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Latest posts by Verdun

Supprot for Solanum glasnevin?

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 23:46

My solanum album is supported by galvanised wires attached to a wall.  It is vigorous but I prune it at least half baxk every year., it is a weighty subject so a strong support meeded


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:24

Have to admit defeat with far. So prob not ideal person to reply.  But...........

I think they need to be undisturbed.  (I tinkered too much)  They like sun and some moisture.  mine were tried in a very dry spot and withered away so this year ....probably....I,will give them a better spot.....viz., good soil and some summer watering. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:18

Potted on loads of perennials that are outgrowing their pots, checked for those pesky little slugs under each pot, planted as I intended.......moved a shrubby prunus Cistena Crimson Dwarf next to silver helichrysum (curry plant.....don't laugh!  Nothing more silver and I love aromatic smell on hot days) and in front of a white pittosporum......and finally decided on a hydrangea limelight, salvia uliginosa and actea black negligee combo.  Reported, again, white foxgloves.....still undecided as to their final positions. 

Hostas moving fast as are lupins and delphiniums.  Rain yesterday, warmath today and rain tomorrow all contribute to amaking growth right now


Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:07

Mrs Garden yes you can buy salon flamingo as a shrub........I grow it as well as the half Standard.  However, it seems to prefer a little more shade than it's taller counterpart.  Nice next to red grass, purple shrub or dark heuchera I think

its still beautifully warm here.  And, like gardeners boy, just been down to the beach with the dog.  

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 18:00

Marc, apart from the stability...just make sure you anchor it well........a plastic greenhouse is not too different from glass.  I think Philippa is wil heat up more quickly but lose heat more quickly too and suffer condensation a little more but will function very well for seeds, plants, tomatoes etc.

it does depend on whether your plastic is polythene or rigid panels.  

Montbretia eradication

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:54

Nice mixture of shapes and colours there Lyn.  

My finished insect hotel

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:51

Well done Luke 

hebe help

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 13:05

I grow some hebes to well over 10'.  I prune after flowering.

I would remove dead stems and lightly trim the remaining branches ....hebes respond well to light trimming to shape I find.

Montbretia eradication

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 13:02

For me crocosmia do better with some extra watering in hot weather until established.  And good soil ...

but, having said that I also grow Lucifer in pots ....I divide clumps to control their size.....where they flower well.  My feeling is extra water in summer produces better flowering.

Truth is, Busy, I don't really know because they grow here wherever they are planted. "Physiological" issues...?  Very cold weather, hard frosts, can kill crocosmia so perhaps that's what's happening to yours.  Those corms are relatively surface growing, aren't they, so susceptible.  Maybe some protection over winter?

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 12:33

You like mouses then ClairA?     

Discussions started by Verdun

Been knipped.......

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There's orangey........

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Flabbergasted....thought I would have a heart attack

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Oh no.....not again...

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Oh eck!

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Last Post: 13/05/2015 at 21:56

I love the Royals......

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Oh dear oh dear,,oh dear......

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Best herbaceous foliage

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Am I grumpy cos.....

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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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