Latest posts by Verdun

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:36

Linda, if they are outside they will be dead.  

ironically they are sold in the late summer when they look at their best ....but only for a few weeks and that's  it.  They are often sold as plugs earlier in the year but avoid them...they rarely make any size 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:31

Onwards and upwards now Hosta 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:28

just research as much as possible Hazel but allow for gut instinct too.   

Clearly few people know very much...the more I hear and read the more I realise that. 

talking this morning with a group of small businessmen the consensus was that EU rules are killing them.  The possible influx of huge numbers of people was a worry expressed too.  This is in Cornwall where we still have space.  goodness knows how it will be for you guys in population high areas 

whichever way this thing goes at least views are being aired here.  This is good 



Skimmia Japonica Rubella

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:19

Do it now......

Penesetum Fireworks - are they dead?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 12:17

Emma, varieties of pennisetum rubrum like Fireworks are very tender indeed.  Even in a heated gh they can fail.  Best regarded as annuals.  Warm season grasses so their impact in the garden is only reallt noticeable between June and September.

i have overwintered them....have done this year for first time in a few years....but wont know for sure until growth re starts in a few weeks. 

Its not just about temperature but they need watering too over winter in a gh so tricky.

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends - part 2

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:43


My Perfumed Bristol Garden in 2016.

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:42

Morning Marion

what variety of jacobs ladder did you plant?  Do you like the variegated varieties like Stairway to Heaven?

hope you enjoy your day outdoors today....forecasf is good 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:36

In our heavily farming and fishing area opinion is that we MUST leave EU.  As said before the government minister in charge of farming, fishing etc ...also our local mp.....says we need to leave the EU

Down here these industries are being destroyed by EU 

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:30

Lovely morning here....warm already.  Watered and fed plants in gh and conservatory 

hope Lyn is coping well and hosta is recovering 

have good day everyone 

Newbie - Privet Hedge Stumps

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 08:28

Quarkrad, you have to dig up that privet.  

I have removed large overgrown privet and, yes, the rootstock can be heavy and difficult.

i dig a trench all round and deep enough to then start digging below from the sides.  Secateurs and a sharp saw are useful too to cut roots as you see them.  A crowbar too is mighty handy.  A mixture of cutting, digging and levering will move them.

i think too much thinking is being made here Quarkrad because you will remove them.  Do you have a friend who can work with you?  

I found when the first privet stump is removed the others are easier...the ground is partially  dug and loosened for the next stump.  The size of stumps I had were so heavy they could not be easily lifted.  They had grown some 15' plus and been in place for years

too late now of course but best to leave 4' or so of stiff stems to help with the levering process.

just think though Quarkrad, when those privets are gone how satisfied you will be.  Job done for good.  

Good luck 

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