Latest posts by Verdun

Sad looking Nandina Domestica

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 19:16

I planted a nandina domestica for a friend last year.  I selected a protected, shady, cool, moist position.  It looks good. 

BRISTOL, I think you have amswered your own question?  No, I don't think it will recover where it is so move it to a more suitable spot. 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 19:09

But I was worried Fairy 

it will be unusually cold down here at night ..not used to it 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 19:01

Leicester, tottenham, arsenal and Man U will be top 4 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 18:29

be prepared folks!    frosty cold nights for all of us tomorrow and Sunday nights 

fleece your tender stuff tomorrow  


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 18:21

Here they grow like weeds. ..

B3, pot them up in 3 litre pots if they are sizeable.  Plant them out when warmer 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:53

They like sunshine and warmth B3   

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:51

Sorry Andy and darren.......I should say those cream teas were awful 

but they weren't......they were full of Cornish Clotted Cream and local strawberry jam on top of huge freshly baked scones.  And help yourself I did with gusto.  Too much really but I coped . Had to have my share and half of someone else's 

never have my astrantias attacked darren....touch wood ...but its early for them so they will grow again 


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 17:45

Agree.  Heavy wet winter soil is fatal to achilleas

next autumn divide and pot them up for the winter 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 15:27

Phew!  Bloomin' hot 

planted out lupins...ex 3 litre pots.....osteospermum voltage yellow from 1 litre pots that were cuttings taken in autumn, and mulched border there with mixture of chicken manure and compost.  Ground and planting looks good there now . Potted on cosmos and argyranthemums into 1 litre pots...they will be potted on again in 2 weeks or so.  All pinched out 

so many things in flower...white osteospermums cascading, white iris, blue lithodoras, anemone blanda, helianthemums, arabis, brunneras, aubretias, camelias, rhodos, abutilon, montanas, etc. etc.   Who said spring would be dull this year? 

Off now for a well deserved (free) cream cake 

Which brigade are you?

Posted: 15/04/2016 at 11:35

No dig.  But.......

I thoroughly dig first getting lots of compost/manure in there.  

Why no  dig!  Because the nutrients remain in the top spit of soil where the veg roots are.  It produces excellent crops for me.  It protects the soil surface over winter.  It looks good   

(in ordinary ..non clay...soils hiwever, I don't think digging "destroys the soil structure" at all.  In fact it incorporates air and loosens it in my opinion.) 

the exceptions (in the veg patch) are runner bean tremch where loads of garden compost are added, the onion patch now and then and peas. 


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