Latest posts by Verdun

Caution! Virus

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:58

a thread today about helleborus black wont thank me for being botanically correct......made me check my cannas, hostas and hellebores today. Not pleasant in heavy rain 

viruses are now seen in more and more of our gardens.  They are affecting all kinds of plants from annuals to trees. From once being scarce only a few years back they are now commonplace.

No cure for them but we can be vigilant.  Regularly check the obvious foliage stuff and remove if viruses found.  they can be air borne, soil borne, transmitted by aphids, by us via our hands,tools and clothing.

we cannot cure an infected plant but we can be on our guard and remove them before they cause more problems 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 11:24

The EU will break up anyway.  It is falling apart.  In the UK we are relatively passive but in France people will demand to leave.  Not sure we will be allowed to if the referendum is close.

what is happening now is nothing like previous times......we are facing an unprecedented endless march of people coming to europe and the UK from dozens of countries.  where will they all live and work!  For me it is a serious worry. 

I asked this before but who among is will take an immigrant family in permanently?  Into our own homes permanently?  I guess we should if we truly care and put our own needs last. Some will but most will not.  Where else will they go?  A local broadcaster said we should all do this yet she has not done it   

we need to be realistic even though the situation affects us all emotionally.  Who of us does not feel deeply for the desperate people coming our way?  Despite denials,  most want to eventually  come to the UK.  

This referendum is crucial ....we need to get it right 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:53

Fidget, no cure so you did right thing.  

Feel sorry for chicky though 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:45

I agree that it looks very much like black death....the giveaway is in the veins, isn't  it fidget?  Plus new leaves, in my experience, should be perfect/unblemished.   Black spot develops on older leaves.

Chicky, were the flowers affected too?  I mean were they black streaked and poor quality? 

Are all your plants the same?  

I think it IS black death.....

not much support now but I try to keep hostas apart, cannas, dahlias, salvias, hellebores, everything really so that should disease, pests, etc., occur it would be localised.  

I would dig up those plants and not plant hellebores there again

sorry chicky.  

Perhaps others have a different view? 

Hellebores - black spot?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 10:26

Just popped in may be right.  Not looked up black death symptoms lately but  I do recall it is noticeable in the veins.  Agree black spot is quickly forms "clouds" of black followed by yellowing leaves.   Going to google a mo and get back 

Sedum help please

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:28

Yum yum tetley . You too?  But toast has to be burnt black, cold with thick butter 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 08:00

It's ok to worry PP.  ok to ask questions.  Have good day 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:58

Thoughts today for Dove and family.....

rain today.  Luckily early walk to the beach was a dry one.  It poured down when I got back so my powers are indeed awesome 

everything grown enormously because of the rain but sun is forecast later so best of both worlds.  Agapanthus now flowering to echo the delphniums and lupins 

have good day folks 

Rose Fertiliser

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:53


Your rose will be just fine.

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 07:40

I like europeans.  . Very much .  I don't like the EU.   There is a mighty difference

just because we urge people to leave the EU it doesnt mean we are anti anybody.

if the EU would allow us to control the numbers coming here I would prob vote to remain.  However, we have open borders and for me this is a big, big worry 

PP, there is nothing wrong in asking how it affects ME? 

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