Latest posts by Verdun

Temporary gap-fillers

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 09:41

Lupins ...foliage now, flowers in 3 weeks or so,,then the summer stuff comes. 

I grew senettii for this well.  Expensive for gap fillers though

the answer really is to grow wallflowers.  They flower for a long time, provide evergreen foliage and when your cosmos or anything else is ready dig them up. 

Lilies are ideal too....lovely fresh foliage almost architectural in a small way and then the flowers 


Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 07:46

Decide to be without grass Danny then you can concentrate totally on patio 

Advice needed

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 07:40

Renata, get those plants outside they will not it indoors.

weather is now much warmer so put them in as warm and sheltered a spot as possible for a couple of days

Astilbes need to be in the good MOIST soil. 

Lavatera Barnsley

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:59

Silverlight cut it back right to the ground. clear away all debris.  Feed well and mulch thickly.  You could spray the soil and base of your plant with a fungicide before mulching or try neem oil. 

rust spores have overwintered on your "one third" remaining stems. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:48

Dead right Mynx....we MUST listen even if it is upsetting. you are right too, it will be the most important decision and we all need to vote.   At the end of the day, if nothing still makes sense, then go for your gut instinct. 

if we are the "5th richest country in the world" we will not fall apart If we leave.  We wont be "alone"....for a start there will be 65 million of us.

Blueberry Plant still sleeping (or dead)?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:28

Greedy Gardener, you need ericaceous soil not just an ericaceous feed.

frankly I would start again.

and get 2 varieties.

so, ericaceous john innes soil. Blueberries are very easy given correct conditions. I have 4 plants with blueberries already forming 

Small triangular garden design. Advice required for hosting please.

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:21

Danny, I love lawns. Yours is healthy and lush. 

clearly you want to extend the patio so I don't think a lawn will then look right.  

Patio and evergreen shrubs ....scented of course....would look good.  Cover those fences...honeysuckle and summer jasmine. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 21:11

Mynx, opinions are sometimes aggressive.  For me, although I have my views, I still take in pros and cons of everything I hear.  No standout politician oozing honesty or integrity; nobody who really seems to know anything. 

Reminds me of the millenium bug,...tickover 1999 to 2000....none of the "experts"  really knew what would happen until the new millenium began.  doomsday scenarios, wild speculation and fear.   


Hot lips

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:31

Yep, I love my salvias.  You could have a wonderful garden with just salvias 

Hot lips

Posted: 03/05/2016 at 19:19

sanjy,,you can do that. it's as tough as old boots.  And cuttings take very easily too in the summer.   

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