Latest posts by Verdun

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:16

Dull, damp but feeling warm.  Dry now with a view of blue sky in patches. 

Like archie,,pleased to see the rain. better than any artificial watering 


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 18:07

Sandra, in lawns, pathways?  

Vine weevil question

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 17:04


Yes, use provado vine weevil killer 

for now repot using fresh compost. tidy roots and cut back tops.

there is evidence to suggest using john innes soil based compost instead of mpc helps deter vine weevils.

in early autumn apply provado and repeat in spring.

When to prune a Camellia?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 11:20

Ice cut it now. It still has plenty of time to grow and form flowers 

musher is right...after flowering is ideal but you are not far behind . you can prune as hard as you like...I like to cut to where buds/shoots are in pairs.  Camelias respond very well to pruning ...some simply take a pair of shears to them but better to  prune for shape and balance.

when pruning you can help determine its growth....prune to an upward bud for tight erect growth; for wider growth prune to downward/outward  facing buds.  In your case look for upward shoots to cut to. Camelias look superb even out of flower if nice and bushy so go for it Ice without worry 

I have 5 or 6 camelias and all have been pruned.  The last was moved a few weeks back and to make it more bushy I have pruned all shoots half way....did this last week.  


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:07

Liri, I am going for White Tanna.  Thanks 


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:05

Buttercups you have (poetically) persuaded me 

will google White Tanna sounds perfecf for me 


Posted: 19/05/2016 at 08:02

Agree the flowers are superb but as a hedge I prefer the greyer foliage of Munstead and Hidcote.

however, all 3 are equally great for me 

if possible, make room for a lavendar hedge 

EU. In or Out?

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 07:51

Any and every pm I posted has been supportive.....PRIVATE but supportive,    All I ask folk is who would do this?  

I receive quite a number of pm's but would never publish them.....doesn't it cross the line?  Would you trust someone who did this? 

I cannot read what someone says here simply because I have pressed the "ignore" button.  Not to agitate but to try to restore harmony but I am still attacked????   It was this or leave the forum and advice was to "ignore" 

When I joined the forum there was already a major squabble leading to a bunch of people leaving to form a breakaway forum;  a couple of years ago another serious spat almost destroyed the forum; people have left for individual personal reasons ...some of whom still keep in touch....and the new style forum has caused more to leave.  Now a mini campaign to drive me out.  Ostensibly because I am a "stirrer" main sin is that I am an outspoken supporter of the leave EU camp.  

it is only a forum...not life and death ....but I enjoy it.  Most here are friendly, appreciative and non judgemental.  This is to my mind the best forum and I would like to remain

Problem With Smoke Tree

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 07:24


For the very best foliage pinch out tips during the summer.  I do this 2 or 3 times to produce more density and richer colour.  

Regrowth from hard pruning is phenomenal 

A summer version of aubretia

Posted: 18/05/2016 at 22:22

Cheap enough one plant,,pull off some rhizomes and pot them up.  By aummer's end you will have good plants.  

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why did we worry?

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Inspiring or what?

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