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Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 18:59

Happy birthday fruitcake. 

plants needed for a hot raised bed

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:35

Nepetas would love that situation.  Silver/grey plants like santolinas, helichrysums, artemisia Powys castle and Festuca elijah blue (grass) would do well there.  A foxy red carex like Comans or buchanii too. Another grass, STIPA tennuissima, will sway and billow beautifully all summer at about 60 cm.  Dwarf hebes come in various foliage colours and pittosporum Tom thumb is a glorious shiny black foliaged shrub.  Echinaceas,,if you can give some water to, veronicas and salvias with spires of blue, Linum perenne, and osteospermums with flowers of white, yellow, pink etc.  will enjoy the heat. A mound forming thyme, Silver Posie, too with pink flowers and a variegated sage...salvia tricolour....will do well there.  Slightly tender but beautiful is a gaura called Corries gold. This has variegated green and white foliage (great behind a red plant) with tall waving butterfly white flowers.  Sure others will add to the list 

Front Garden Wall

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:21

Golden privet is nice.  Easily manageable and foliage is soft butter yellow during the summer Redcroft Ranger.  

Do you want a high totally private barrier or something shorter?

Would you like a variety of shrubs there make a hedge like arrangement?  You could marry foliage colours, or flowering shrubs ...?


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 17:13

Hiya Hours go by.  Nice to see you 

its been a sweltering afternoon and still is. Face feels hot.  Niece....."sufferIng" from tonsillitis.....has been sunbathing and certainly caught the sun.  Not too much although we are used to it down here. Because she is suffering sooooo much I've ordered a new sunbed for her.   Aaaaah!  Don't know how she will explain to her bosses at work how she caught the sun though 

trimmed, planted and planned bits  of the garden today. 

Hope everyone had lovely day

oh, thanks Yviestevie.  Yes I was rather good on Poldark this week.  


Hellebore advice

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:44

Jonesk, if you can get some mushroom compost use it as a mulch.  Hellebores love mushroom compost. 

There will be feed in your mpc but a good organic granular fertiliser like fish blood and bone tickled into the surface will help too.  Not too much water just now but when actively growing in a few weeks make sure it doesn't dry out.

T&M plug ID please

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 16:40

Just pot them all on In the same way.  The foliage will be much clearer then in a couple of week Grace


Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:24

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:04

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 08:02

I think I understand Edd's remark.  When I read this thread I expect some sad news so I think thats what Ed means.

however, this is an important thread that I feel the need to read. It includes good news too of course and helps us all to share and ease problems membees have.   It unites the forum

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 26/03/2015 at 07:57

Hostafan, I looked at a cordless mower recently locally.  Two prices.  One for the "shell" and then another £250 for battery and charging kit.  I spoke to the manager about it as the mower's headline (shell only) reduced price was misleading.  Without the battery, etc., the mower is useless

Discussions started by Verdun

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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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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