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Latest posts by Verdun

It's my birthday

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 17:29

Happy birthday flumpy. 

Xhose - Expandable hose - any good?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 11:51

Never been convinced about the Xhose.  I went for a better quality hose......10 year warranty I think, kink free and is perfect for me

Shazzycat, if your,x hose has broken in 2 years then another will do the same. Return it saying "not fit for purpose".  It should last longer than that so I would go for a conventional hose as a replacement.

if you,got to,the supplier with calm confidence you should get a refund or replacement quite effortlessly 


Posted: 23/03/2015 at 07:55

Hello forkers 

cloudy.  no wind. Dry. Might nip out and apply lawn feed later.  Forecast not too good for the week 

envious of those who can grow those blue poppies. enjoy the skip filling Punkdoc 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:28

I have a feeling that your Flamingo,is fine, just late in shooting Claire.

however I agree with,the tests and if it has died contact the supplier for a replacement. ,  was it local gc or online?  any reputable supplier will replace it 

What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:18

Oh ok.  Should have gone to spec savers 

does your plant have an acid compost?  for me a john Innes ericaceous is ideal.  

Newbie, repairing first lawn

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:14

still time to renovate that lawn.

I would apply a lawn weedkiller/mosskiller then a week or so later rake quite vigorously. it will look awful then but don't panic. if it's reasonably level apply a dwarf rye grass mixture...a very hard wearing popular seed mix. If there are some high spots or hollows try to level them out and then sow seed.

keep surface moist....not wet...until germination and try to keep off until growing well.

best not to apply a granular feed now because you've sown seed but 6 weeks or so later use a liquid nitrogen feed.  Another 4 weeks later you can liquid feed again to achieve a nice green lawn.

regular mowing.......once a week if you can.....and some treatment in the autumn will help keep your lawn healthy.


What's wrong with my Leucothoe please?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:01

I dont grow this needs an acid soil that's why.  However it looks like a fungal issue to me.  Have you been watering over the leaves at all?  The other thought is that it should be outdoors.  

If mine, I would put outside and spray with fungicide after removing affected leaves.  

I first thought your plant was simply developing it's red leaves.....thought it was Scarletta.......but can see clearly they are fungal spots.  


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 19:40

Can't talk....I'm grieving about Richard 111's death.  It's very upsetting.  I didn't know

Dwarf buddleia

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 18:58

For me buzz Ivory was fantastic. 

Marc, ok it could be your soil was too rich!  Buddleias usually thrive in the poorest soils but Buzz needs more than this...that's the reason for my earlier suggestion.  Many try to grow these in containers but soil needs to be reasonably moist I think.

Hopeless gardener, there are the Chip varieties of buddleia but these are smaller.   

i will post a picture of my Buzz Ivory this summer.....I posted last show you what you are missing Hopeless Gardener     (Hope it will be just as good now)


Lupin plants

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:09

 I would not do that just yet.  Although they are hardy plants they are not yet if they have recently been purchased.

this morning I potted on a few lupins that I bought a few weeks ago.  They were in 9cm pots.  I potted on immediately and now potted on again.  They are now in 1 litre pots.  Even though it's relatively mild here I still cover young lupins with fleece.  I will harden them off over the next couple of weeks and plant them out in mid April.

your lupIns will make bigger plants more quickly if potted up.  They are likely to sulk in the open ground right now or be attacked by slugs etc.  

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Last Post: 20/05/2015 at 19:34

Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 18:26

Oh no.....not again...

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Last Post: 16/05/2015 at 11:45

Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Last Post: 05/05/2015 at 07:46

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

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Last Post: 04/05/2015 at 09:48

Best herbaceous foliage

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Last Post: 28/04/2015 at 18:31

Am I grumpy cos.....

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Last Post: 17/04/2015 at 10:16

Come in Artjak...your time is up

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Last Post: 09/04/2015 at 20:13

Hey! Looking good

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 17:56

Contrast or clash; complement and safe

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Last Post: 02/04/2015 at 19:04

a good turn needs to be considered......

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Last Post: 05/04/2015 at 19:38

Serious reminder folks....

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Last Post: 25/03/2015 at 19:45

Smog going to get us?

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