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Latest posts by Verdun

Raised flower bed

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:21

Hello Tiny

do you have any garden compost?  Any turf left over or planning to cut out some of your lawn?  This is great stuff for volume filling, stacked upside down.

can you get some too soil?

how big an area is this?

worthwhile getting the soil right though now......not a raised bed but a former smallish pond was converted into a border.  I used stacked turves, rotted garden compost, dried manure and garden soil from elsewhere.  The plants have been prolifiic.  They include some plants you might consider for your shade area like astilbes. Astrantias, cimicifugas, ferns, rudbeckias, and hackonechloa grass.  

Plague of giant slugs

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 14:11


BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:45

Ironic that.....spelling educational edicational . Big fingers on little ipad ! 

Leylandii Probelm

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:40

Agree totally about the cutting........always wider at the base.  Resolves a number of hedging issues.  Also about encouraging growth from low down, not cutting now and waiting until spring

Possibly Carl...if the browning isn't too could pull green shoots across the affected areas and discreetly tie them in.  I have done this successfully.  

BBC -entertainment or education?

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:33


we ARE being educated on the telly.....

Eastenders shows us how real people they argue, cheat, backstab one another all the time!  

Not sure about an insect slot.....there are lots of wildlife documentaries on the telly aren't there?

I would like a serious garden prog though .....currently most of them tickle our senses almost flippantly or they go into depth about the meaning of a plant designer's show garden.  A programme dedicated to plant types would be great.   Not about those old thorny, diseased, roses......but hellebores, dicentras, salvias,,agastaches, heleniums, etc. etc.   

Progs about plants!  Edicational and entertaining 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:09

Artemisia abrotanum is indeed the old plant found in our parents' and grandparents' gardens rachel.  

I started growing it again a few years back when I noticed it in my uncle's garden.  He, in turn, grew it for same reason.....nostalgia for that lemon/camphor/eucalyptus aromatic foliage.

replaced it couple years ago for something "brighter' but now I want it back again.  

planting grasses

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 12:01


it is addictive B3.........try for grasses that flower mid summer onwards like calamagrostis karl foerster...well behaved, not so,vigorous and delightful purple/grey feathery flowers.  

I must have 25 plus from small to tall.  Read up a little...some are invasive (none of those I have mentioned) but most are not.  Some evergreen, some with coloured foliage.  some to give great winter colour foliage.  Great contrast to most everything else.  Movement and sound too!!! 


Posted: 30/08/2015 at 10:54

Not really herbaceous....litres is volume not weight but the lead n feathers did stsrt it off.

sorry you fighting "fearsome creatures" though......the mind boggles 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:41

Meomye, my plants now have just a few leaves at the very top.  Been like this now for 2 weeks.  Removing tops of stems too.  

So, yes.  Leaves and top stems off 

Talkback: How to ripen late tomatoes

Posted: 30/08/2015 at 09:36

Still time for tomatoes to ripen if they are already beginning to colour.  Givimg away some tomatoes later......shame they dont really "keep"

best year for me for toms but blight has been an issue for many this year.

not an expert but for me a few basic principles have helped me id best conditions ....for me...for tomatoes.  Essentially to keep foliage dry, to regularly remove leaves, to keep good air flow, to spray with epsom salts in early stages, to spray with diluted milk and not to over water.  No chemicals, no fungicides.


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Slugs knippimg.......

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Bit fed up but always a silver lining......

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An observation.....

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Mildew free monardas

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Boring, boring rosesN

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What will simply not thrive for you....

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look wot she did to me........

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Echi what?

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Such a shame......

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Even you hard hearts......

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Ok...its nasty

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Doomed I tell you.......

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Is this an arrogance?

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