Latest posts by Verdun

apricot tree

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 17:31

Apricot is not something I grow but want to.  easier than peaches, that I do peach leaf curl for example. Not familiar with that variety Julies but if you have a warm spot go for it 

i recommend Deacons Nursery.  Have used them for years for apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, pears and all sorts of soft fruit.  Excellent for advice too 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 17:25

Sunny for most of the day with thicker cloud in the morning.  Right now almost total blue sky and wind has dropped.  


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 17:22

Best wishes to your OH nanny beach 

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 17:18

No gardening Runny?  I is shocked . Ha ha 

woken v early this morning by a phone call from New Zealand, then another from Lanzarote  so washed the car at 6 and watered plants in pots.  Just a busy day

couple plants arrived ..ebay again.  Just why people buy bare root or perennial plugs when I had 2 superb quality for £1...that could have easily been divided to produce 8 plants and potted on. 

Lawns cut, dahlias desdheaded and plants moved.  Argyranthemums dug out to be replaced with wallflowers too.

lovely day with less wind . Hope it is as good elsewhere.  Think it prob is 

Catnip plant for cats

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 17:04

Like a lot of things, a but of exaggeration has built up.  Cats like all sorts of plants that are in a nice sunny warm spot.  Catmint is grown in such places...hence cats come a calling!  Simple! 


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 13:02

yes are relevant    We all are

history is important esp personal history...our parents, grandparents, those we have lost prematurely.  They made us, shaped us, gave us, helped us; we owe them

I have frequent disagreements with my brother...he has no time for the past or those in it.  A selfish so and so.

history should teach us but often  we ignore it to our loss.

gardening?  young people increasingly seem to want to grow things to eat.  Sharing our excess runner beans,,tomatoes, fruit etc.   with neighbours makes us knock on their doors and talk to them like we used to do in the "old days" .  so, yes Frank, I think we will again bottle, freeze, store and share our produce and, yes, it is a "fashion" that is returning and thankfully so. 

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Posted: 06/10/2016 at 11:55

Looking good Pokhim 

...another reason for separating is that next year with all the extra foliage that pot will blow over. 


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:24

Aym, exactly the point.  Over thought and unnecessarily so but remember growers need to get their plants to flowering/selling size asap.  For the consumer it often means an acclimatisation/non flowering period when plants get into their stride again 

I would use JI number 3 

New GW...??

Posted: 06/10/2016 at 08:16

It is clear to me the GW team are trying to produce a prog we all enjoy.  

It is irritating to me that so many asked for an hour long prog not so long ago but now diss it.  

For me an hour long prog every week of the year would be great....we all have record or catch up so we don't have to sit and watch it when broadcast 

for heaven's sake folks stop moaning 


Posted: 06/10/2016 at 07:07

Agapanthus are seen everywhere down here from starring on St, Michaels Mount to growing in the fields  to private and public gardens.  No need to see them on the Nile    This is prob the home of agapanthus 

i really think there is way too much perceived mystery about growing agapanthus....they are easy if given sun and a warm spot.  Patience may be needed.

 They grew and flowered profusely in my rich but sandy loam so much so they had to be thinned out and plants, both white and blue, were given to neighbours and friends. I keep them limited now in just one or two spots in the garden.

the advantage of individual potted plants is that they will eventually...not talking years here.... make several eye catching plants to place in different parts of fhe garden.  5 mature...mature don't forget.....plants will need separating at some stage anyway rather than just repotting. Seems an awful waste to cram them in one container.  I think those plants will easily llift and perform just the same standing alone...they wont even know they have been moved 

visit any gc in summer and you will see potted agapanthus for sale...they haven't taken years to flower???

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