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Posted: 11/04/2014 at 21:14

Panda - it's Rum - of course 

OL - think the new piece of technology Monty had was a plant label 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:50

Jolly good news about Verdun's Mum - think we should Splice the Mainbrace in celebration!



Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:26

Tardis is just over there, by the beach ....


Why don't my Fritillaria imperialis lutea flower?

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:19

How long have they been there?  I planted two in a pot in autumn 2012 and although they grew lots of greenery we had no flowers in 2013.  

 I remembered that in a previous garden there had been a long established clump of Fritillaria imperialis which flowered well every spring and all the bulbs  were almost up on the surface of the soil - so last autumn I repotted my two bulbs with their noses proud of the compost - this year one of the two bulbs has flowered well.  

I don't know whether it didn't flower last year because the bulbs were immature or whether one flowered this year because it was happier with it's nose peeking out of the soil.  However, I'll leave them as they are, feeding with FB&B as the flowers fade and hope that both bulbs flower next spring. 

Good luck with yours 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:08

Oh, here he is

 He's keeping a look-out for us ......................... 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 20:05

Here I am - here's my Pringles and a few other goodies

 Where's Verdun?


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:49

Where's the party?

 Mikey, my cutlass is jolly handy for slashing brambles 

Lichen on Gooseberry bushes.

Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:22

It's absolutely nothing to do with the soil - it's because you have clean air 

It tend to grow more strongly on slow-growing plants, so if your shrubs are a bit lethargic, possibly because of cold and heavy clay, then you can perk them up by mulching with lots of organic matter to feed the shrubs and improve the soil structure.  That should make the shrubs grow a bit faster and the lichen won't be as noticeable.  

However, personally I'm thrilled to see it on my trees and shrubs - when I was a child I only ever saw it in isolated woodland on Dartmoor or West Wales - the only places where the air was pure enough for the lichens to grow. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:17

I would. 


Posted: 11/04/2014 at 19:16


Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Tree of the Year

Some wonderful photographs of wonderful trees 
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Hallowe'en Party 31 Oct in The Log Cabin, Verdun's Garden

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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It's a mystery ....

Can you name this plant? 
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Bargain Roses

For a limited time only 
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Last Post: 19/10/2014 at 10:57

Prepare for a heatwave!!!

It's not winter yet ....... 
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Recording the weather in your garden

Do you? 
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Last Post: 28/09/2014 at 14:37

Gardener's World discussed on Points of View

Complaints about change of time and cancellations 
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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

All welcome ............who's coming? 
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Last Post: 14/10/2014 at 10:46

If you're buying big pots ....

Beware of being offered stolen property 
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Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 10:10

Grafting fruit trees

An art and a science 
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Last Post: 16/09/2014 at 21:38


Reporting the Spanish slugs 
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Last Post: 07/09/2014 at 15:49

Crown Prince squash???

What do you think?  
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Last Post: 20/08/2014 at 06:41

Have you seen this rose?

I can't seem to find it .............. 
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Last Post: 19/08/2014 at 06:16

Wasps - such useful creatures

Just some of the ways they help us 
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Last Post: 13/08/2014 at 18:54


To deadhead or not to deadhead - that is the question .... 
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