Latest posts by Verdun

Do these bare root raspberry canes look acceptable?

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:35

Max, they ARE weedy as pansy said. 

No....dont wait and see how they might turn out.  Send these pictures to the supplier.  It does depend a little on how much you paid but I would complain cos they aint great. Why wait until September...sorry fidget....that is a whole season wasted if they fail.  You want your summer raspberries to grow this season to provide a crop next year.

you will prob be sent a replacement batch if the supplier is worth his salt

 Max, if you don't complain it sends out the message that you are happy.  I have always complained and never lost out yet . An email with pictures is usually good enough for a quick response

let us know how you get on 

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 15:27

Lupins if they are showing signs of yellowing as they often do on alkaline and neutral soils, tomatoes, all ericaceous plants, fruit bushes incl blueberries ....actually anything really BEL that looks a little below par.  

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:50

Show Off.  Clever though pansy.  Doesnt blood get to your head?  Great headstand showoff me but never planted anything in that position 

Slug resistant hostas

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:48

Or pop them on the bbq spimula 

not convinced about suet treats either.Lantana ...mice and rats uninvited guests! 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:30

Pruned winter honeysuckle and couple of clematis and cleared top corner for emerging plants.

very warm in the garden but walk to the beach was a little chilly.  Blue sky and sea and wild thyme and gorse filled the air.   The old dog was tired yesterday but today had more energy.  Worrying time as he is old and slow....and very precious.  He loves it but I am always prepared to carry him even though he is 30 kilograms....lean like his owner.  Not fat. 

Neighbour popping around with a lager or that means he wants me to do something.   Better cut the grass then 




Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:20

Aster,,don't short change yourself.  if it says suitable for nematodes then ok but too small a rose and you will waste your money.  Do it right from fhe start 

Plant suggestions

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:19

Actea Brunette Liz 

Beautiful dark purple/black sculptured foliage not attacked by pests, tall to about 4' then 5 to 6' scented spires of white flowers from July.  No support needed and superb.  

Not keen on bamboo.  

Get some whites in front of the actea......hellebore perhaps.

Pieris In Trouble

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:14

Hello BEL, not really but clearly not in the dormant season.  epsom salts are totally safe, gentle and a tonic to all plants.  So from now 

Cosmos Seedlings Dying

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:11

Apart from the first...too early..sowing my cosmos are growing well.  

Cool is good but this spring is definitely colder at night so keeping them drier works well for me. and no feeding apart from what is in fresh compost when potting on 

Runner Beans

Posted: 25/04/2016 at 14:07

Ha ha Pansy.   Thought of you yesterday . Hope you are well 

My beans are up..

trying to tread the "modest" path 

cold gh but maybe a tad warmer down here..  But I think the way seeds are planted does help 

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