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Latest posts by Verdun

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 18:51

Sad news Busy.  My dog is 11 and it will be devastating to lose him


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 18:48

No 4th panda, those are the hardy geraniums 

Keep lawn looking nice

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:36

Chris, since you have reseeded I would not now scarify/rake.  Keep grass fairly high and feed with granular fertiliser in early spring.  Make sure you spread it evenly....the bamboo square method is effective but I simply use bamboos as a guide between "rows".  Mowing regularly.....I mow twice weekly during the growing season......and gradually lower the height of cut.  I used to cut my passionate first class lawn days......but a higher cut, esp on sandy soils, helps the grass look better and protects against strong drying sun in summer.  A couple of booster liquid feeds in June and August helps maintain vigour. If watering isnt a problem....I.e. Being on a metre....try to keep lawn watered during dry spells.....dont leave this until you see yellowing grass ...I think my lawn is pretty good and this  regime works well for me on my sandy soil 


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:27

People do say I'm a funny man Susan .  They say I'm good for a, or is it that I AM a joke?   

Potted on plants bought under yet another cloche.  Got plenty of lupins already in the garden but, for me, there is nothing like a lupin in the early summer garden.  Majestic spikes but my gratitude is short lived as once flowering is over many are dug up, divided and potted.  Last year as an inner edge to my veg patch...I have lavendar hedge there too.......huge lupins dominated the scene for quite a few weeks. In my rich veg soil lupines tend to be slightly chlorotic but two Epsom salts sprays restore good green vitality.  

Cordon or espalier?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:17


dont plant in the space of the previous Apple tree.

cordons v espalier.  More variety with can plant 5 or 6 cordons where one espalier would be.  Thus pollination is better.

However, a nicely trained espalier looks so good.  More fruit from it too.  Easier once trained I think.  Slightly more work in training espalier but still easy.  Again though you need to plant another Apple nearby to pollinate.  An espalier and a couple of cordons perhaps?  

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:11

Mulch yes, but not right up to the stem Red.  Don't worry about the "twiggyness".  Few short weeks will see life there 


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:05

Susan, I had plants from an admirer today.  My feeling is that I'm greatly admired, respected...almost idolised by whomever bought them.    Oh!  I bought those plants myself didn't I?  

Runnybeak, the main issue will be to keep those roots away from cold drying winds.    Also to protect the top to mitigate the loss of moisture from the leaves...even during this cold spell.  So fleece it and keep,it sheltered.


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:00

Woops for me too...quite regularly 

trouble is I have so many plants.  Use to sell plants so any excess would have gone but, even with buying only varieties I really want, I now have decisions to make about the planting.  I dont squeeze anything in either preferring to give space for each plant to do its thing.  

Tempted to start selling stuff again.  It's so time consuming esp when taking into account talking to the buyers.  


Posted: 07/02/2015 at 13:04

My broadband speed has gone from 2.6 or so to 21 plus with fibre optic broadband.  With haggling I am paying LESS now than before .........with grit, sincerity, probing and threat of cancelling you can get fantastic deals 

i guess my visit to the local gc this morning may well be one of my last.  Bought a number of small perennials....lupins,malvas, lychnis, pot on to make really large plants in a few weeks.  However, they were expensive.  Even with points accrued on my account they really weren't great value.  Couldn't haggle any discounts either.  I wanted the plants so bought the long run they will still be considerably cheaper than buying them later in the season.   Online for me in future with these perennials but I can propagate these anyway myself so my local gc will lose out.  Their full size plants are enormously expensive including postage they are so much cheaper.  It's not about us supporting our local gc''s their pricing policy that's driving them out of business.  

Recommend fruit veg plant- will sping back up in spring

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 12:59

Sonic scarers?  Friend of mine used them to scare rabbits from her garden.  The paperwork with them suggested they would work.  Rabbit droppings and rabbit digging    even in close proximity clearly shows these scareds do not work.  Waste of money I'm afraid 

Discussions started by Verdun

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Hey! Looking good

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Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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a good turn needs to be considered......

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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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