Latest posts by Verdun

Another Leylandii issue

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:41


  I took matters into my own hands maybe 15 years ago.  2 single  tall thin leylandii. When they were on holiday I got over the wall and cut them down.  Bit risky.....well, very risky.  A rope, a ladder, a saw  and a friend.  The second tree just missed neighbour's GH.  I did enjoy that day.  

Determined not to be on the back foot I left a note saying why I cut them.  The main reason was it was clear the trees were never going to be cut despite me asking them several times. My argument was they said they would so I assumed they would be fine if I just did it. 

neighbour relations were a bit tense for a while 

Ah!  Good times 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 16:27

Aym.....keep up!  not Jubatum.  Pennisetum Villosum 


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 15:52

Paradise Park is  not more than 10 mins away from me  DR.  Glad you have happy memories of Cornwall 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 13:16

Chicky,,mine have never suffered over winter.  I have posted pics of Villosum during the summer has flowered for weeks now and usually continues well into late autumn 


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:42

Hmmmm!  You are right DR.  Local GC has already started filling spaces with xmas stuff

however, friendly with plant manager so I always get bargains and know well in advance of any offers.

a 5 min drive from local nursery......pretty big, ambitious owner with whom I am also friendly and always on the look out for new plants.  

GC's though are shooting themselves in the foot by charging too much 

Splitting / dividing Iris

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:33

Would you leave it until spring, after flowering, now Fairy?

Dragonice, I would delay splitting.  Enjoy the flowers in spring then divide.  You want hot sun asap on those divided tubers 

Overwintering begonias

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:29

Have you checked there is no tuber Patricia?

they are quite easy to overwinter.  Dry and frost free.  Don't be eager to start them too soon again in spring.  They are best started off again in shallow trays concave side upwards.  When you see shoots pot them up.  

Poldark returns

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:25

aym, you are quite right.....he is pretty small for a cornishman. 

Never watched Poldark but the scenery is sure to be the star of the show......even tho it is wet today ! 

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:18

Pennisetum Villosum folks.......grow it here in several places..    Delightful floaty and tactile. 

Slightly tender in some places and will grow well in a pot Chicky 

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 12:14

I'm confident enough now to hand distribute lawn feed etc.  Any new product or new formulation I read beforehand....well, I try to 

the key is to water within a day, never in the morning of a hot sunny day and ideally in the early evening 

Last edited: 03 September 2016 12:15:41

Discussions started by Verdun

17 degrees in a couple of days

Replies: 13    Views: 364
Last Post: Yesterday at 22:23

As if the day couldn't get any better.........

Replies: 6    Views: 436
Last Post: 16/02/2017 at 14:17

Tonight DIY... gt Ormond St Hospital

Replies: 7    Views: 542
Last Post: 11/11/2016 at 08:26

Well, he won but.....

Replies: 178    Views: 6241
Last Post: 14/11/2016 at 16:36

Sssssssscared or what?

Replies: 27    Views: 1366
Last Post: 13/11/2016 at 22:02

What is an all year round garden?

Replies: 41    Views: 1494
Last Post: 07/11/2016 at 21:19

Shakes you...

Not a Michael Buble fan really.... 
Replies: 16    Views: 639
Last Post: 06/11/2016 at 10:29

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Replies: 12    Views: 513
Last Post: 30/10/2016 at 17:13

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Replies: 43    Views: 1765
Last Post: 12/10/2016 at 10:36


Replies: 8    Views: 531
Last Post: 28/09/2016 at 21:13

How ruthless???

Replies: 18    Views: 552
Last Post: 25/09/2016 at 22:00

£3 99 or 39p?

Replies: 9    Views: 536
Last Post: 20/09/2016 at 17:10

HEY! This aint right!

Replies: 31    Views: 1086
Last Post: 14/09/2016 at 17:25

Cosmos xanthos

Replies: 5    Views: 342
Last Post: 12/09/2016 at 21:06

Those who don't have grasses!

Replies: 54    Views: 1645
Last Post: 10/09/2016 at 16:52
1 to 15 of 340 threads