Latest posts by Verdun


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:29

Hiya fidget.  Never done them from seed....not enough patience....but plants get 3 or 4 feet high and as much across, although quite erect ( stake mine).  I would give them 3' spacing.

Delphiniums and Lupins

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:19

For me lupins are at their best in second and third years then best discarded.  I often keep them for 2 years and then divide them after their flowerimg in July.  

Delphiniums,,if kept slug free, seem to improve over 4 or 5 years and then decline.

Unhappy Brachyglottis

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:16

Sounds like its dry. Not really a pot plant....I would put it in the ground. Any chance of,that al26?

Usually I remove yellow flowers on grey plants but on this, senecio sunshine, I keep them.  They are now opening for me here and they are a great for this time of the year. 

They do tend to brown on the lower leaves and benefit by pruning quite hard after flowerimg.  Keeps them compact, bushy and attractive.  


Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:08

Glad your mum is okish Punkdoc.  So now enjoy Glastonbury.  

Got another baptisia today....gentian blue flowers in late spring, lovely.  Echinacea Hot Papya cos I lost mine in a frenzy to move it in the middle of last summer and an unusual looking white osteospermum, quite different to those I already grow. Got them cheap too......

Another scorchio day, and still is. ,

Now to decide where to place my new plants...........

white flowering plants

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 19:00

White lights is y avourite but there are lots of varieties now.  Gaura corries gold....with lovely white and green foliage amd delicate butterfly flowers. Echinacea White Swan, Anemome Wild Swan, acteas provide scented white flowers in late summer, argyranthemums, white flowered Baptisi, wjite osteospermums, white dahlia's, white pinks, white Potentillas, white jasmine, white Achilleas, white campanulas, white hellebores, white lupins, delphiniums, white geraniums, white astilbes, white astrantias, white scabious.......etc.  I grow all of these.

White is not everyone's choice but I like it

Fruit trees, to prune or not to prune

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:22

Peter, can you cordon or espalier train the apples?  However, depending on variety (not tip bearing) you can prune back later this month.  The idea is to create short spurs by summer pruning.  I will be doing this in early August.

Is your cherry on dwarf rootstock?  How high is it?  

I need hugs too....

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:17

Sorry David, Suarez will leave Liverpool.  Thus latest incident will deter some bidders but he will go to Spain or Italy 

Plug plant offers

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:15

Not sure you will need too much protection at this time of year ChrissieB

I would get plugs into 9 cm pots ASAP and then cover with fleece.  It will keep slugs at bay and afford good protection.  When they are growing well in their bigger pots remove fleece and don't over fuss them.  There's still 3 months of good growing weather yet

......the good guys

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:06

Burford garden centre supplied some agastaches this week via their online service. Excellent service, plants, delivery (ordered on Mon am and received Tues am) .  Always email when satisfied and will be ordering again from them.

Using mushroom compost...

Posted: 25/06/2014 at 08:02

Have used plenty of mushroom compost......get lorry load at a time and will prob get some this autumn.

Never had a problem with any weeds and I think less chemicals are used now, if any, a high lime content sometimes affects lupins but Epsom salts addresses this.  Yes, raspberries won't like mushroom compost either.  Obviously, never use near ericaceous plants.

Hellebores love it. 

I apply several inches thick on bare veg patch in autumn to rake in in early spring and as a mulch, again in autumn and winter and during any planting. I tend now to use every 3 years



Discussions started by Verdun

Buddleia buzz doing the bizness

Replies: 9    Views: 261
Last Post: 09/09/2014 at 09:11

Need to encourage more slugs into the garden

Replies: 26    Views: 675
Last Post: 20/09/2014 at 19:13

Verdict....your new plants this year

Replies: 42    Views: 963
Last Post: 03/09/2014 at 19:16

Gaillardias ......who grows 'em?

Replies: 14    Views: 250
Last Post: 31/08/2014 at 19:00

It's my birthday

Replies: 199    Views: 3939
Last Post: 21/09/2014 at 09:23


Replies: 47    Views: 903
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

They're bossing it now........

Replies: 23    Views: 489
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 585
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56


Replies: 65    Views: 1283
Last Post: 16/08/2014 at 23:56

hardy geraniums pictures

Replies: 16    Views: 399
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 00:44

Is mahonia invasive?

Replies: 20    Views: 459
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Blue foliage

Replies: 21    Views: 649
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 02:44

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Replies: 70    Views: 1512
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 09:47

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Replies: 66    Views: 2275
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 21:53


Replies: 10    Views: 371
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 13:15
1 to 15 of 172 threads