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Latest posts by Verdun

Dividing Hellebores

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:56

I would leave it for another year.  There are some experts here though who grow loads of hellebores.  I grow about 30 varieties I guess but that's nothing in comparison.  Hopefully they will add their comments too. 


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:52

Mardatha, ceanothus come in a range of sizes and vigour. from trees like Trewithen blue to low growing varieties.  All are fast growers.  All are a little tender.  All need sun and good drainage. All are short lived generally.  Some flower for longer than others.

you could try cerstostigma wilmottiana flowers all summer and the autumn foliage turns orange before falling.  Rich dark blue flowers on a mound some 90 cm tall and wide.  Or consider caryopteris flowers in late summer 

new guinea impatient plug plants

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:40

Mark, how cold did it get last night?  Were they beside an open window.? did you open the packet of plugs and leave roots exposed? 

However, as Marc said, they will recover well now in good light. Resist the urge to water again too soon too.  Fleece over them at night if it gets cold 


Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:36

The monarchy DOES cost us something ......the country does not need a pompous family to preside over us.  It is simply the top structure of a class system.  We will see thousands of people fawning, crying, waving hysterically as well as the media going over the top.  We should not be " worshipping" at,the feet of anyone but look at the news tonight to see this happen. 

Come on folks..........see it for what it is 


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:26

Should have said clumpers not crumpers 


Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:23

Veronicas are speedwells.  Don't tar the whole family with same brush Meomye.  Look, I'm great at everything but my brother isn't! 

However, prostrata is a little bit creeping......more of a lower growing variety than some of the taller crumpers

Bindweed (convolvulus) is a menace in the garden yet it has some excellent members of its family including Cneorum, maritima.

blue flowers for me too.......I grow quite a range of blue flowers here 


Royal Baby

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 15:10

Ethel, Gertrude 

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 12:17

Oh yes Lily 

did you see that jockey on the news Last week?  Real style I think 

Fish, Blood and Bone

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 12:12

Hello Heather

i apply fish blood and bone once a year too generally .......early spring.  However when looseing soil around plants...weeding etc.....I will tickle in a little fertiliser at the same time.  All plants will need some fertiliser once a year.  

I use it around camellias too.  Azaleas and rhododendrons too........only because I'm too lazy and I get away with it  but better to use a proprietary feed for these I think.  

For me, a light fertiliser application is sufficient....mulching with compost of any kinds better

National nude gardening day!

Posted: 02/05/2015 at 12:05

It's freedom Lily 

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