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Latest posts by Verdun

are holly bushes ok in shade?

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 09:06

Dark green varieties will enjoy shade.  However, variegated varieties will need some sun or they will revert to green.  


Posted: 12/05/2014 at 09:00

Hello forkers

Looks good here.  So far.  Getting warmer this week.

Couldn't resist getting Cornish ice cream yesterday ....with Cornish clotted cream too of course.  Bought standard........but, for me, a double choc plus double cream 

Having lunch today with my niece.....she is handing in her notice today and is nervous.  At her age I just impulsively walked in and resigned on the spot .....not the best thing to do after a little more thought.    

Hey!  My brother has offered some support with my mum today.  Surprised, shocked, taken aback, astonished.  He never offers support but it's appreciated. 

Prob very little time for the garden.  Be happy folks 



Posted: 11/05/2014 at 23:27

Lulu if your soil is alkaline your pink hydrangea is perfect.  It will turn more purple if your soil is acid but no amount of "bluing" will turn it blue.  So feed it,water it and enjoy it 

I wish...........

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 23:20

Hogweed, you sound very nice.  A little blip though of low thinking but that will lift and I hope so.

Lets start with those late summer perennials.  Heleniums, asters,chrysanthemums,,rudbekias, dahlias, sedums, cannas, etc will all provide autumn colour.

Growing perennials and less annuals make life easier  I think.  Hardy geraniums will cut down on the weeding and cover, floriferously, a large area.  

I guess gardening can be energy sapping so maybe just pacing yourself and not worry too fastidiously about it can make it easier.

Just enjoy your garden.  


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 21:07
  1. Ditto Dove.  Pretty sure to plant the salvia.  Thanks  thoughts with Mike for tomorrow. 

Feature Planting

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 21:05

Hiya groundhog, 

Love to have that.  A bright red cascading pelargonium or twowould look good emerging out of the "grill".   Maybe a clematis like Etoile Violette planted at the base and allowed to meander to the top?  A couple of neat galvanised wire clips to assist.

(I remember my old dad offering me a red phone box once and I said no.  Wot a fool!  Worth a fortune now I think!)


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:56

And moisture.  Hydangeas love water, ESP during the growing season. They won't like a poor dry soil.  Get some good stuff in when you plant it Lulu.  And a little shade.

Did it have a label Lulu?  Saying colour etc?  

Hydrangeas are fairly easy to grow and flower given above comditions.  They can grow quite large too  

Is this trying to die?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:50


Posted: 11/05/2014 at 20:49

A giant gnome fairy?  That's me anyway!  

Miscanthus variegatus MrsG., it's already in that plot.  But great idea 

Struggling to find the right situation for buddleia buzz Ivory too.  I don't like squeezing plants in.....each has to look good and have space enough.    Maybe I just have too many plants.  Noooooooo.  I will get everything in or my name's not Toby Twirl  

Difficult pressured times , exams, Chicky so I wish you all good luck.  




Is this trying to die?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 19:17

Hiya Heather, 

That heavy clay soil of yours is a problem.  Not being the "sunniest in the world" is another.  

Cistus simply wont grow there.  If they survive the summer....if its dry amd hot....the autumn will kill it.  So, prob best to leave them in their pots.  Cuttings are easy.....I would take them in June or July in mpc mixed with perlite.  They will be fine outdoors. I would be inclined to grow these as annuals.  Cuttimgs taken soon will perform next summer. 

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