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Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 08/01/2015 at 08:43

Beat me to it Lyn 


Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 23:46

Well allium.  I am made of sterner stuff.    I jolly well will for certain...almost certainly....stick to my resolution.  I will only visit gc to grab a cuppa and plants will no longer tempt me. 

Plant ideas for summer!

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 23:14

Yes.  Heliotrope for sure.

Gardening challenges for 2015

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:23

I'm not going to buy any more plants this year....a great challenge in itself.  Apart from a,hydrangea limelight, mahonia caress and geranium hocus pocus over past couple of days I will not be tempted again. 

It's my birthday

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:16

Gemma I hope you haven't been drinking.  I strongly disapprove of ladies and alkehole.  The more they drink the less there is for the men.  

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:12

I think I have the fine weevil situation reasonably under control.  A combo of provado, at the correct times, digging up plants like heucheras every year or so and cleaning them plus the odd night vigil with a torch seeking the adults seems to be effective.

Plant ideas for summer!

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 20:05

Hiya BitterKnitter

not a balcony gardener as such but plant some scented varieties.   Heliotrope can easily be grown from seed.  It produces purple blue flowers all summer BUT it's the scent.  Cherry pie.  It will fill your balcony area.

some tactile foliage producing scent too......salvia elegans, the pineapple sage, will produce strong pineapple fragrance every time it is touched or brushed against.  Same with lemon verbena ....lippia  citriodora ....... Has the strongest lemon scent.  The scent from a hot balcony in summer ...wonderful.

For more scent and flowers scented pelargoniums...from prince of orange to lady Plymouth.  Pinks like Doris and others will provide long colour and scent.   

pelargoniums are hard to beat for pure colour and not water intensive either.  

Surfinias are great for cascading colour but many of them, usually the dark purple ones, are scented too

so......go,for SCENT.  Colour and scent.  You can't lose


Posted: 07/01/2015 at 17:18

stormy weather to come but, hopefully, not too bad here.

good news today...Punkdoc and Matty.  That's nice.  

my mum was more alert today and seems to like the Actimel drink I took in.  Trouble is I bought no calory ones instead of full fat ones.  She needs calories.  

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 15:56

Prob do more damage to the plants

Vine weevils

Posted: 07/01/2015 at 14:53

It's about timing too.  Very early spring on susceptible plants then once in summer and once more in autumn

Discussions started by Verdun

Serious reminder folks....

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Smog going to get us?

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Farmyard manure ....what exactly is it these days?

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Hey! What happened to eclipse today?

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How cruel is this?

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Favourite variety of your plants......

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Anyone growing this? 
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Associating hydrangea limelight,

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Unusual red hot pokers......

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Mahonia soft caress

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Dilemma........wot to choose?

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For Stacey and others absent at mo...

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Preposterous question....

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It's a big worry......

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Now then, now then....

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