Latest posts by Verdun

Shuttlecock ferns in school wildlife garden

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 21:10

I frow 3 ....including a painted Japanese fern and Dryopteris.

Dryopteris, in my experience, is very adaptable. Grows where it's dry as well as where it's very wet.  Looks better out of the sun though.

Dryopteris The King for me grows about 4' or more.  It is a fascinating plant Justin.  I'm not a wildlife gardener but it would look right anywhere but a rockery or dryscape garden.  Kids would find its unfurling fronds amazing,,it's pest and disease resistant and is rich green in the growing season.

I would plant it in humusy soil for best appearance.  As for its role in the wildlife garden I'm sure it is useful but I will see what others more knowledgeable say about that.

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 20:00

Have I Dove?  Have I really?  hee hee hee hee 

What's your acronym? A guessing game......

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:43

Can't work yours out dove.  I know you are an optimist,,have a sense of humour.  Let me "idle"  a while and and ponder while I sing a little ditty?  No, it's far too difficult for me 'umble brain.  Hey, maybe our Monty comes into it somewhere.  Oh, it's that thread on snakes that's confusing me.  

Just a simple cornishman me!  

Moving an Old Berberis Darwinii

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:23

Mark, Darwinii grows so quickly so you will soon have another one.

I would digit up now, however, amd get your replacement in.  Nothing worse than a dead shrub occupying the summer garden.  Get one now amd enjoy it's flowers next spring 

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 19:14

Looks excellent Aaron.  Obviously,,keep it well watered.

It doesn't need's just fine.

Slugs and lupins

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:32

I tried pots  in saucers of water but that didn't work.  I did grease pots once.....when I moved pots I was covered in grease though. I domt recall it reducing slugs but maybe against snails...!  

Best way to prune this flowering shrub?

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:28

Thought it was a Deutzia at first  but it does look like a wegeilia.

Anyway, they are both pruned the same way.

I would lift every branch and cut back every flowered section to where new shoots are growing.  I also look to take out a couple of old wood back to the ground.

(funny thing to.prove how effective pruning is.  A neighbour simply squares every shrub he has and it means his deutzia flowers amongst the leaves. Mine has arching branches high above the emerging foliage fully clothed with flowers.  I try to explain how he should prune his but he likes his table mountain shrubs )

Transplanting Grass

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:18

Why not simply sow seed Clarington?  It will germinate very quickly now.


SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:17

Hello Aaron,,

It will be the leaves that are pink.  I trim mine in spring removing every dead or dying piece.  I also prune back to opening buds   Very time consuming/boring but it then makes for a beautiful pink, white, cream and pale green shrub.  

However, for this year I would just enjoy it 

Mony Don

Posted: 29/05/2014 at 18:09

All my hostas are looking big and beautiful except for my new Fire Island.  May need more time to settle but it looks a weak far 

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