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Latest posts by Verdun

compost or bark

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 20:02

Mushroom compost is excellent esp if laid down in autumn but not for acidic soils. ,  better than most other mulches

however, the very best mulch is raw seaweed.

but.....compost or bark.  Compost is better 

Pruning Lonicera/ Berberis

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 18:06


i grow these shrubs.  They are vigorous and respond well to pruning.  

DarwinIi should be pruned immediately after flowering and you don't need to be too specific.  Prune back to shape as you want it to be.  You won't damage it by pruning. 

Lomicera looks like Baggesons Gold. I prune twice a year....sometimes even 3 times.  I grow this as a trimmed shaped cone and new growth is vigorous and arching .....very attractive. Again, it's a question of shaping and pruning for density.  

no need to take out longest shoots etc on either shrub.........I use a fine hedge trimmer to maintain shape

GW 2015

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:28

Last night's prog was better than the first but a little boring for me.  The hellebore feature could have been longer .....we didn't see too much of the hellebore breeder's plants, did we?  

I think Monty needs to identify with us as having much smaller  gardens than he has and perhaps focus on plant varieties a little more. 

Cant help liking him though and he is knowledgeable 

Holly ID please

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:23

Yes, could be AWB.  


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:15

Oh!  I do like a good gallop.  I do, I do I do 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 17:12

Been really warm here today 

planted out onion sets and lettuce.

moved a choice....and expensive...yellow hellebore  to better spot.  Bit risky in theory but got large rootball so I don't think it will notice the move.

prepared a spot for Olivia rose Austin .....have dierama Guinevere set in front and Molinia wind spiel behind so think it will look pretty good.

How cruel is this?

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:25

Ooooooooo....I like that Dove.  

Worries & troubles that affect Forum friends.

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 13:22

Lyn, I know its very difficult.  Emotionally traumatic too.

With my mum I looked like the bad guy at first........however, got changes made in the care home and at hospital before that.  

Getting a care package in place took least if it's a package that is suitable for the patient.  

we just have to fight, fuss and agitate until something is done

i think it is true that the old and infirm are not really respected generally.  The last few days, months etc should be dignified for them.  It has been a shock for me to see how badly ...generally..... vulnerable and old people are treated.  


Posted: 14/03/2015 at 12:26


jealous people?  I got hugs

It was very warm and peaceful this morning overlooking the beach...felt much warmer than temp suggested.  Mist just clearing over the sea earlier so took picture

Grass seed type

Posted: 14/03/2015 at 08:57

Morning Ritchie

i went through the first class, fine leaves lawn phase.  Looked wonderful, I think, but it took an  awful lot of maintenance.  

I think dwarf rye grass seed is best.......sown relatively thickly it forms a dense thick good looking lawn. 

preparafion is everything.  Firming and levelling the most important factor........I spend a lot of time getting surface right.  

Regular  mowing is next most important part.........once a week in summer helps produce a good dense award.

there are some "wonderful" grass seed mixtures advertised in the press claiming all sorts of miraculous qualities.  they are no better than "ordinary" grass seed in my opinion 

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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Last Post: 23/05/2015 at 02:59

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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