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Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 18/01/2015 at 17:55

Free?  Free wintersong?   Donuts in lieu of cash 

name of shrub

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:51

Eleagnus?  Prickly at all?  Picture would make life easier though 

Moving Bamboo

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:22

Ironically, bamboos don't seem to thrive in pots....for me anyway.  They need good moisture regularly or they look sad.  

Salino........I've been checking out bamboos and maybe, just maybe, a little tempted by a variety or two I've  seen.  Will research a bit more yet to be totally convinced however.....but I'm getting there .  Maybe 

however, the catalogues can easily confuse would be buyers of bamboo.  A beginner could very easily select the runners.  My other concern is about the "clumpers" - they all seem to grow pretty tall. (?). It would take a lot of convincing though for me to plant a bamboo


Posted: 18/01/2015 at 16:14

Beautiful day here.  Sunshine almost all the way.  sun very warm and no wind but a bit of a chill in it.  Wanted to plant continus grace and hydrangea  limelight today but got distracted by dealings with EE.  A replacement phone was not delivered yesterday so sought compo.  They offered me a day's line rental??????   got my excess refunded instead.  Then a couple of other surprises so no opportunity to garden.

so far the winter has been ok down here.  And the days are drawing out.  And the birds are singing.......

Cotinus Grace was never on my radar, preferring Royal  Purple, but it will accompany pittosporum Irene Patterson very well I think with a yellow mounded taxus in the foreground and Agastache Summer Sky.  

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 12:04

Yes Lyn.  It's something I do....tagetes and tomatoes and even with pelargoniums. works for me 

Narcissus Cheerfullness

Posted: 18/01/2015 at 11:56

I grow both Joyce...white and yellow....and I think yellow are more scented.  Lucky enough to have had loads given me when I planted someone's garden few years back

Regular contributers.

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 20:29

Cowslip, with hindsight this was a good thread.  

Old Wive's Tales/Tips and Wrinkles

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 16:30

I have used beetroot on my face for several years now.  Everyone says how beetiful I look 

Hydrangea Advice

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:45

 Newly planted bushes etc often are late in growing again in spring.  

established plants often do their own thing.  They may look dead but simply be late in shooting.

Last year my summer jasmine looked dead.  Usually by mid spring it is covered in foliage but for some reason it remained bare.  Wood was dead.  Cut it hard back intending to dig it out later but recovered well.  

Ditto Carpentaria Californica.  It looked dreadful and decided to remove it.  However it is a truly beautiful plant so I rechecked its requirements.  Always thought it needed dry soil but no, apparently, it wants a reasonable amount of moisture.  Pruned hard back, fed and mulched and watered it well during the summer.  Looking good now and I expect it to thrive now.

always worth checking our plants need.  hydrangeas like a reasonable water supply.  Given that they should do well


Posted: 17/01/2015 at 11:25

Got a half price shrub....asked for a discount for buying two.  New manager said no but then got £2 off the one I bought.  Don't think he realised he haggled himself !   Well, £2 is £2 

beautiful weather here....lots of sunshine and dry and no wind.  Could plant my shrub but .....well, too lazy!


Discussions started by Verdun

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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Black Friday bargains

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Any other dodos out there?

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What's left for us to grow?

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Meany or being careful !

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Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 15:32

Clocks go forward tonight

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Impressions of the posters here

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Why am I so special,to,the forum?

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