Latest posts by Verdun

Mixing cremation ashes with soil

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 19:15

Peagee, why not do both?   Use some for your will be fine. 

Nothing wrong with not wanting to let go.   None of us do so we understand 

How to prune hydrangea peniculata?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 19:08

Loana,  That is such a straggly thing....sorry don't mean to be harsh ....that in your case I would cut it almost to the base.  Then in future years do the halfway cut.   You need to develop strong branches...those stems will not aupport any flowers.

if mine, I would

cut back as suggested

repot in a bigger pot.....use john innes number 3 and mix in dried manure.  

Water well and mulch

however, can you plant it in the garden?   Paniculata is not really a container plant.  

My own paniculata produces flower heads the size of footballs....well, almost 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:41

That is my favourite thumb aym.  won lots of shows of course

no competitions aym.....I enjoy the sharing, e.g. Mark's Camellia E. G Waterhouse.  I will be pinching that beauty Mark 

What is this?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:30

Simple, it's 

Resurrected Eight

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 18:28

My ears burning ladies 

if you are talking spring onions then yes they grow well here.

for me they dont like soil too wet and grow better hard.  

I have taken to using nematodes in the veg patch over past 2 years and this is because pests can overwinter in the soil and if a rotation is carried on in a relatively small space, as most veg patches are, they will build up.  Spring onions are susceptible to soil pests too. 

Final "tip" is to companion plant with carrots.  And if you grow parsley grow next to carrots too .....on other side though 

Hey! Girls talking rugby??  England played so well 

Best runner bean

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 17:44

For me the white flowered beans are best

Mergoles, I think is excellent.  Stringless, superb taste  and freezes well. 

Is this fair?

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:42

Frank, Frank, Frank!  Got to go but, again, leaving with a chuckle   Thanks 

Our Gardening Diaries (Incorporating My Flowers ..)

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:35

This is my hellebore.      It is actually blacker than this so maybe will take another picture when less in a hurry

as a bonus you have a picture of a bit of my thumb...handsome isnt it?    Tricky trying to hold the flower and take a picture 

Gardeners' World

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 14:17

That's my point Raisingirl.  You put it much more succinctly than I did 

of course, we still love old Monty 

Salic Kilmarnock

Posted: 11/03/2017 at 13:47


not too big a pot but maybe twice the size of the one you bought it in...judging by what's usually sold.

get a john innes number 3 compost. some dried manure or pelleted chicken manure too if you can to add to the nutrient value.  Avoid using multi purpose composts...they lack weight (for stability) and they dry out quickly.

you can then pot on in maybe a couple of years 

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