

since nobody else has replied, I grow several agastaches....prob a dozen different varieties.  Love them all.  From orange to yellow to red to pink to blue and all flower like mad all summer.  All have different foliage smells from liquorice to mint to chocolate and more.  

a couple of things......firstly I would pot on both Black Adder and Blue Boa and do so a few times to produce plants  for NEXT year.  Yoy can still enjoy them as pot plants this year but they will not like being dug up for winter protection (if you are in a cold area you are likely to lose them in a typical winter)

Secondly, cuttings.  I find Blue Boa easy from cuttings right now.  Taken from the base or up the stem.  I use rooting really does make a difference for agastaches.  Take the cuttings, trim them up and drop  into a saucer of water for 10 mins or so.  use a 50/50 perlite and multi purpose compost and water before inserting the cuttings.  I use an ordinary unheated propagator in a sheltered warm part of the garden.

Black Adder I find is slightly stubborn.  I take basal stems pushing down into the compost to try and secure some rooted pieces and pot these up.  semi ripe cuttings also take but percentage success rate is low.  

Hope this helps 


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:42

I have Dierama Gunevere.  Now going over but a superb white flowering for weeks.  Mine was backed by an equally large pale blue delphinium displaying numerous tall spikes. 

Alan, they WILL take up room so give them plenty of space.  

Extra watering in spring will help produce plenty pf flowers and healthy foliage.

keenongreen, rain does not affect mine that way....mind you the Cornish sun may be a factor 

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 19:35

Picture just taken as flowers folding a little in the evening but here is one of my Wild Swans.  hence the rather dull picture

 Been in flower since May, will continue until autumn and is now in its 4th year providing flowers every summer, all summer,  from its first year.   A large healthy, robust and beautiful plant.  Ruffled Swan ...first about to flower a little further down.  Deschampsia behind, with  Sanguisorba White Tanna behind that soon to flower.

cultivation?  different quality clones about I think but mine are in the richest soil I have, in slightly dappled shade....mine does receive plenty of afternoon sunshine but taller plants filter it somewhat ...., and given rich compost at planting time plus a mulch of pelleted chicken manure, fish blood and bone and a mixer of ordinary mpc.  

Planting in poor dry soil would be a waste of money and time.  

For me Wild Swan is superb....I have 3 plus its "cousin" Ruffled Swan.  Will be interesting to observe the differences between Ruffled and Wild Swan but already the former has a robust constitution and the soon to unfurl buds look promising

I suggest NOT buying as plugs or as 9cm them large and in flower and take the trouble right from planting time to treat 'em well 

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