Latest posts by Verdun

Native or Non Native ?

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:14

Don't get me wrong Philippa...a good question    So much in our gardens is often assumed to be native when really we grow plants from all over the world. (And expect them all to grow equally as well

Killing ivy

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 18:11

Easy billington, 

cut back to all woody parts as low down as possible.   No need to pull ivy off the wall, fence etc.  just access these woody stems.  Then paint with sbk.  It works very well.  If you have thick wood so much the better and if you can make a few small holes so much the better for the sbk to sink in 


Posted: 21/10/2016 at 16:06

It sounds like they are not potted Lyn

if you have a gh simply place them there upside down on a shelf to dry out. When dry keep them frost free until spring...a cardboard box with newspaper or wrapped in fleece.  A cardboard box with dry mpc would be fine too.

when spring arrives pot them up covering the tubers and start watering when you see green shoots.

the purple foliage dahlias are brilliant cos they add contrast even before they flower 

Acer soil

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 15:27

Ericaceous SOIL based compost NB.

 Many ...maybe most...staff at the GC do not actually know the difference between lightweight  ericaceous mpc and the genuine heavyweight soil.  I guess it can be confusing.  For permanent planting in containers avoid all the mpc is fine for temporary potting on, seed growing and cuttings.  Inadequate otherwise and the cause of so many plants drying out or suffering from nutrient deficiency.  Pointless, for example, for blueberries, rhodos, azaleas and the like in comtainers 

Acers will be ok in ordinary john innes but they are just that much happier with acid soil.  Might as well start off right 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:55

Glorious wind and warm .   Now just us locals we have Cornwall to ourselves and the weather to enjoy it 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:34

just a suggestion 

what to plant now

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:30

Slightly out of date thread 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 21/10/2016 at 12:18

Avoid diesels....they are going to be mighty expensive to run and tax

re leg room peugeot 200 series are not great.  I am a somewhere between 6 1 and 6 2 and drive my 208  with seat and angle as far back as possible.  Same with 207.  If you carry passengers it will be a tight squeeze for the driver 

go for a sports car hosta like the old Healey sprite for the pure FUN of it 

Planting plans and keeping track of your plant names

Posted: 20/10/2016 at 20:48

Usually bury the label at planting time but a good memory helps.  I have a few hundred plants and know most of them.  I use labels though plus used to keep a record 

however, my advice is to always keep labels and check they are still legible from time to time 


Posted: 20/10/2016 at 20:23

Bulbs are fine from Parkers....turn away from their plants though;  they are poor. 

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