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Latest posts by Verdun

When to prune zebra grass?

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:58

Cut the last  of mine down this morning Sallyforbes

its spring here.  12 degrees at least and no wind so feeling even warmer.  

Mail order plant catalogues

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:54

And less impressive too perlegirl 

Looking for a Fuchsia

Posted: 15/02/2015 at 11:52

Potash nursery has it on line


Posted: 15/02/2015 at 08:26

Morning everyone 

beautiful, sunny, crisp with bit of a chill. ,

Stacey, if you're reading are you?  



Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:37

Cur blimey Bob!  

bind weed and brambles!!

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 21:35

Hiya Wills

i grow heleniums, cannas, veronicastrums, grasses,,shrubs, temder salvias, acteas, conifers,,Dahlias, heathers, verbenas of all sorts, lavendars, echinaceas, agastaches hellebores, hardy geraniums, eucomis varieties, , ...oh, I could go on and on and on. 

I grow for scent too.....daphne, witch hazels,,heliotropes, regal lilies, sarcoccoca,,mock oranges, lemon citriodora, pineapple sage,,scented pelargoniums etc

I enjoy growing veg and  fruit (apples, pears, blueberries, gooseberries, black currants,peaches) 

i garden on an average size plot I guess....divided into 2 parts.  Back garden is a walled, warm sandy loam.  Front is more sandy but equally walled.  mild Cornish sheltered location.

cannot grow roses.....air is too clean, paradoxically.  

i have a small pool, a couple of good lawns. I love growing perennials associating by both colour and shape.  Foliage plants esp are a passion.  Foliage colour via Cotinus royal purple, pittosporum to thumb, purple berberis, physio. Diablo, heucheras,  for purple, yellow conifers, heathers, grasses, for yellow,  plants providing blue foliage like eucalyptus, Elymus magellanicus, fescue for blue.  And lots of variegated foliage plants from shrubs to small perennials Including lots of hostas  

Bit of a perfectionist......maybe fussy(?).....about quality plants and seek out varieties not usually found in the garden centres. This year I have added at least 8 or 9 new shrubs ...always exciting.

Like many here, I regularly make new beds by removing pieces of lawn.  

This year?  To grow much of the same but with new varieties.  I make sure soil is in good heart and that plants thrive.  Not too many annuals except  in pots.

so I grow a lot but nothing squashed in.

i talk a lot about gardens and plants......for sure too much.

sorry Wills.  You asked. 

bind weed and brambles!!

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:57

Cut down the excess now.  Keep any foliage down to as short as possible.  As soon as growth starts get glyphosate spray.  After about a couple of weeks of good weed growth choose a dry day and spray all the new growth.  Keep on top of renewed growth during the growing season......regrowth will progressively be less but still be persistent so clobber every new shoot.  By summers' end you should be well on top. you can still plant during the summer though........painting glyphosate on leaves may be wiser where immediately close to your plants

there is a tougher/stronger glyphosate readily available now so go for this.

Plants to edge a bed to scare cats off

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:48

How about the odd grass like fescue, carex, dwarf stipa or uncinia?  liriope?  Plants that have movement?  Perhaps some short discreet canes inserted too.....not permanently but enough to break up cats' routines.  

Moist ground too seems to deter cats if ground elsewhere is dry so wetting the affected areas may help.  It does on my veg patch. 

Not sure that any mulches will make much  difference

Talkback: Lavender and wallflower pot display

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:22

See sweet pea thread just bumped up Wills

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 14/02/2015 at 20:21

bumped this up for Wills for experts here 

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