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Latest posts by Verdun

Removing Ivy

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:15

To get rid of ivy I sever the bottom ....leaving a few inches of wood.  I then paint on SBK brushwood killer on the exposed woody stems (try to cut as many stems as possible to treat them all). 


Posted: 03/05/2014 at 19:09

Been a beautiful day here.  Lovely evening. Very warm.

Planted out runner beans after framework erected.  Always a strong support system....3  x 8' metal poles with 4 holes drilled in them, galvanised angle irons propping up end posts,  bean net and 4 stout wires running through net and posts.  It's a big "sailcloth" in mid summer so I make sure it won't fall down.  Also have lateral posts and wire for 3 poles.    (ain't going to lose my beans ). Always a big crop of beans to freeze, eat raw, cook and give away 

Digging up all lily of the valley I's a weed!  

Pulling up wallflowers now....I grow "specimens",  large ones (some over 4'tall) so each one makes an impact on its own.  Don't like lots of small ones mixed together 

SW Facing front.

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:14

Choisya there for me too....the yellow ay burn a little there so I would go for usual green.  Perfect.  Camelias would hate it there.  Peonies look awful when not in flower and they flower for such a short time.

I would not clutter it with lots of fiddly plants.  A choisya with geranium rozanne or Ann Folkard would give aromatic foliage all year round, scented white flowers in spring, blue (rozanne) or Magenta (Ann folkard) flowers all,summer.

Ogster dicentras, anemone, foxglove !  Not for me.  Too sunny and not enough value in them there.  


Daphne Odora Aureomarginata

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 08:03

Supernoodle, good morning

Daphne odora aureomarginata grows well down here.  My soil is neutral and good draining.

Is your soil heavy?  I think, yes, it may be too acid but to add lime to your soil would spoil Your garden.  Don't do that....just for one plant.

Its clear your daphne doesnt like your soil.....too heavy, too acidic and prob too wet (?)

I would put it in a pot....don't overpot.....and I would use. John innes number 3.

Good luck Supernoodle 

orange evergreen plants help

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 00:04

Beat me to it shirlsgw....geum Totally Tamgerine is a must.  Flowers for months over evergreen mounds.  Cannas, lilies and tulips come in orange too.

I grow echinacea Tiki Torch, Marmalade and Summer Sun.....all oramge.  And agastache heatwave. Orange gazanias too.  

Spirea Goldflame is a orange foliaged shrub with red orange new shoots amd if cut back duri g the summer a little will produce those red orange shoots again during the summer.  

Agree  with berberis spring this evergreen is covered with brilliant orange flowers.  

Ok,  many of these are not evergreen but you can get orange colour in your garden with these plants.  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:48

Osteospermums love it hot.  Nepeta,Helianthemums, Cistus, caryopteris, ceratostigma, aeoniums, etc.  eryngiums, yes, but check out Jade Frost.  Sedums, from the tiny to the herbaceous perennial ones, will do well there.  

Semecio sunshine is a silver grey shrub with yellow flowers and enjoys the sun.  Most grey or silver plants like sun.  Check out convolvulous cmeorum.....velvety silvery shrub with pure white flowers.  Helychrysum......curry the most silver of plants.  

Dracaena palms come in purples, reds and yellow varieties and would do well in hot situations. 

......the good guys

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:35

Allium, yep.  Paddock Plants are superb.  People....try them.  Excellent prices and service.

Heucherholics another good supplier

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 21:41

I grow a couple of these. They do suffer some dieback after winter so I remove these to leave a problem-free plant for summer.

They don't like it too dry. They need to be watered very well at first.  Jonny, did you soak the rootball before planting?  


Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:57

Bit misty at times and some drizzle but very warm.  

Grass cut, agastache Blue Boa, coreopsis...coreopses?....., agastache black adder and summer sky,a couple of lupins and another grass planted.  Oh, and 3 pots of lilies too.  With daff foliage gradually being removed the summer perennials are now being seen.

Returned a couple of leucanthemum Broadway Lights today.  Ironically those In the garden are fine but a couple I potted up and kept in the GH rotted.  5 year growth guarantee on them so got money back.  

Commented MrsG  on the grasses thread 

Planning new 'grasses' path

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 20:49

Ok, none of those are actually grasses MrsG.  None of these produce those wafting flwers you wanted

I disagree about comans though......doesn't seed for me and is well Behaved.  I think it's  a beautiful thing......mop head and moves in fhe breeze. Carex buchanii seeds though so maybe confusion there but it is darker....more red....and tightly erect. Nice though as an accent.  

 Testacea is a beauty. 

Carex like moisture ge really.  Grasses usually like it drier.

A lot of carex are similar so make su??ou what you get is different enough......but carex can be boring at least some of them. ,grasses are softer, more tactile (try touching a carex seed head amd it will irritate your hand.  Not a touchable plant for path  edge or for kids)

MrsG, please don't buy because they're cheap.  Your list above has similar plants.  Avoid Juncus.......awful 

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