London (change)
Today 18°C / 13°C
Tomorrow 19°C / 10°C

Verdun


Latest posts by Verdun

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

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:51

I grow plants to be fully appreciated for what they are.  Not with any intention to be "neat".  A nice mounded hebe is spoiled by a thug next door to it for example.  A beautiful conifer overwhelmed by a vigorous dahlia then has no distinct form.  A hosta grown over by an energetic rambling geranium is spoiled.

Some plants look good "mixing it up"........a blue geranium running into a group of rudbekias.......but "neatness" enables  the protected plants to look good in the winter time.

I guess I am a "neat" gardener.  I like to see an echinacea, for example, showing off its flowers......and foliage.....without  another plant merging with it.  Associations can still be arranged....and look better......if space is allowed between them for each to display its own individual beauty.

So, is neatness a swear word for you folks?  If you like your plants tumbling into one another to form a tapestry of colour then I guess you will say "yes....neatness is not proper gardening.  It's not as nature intended"

So, who are the neat gardeners?  Why? And why not? 

Camellias

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:24

Yes prune now ASAP.   I do mine immediately after flowering.  

You can shape them too......a nice rounded or conical form so they look good out of flower too

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:17

I also use it on lilies....often here they get a little yellow.  A spray with Epsom salts and another a week or so later corrects this.  Same applies to lupins that can become a little chlorotic.  Epsom salts, again twice, restores healthy green.  

Seaweed spray and Epsom salts are both excellent tonics for many slightly ailing plants.  

What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 21:08

Ah, lily.  Of course, you are a lily but no ordinary one.  You are the regal lily...lilium Regale. 

Leaves turning very pale with dark veins

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:27

Wendy, try Epsom salts first. Its cheap. It's available from chemists. To me your plants are short of magnesium so Epsom salts isresolver product.  Try it amd get back to us

What plant is identifiable to which member?

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:17

I imagine Verdun to be majestic, superior,charming, elegant, physically strong, mentally  astute and very, very humble.    So, what better plant than subtle cannas?

Dove.......the clematis queen, pond fanatic, wildlife comcerned and charming and friendly as those smiling violas.

Fairy....... Brooms.  Broomstick etc.  (oh, that magic!  ...er!  Lovely brooms of course ). But an impression of a very hard worker so maybe an ever flowering sweet pea

Busy?  I associate with busy lizzies, of course.  Her self chosen handle implies her fondness for them.

Punkdoc?  The blue Himalayan poppy.

orchid Lady......orchids.  Hey! This is easy 

Supernoodle I imagine to be carefree, spontaneous and far from retiring so perhaps a lover of dahlias

Nutcutlet?  Trees? 

Italophile....what else but tomatoes.  The king!

Woody!  Alpines and lush lawns. 

KEF?  well, she strikes me as being a kindly sort, reliable but deep so perhaps an evergreen hellebore 

Hostafan, not sure on this one....ha ha

Could have a field day here .......

Interesting now to see how others add to this list of character assassinations. 

Rhododendrums

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:42

Dee,,you don't say if it's a dwarf variety.  

For my money, it would be perfect between the 2 Camelias......as long as colours don't clash.......providing a lovely spring show.  Snowdrops, daffs and tulips.  Then a foreground of lithodora....blue flowers on evergreen mats......or blue flowering corydalis.  Soooooooooperb spring display.   You could add some lilies for summer flowers too.

Runner beans

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:35

Ah!  Never done that Bob.  So no reduction in cropping?  

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:34

Re planting dahlias, I too give a lot of thought about their placements.  If purple foliaged, for example, often near a white striped miscanthus or Cornus aurea, or in front of tall helenium.  Or a blue in foreground.  

Yellow Honka is stunning near salvias...rhe shorter patens or the taller guaranitica or the purple salvia Amistad...sorry folks, nothing subtle with this planting  Best to get these things right I think.

Still a dahlia or two to go out and want to get a white next to geum totally tangerine but white .....Star Child......is not quite big enough yet.

Sun is out now so it will be a quick walk with the dog

Hostas

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 13:48

I divide hostas every 2 or 3 years into sizeable clumps and repot or replant using compost, etc.  I do this at any time of year, even mid summer.  Mid summer plants then produce superb foliage right through to autumn but without flowers.

Slugs and snails get into the compost so check under your pots Susiejenny.  Those small ones ....are they keel slugs?.....often lurk there.  Also, small snails will hide in the crowns.

Touch wood.......none of my hostas are damaged yet amd I usually keep them like this for most of the summer. I find hostas lose their foliage quality after flowering as well as attracting slugs, etc., at this time too.

I grow many hostas in the open....most of my garden is sunny......so I ensure they are well watered.  However, the very yellow or varieties with lots of white in their leaves, like Fire and Ice, need to be out of the sun or they will burn.  

I grow a few different varieties....just added Fire Island that looks a little weak, so far........and, I agree Susiejenny, they light up the garden 

 

Discussions started by Verdun

It's my birthday

Replies: 83    Views: 1408
Last Post: Yesterday at 11:11

Roasting

Replies: 47    Views: 812
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

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

Replies: 23    Views: 422
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 504
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56

grasses

Replies: 65    Views: 1097
Last Post: 16/08/2014 at 23:56

hardy geraniums pictures

Replies: 16    Views: 326
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 00:44

Is mahonia invasive?

Replies: 20    Views: 385
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Blue foliage

Replies: 21    Views: 549
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 02:44

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

Replies: 70    Views: 1399
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 09:47

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

Replies: 66    Views: 2140
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 21:53

Dahliettes.....?

Replies: 10    Views: 326
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 13:15

Carpenteria californica shaping

Replies: 5    Views: 253
Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Rubbish mpc

Replies: 11    Views: 336
Last Post: 16/05/2014 at 12:47

JUST FOR MIKE

Replies: 221    Views: 7111
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 20:06

Drat........

Replies: 4    Views: 289
Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 20:57
1 to 15 of 168 threads