Latest posts by Verdun

Verbena bonariensis

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 20:04

Ladybird, I always pinch out young plants but with honariensis I do it slightly differently.  I allow it to grow  to say 15 to 20 cm then pinch. Another few weeks left to grow yet so I would pinch out again if it grows well.  It will be easier to over wimter in the gh if more compact too.

in early summer I pinch  back again 

Bottle Brush

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 19:59

Sizeuk, I prune just after flowering.......not mine but a friend's.  It is pruned as broom is,,viz., never into old wood, and it does get increasingly leggy

I quite like it....nice foliage..... but one to replace after a few years 

Lavandula augustifolia

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 19:51

B3 pot on for sure. don't forget to loosen any tight roots and take them into the gh in late autumn.  A bit of a chill wont hurt them then.  Next spring plant them out.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 19:45

Why,,thank you kindly nanny beach. much envy over your rusty mirror.  perfectly placed too. I shall be visiting some reclamation yards to see if I can get one or two 

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 14:59

Still sunny and hot

you know!  I have no doubt the storm will miss us in Cornwall and tomorrow will be another good one.  Absolutely positive,  totally sure....

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 14:50

Of course, we all like different it should be nanny beach 

just to rub it in, I'm having a cool lager.  Really hot but wind is increasing 

GWRS, I divide them now and then but keep most in the ground.  The cannas like it here and I think they are spectacular.  If you dig up...or grow in a large container.....and overwinter in a cool gh and then start them off as early as possible next spring and then in early summer place in a warm sunny spot, cannas should flower.  They get better into early autumn 

here are some of mine

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:32


well done.  Clearly a lot of hard graft there.  Keep us up to date will be worth all the effort 

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:22

Let me welcome you to the forum Susan 

pleased that someone else enjoys lupins....a favourite of mine too 

re tulips, I'm afraid you will have to replace tulips every year.  Some survive perennially but many, esp the newer varieties, rarely do unless they are dug up and bagged indoors.

your dahlias will form tubers.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:18

GD, I know the storm to come is a vicious one.......just enjoying the sun today anyway.

surprised this storm hasnt been named.......they usually are.  

Got a couple of delphiniums looking wonderful and good ss their first flowering....but I will be surprised if they remain intact despite being supported . Ah well! Such is gardening 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 19/08/2016 at 12:12

Sorry nanny beach.  People do love their bananas but I ( r spectfully) don't see why.   rare to see a perfect specimen.   They look nice for the first day outside then......  even if your cannas don't flower their foliage ranges from psychedelic Phasion through green/white/yellow to green.  They should flower though if our summer continues into autumn 

Hey PP, I fell off a ladder yesterday so you were lucky.  A silly so and so kept shouting "don't fall off".  I turned to say "try not to" and I fell.  Only thing hurt was my pride, not really I had to laugh 

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