Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:23
Did manage to get out for a wee bit (not a bit of a wee).
It's very blustery here, soil is sopping wet, just did some pottering around, moving my cuttings up to the top garden where I can keep an eye on them and treat for Vine weevil which reminds me, one pot of sedum gone to grub. I will be emptying it out tomorrow and killing said critters. I lifted the stalks of what remained and found a nice sandy patch in my middle garden where I stuck the stalks in the soil. Sedum is a prolific spreader and should root. I don't mind plants that need taming so long as I invited them in the first place. I think I'll transfer all my Sedums to the ground in the next month and save the pots for Sempervivums in future as those Vine Weevil just love them too much.
Also took a peek around the base of my sickly Phormium. I've feed it and watched for slugs but its leaves are definitely dying and any new growth seems inhibited.
I dug around it with experimental optimism of moving it to a sandier location because I think the soil is a bit rich in that spot but I was stumped. The beast wouldn't move and what roots I did unearth look damn happy, so I have scratched out the soil from its base and mulched the area in the hope that its happy where it is, but just wants more crown exposed. DOn't worry, I haven't left the thing bare, but I do have a tendency to plant things in huge lush holes and bury them under ten tonnes of soil.