London (change)
Today 18°C / 13°C
Tomorrow 19°C / 11°C


Latest posts by Verdun

limestone pea gravel

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:22

Limestone gravel is not good for azaleas, rhododendrons....fact.  The lime will damage  them so best to face this issue now. Your membrane is porous and the lime will seep through.

I would do it this way......where your azaleas/rhododendrons  are I would not use gravel there or too near.  I would apply a different material around them instead.....ericaceous compost, acid bark chips or acid/neutral pebbles.

It really depends on how many acid lovers you intend to plant there.  

How much gravel did you get?  Can it be used elsewhere?  


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 14:13

Hiya macfall

I think you are doing it the very best way.  Amd, even then, pot them up once more before planting out.  Your plants will grow so much faster this way and when you do plant them out they will make an immediate impact 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:27

Staking is not my favourite pastime either Punkdoc.  Early staking is the answer to effective disguising.  Last few years I have been staking LUPINS.  The flowerimg stems are so heavy that I now get in as soon as they are about to open their flowers. Had to stake peas over the weekend but always make sure I top the end of the canes.

What do I grow?

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 08:02

Morning Mike.  Take each day as it comes I think  


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 07:58

Not aware of rosemary beetle.  Sounds like vine weevils in their behaviour.  Will take a look at mine but I think I'm clear of this pest.

Its a wonder we can grow anything .....more amd more pests and diseases 


Posted: 07/05/2014 at 07:49

Morning folks 

Hmmmm!  Where did that dream come from KEF?  

Beautiful sunny morn.

Want to plant out a few verbena bonariensis today.  love this plant;  no other quite like it so good to get them in. 

just a thought.....5 weeks or so and it's the longest day !

Lupin border, but what else

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 22:31

Trouble with lupins,is that after after flowering..mid summer, bit longer if deadheaded quickly, they look dreadful.  Snails move in, usually small ones to further tattify them.

I have a row of lupins at the top emd of my veg patch.  When they finish flowering    I dig them up and divide them.  

Elsewhere I cut them back.  Vigorous perennials like dahlias would then look good next to them, or heleniums or asters like frikartii Monch.


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 17:13

KEF, Veronica Tissington is delightful although I keep moving mine.  Had 3 but moved them too much.  Got  one in a 5 litre pot ready to place in its perfect position.  The other is by a berberis atro nana.    Needs a bit of moisture I reckon to do well.  

Its been busy day. Sorted out friend's issues..but she's always got "issues"  And, apart from a little rain for a few mins, it's been very nice here.  Some sun amd warm. Just planted out lychnis coronaria alba....common but I like it for its grey foliage and white flowers all summer. Had it growing in 5 litre pot.  Reckon it will start flowering soon. 

Also cut the grass....looking lush right now after its feed.  (don't use weed amd feed now ....choosing to spot weed lawns instead)

Oooo, I read I was someone's favourite on the forum   So that makes 2 of us thinking that ...........I'll get my coat ..........


What do I grow?

Posted: 06/05/2014 at 08:06

It's difficult isnt it working out whats in the garden when inside?  

Should have gone around with pen and paper cos I've missed out loads.

Bottom line is though that we all seem to grow far more than we realise.  


Posted: 06/05/2014 at 08:03

Absolutely gorgeous morning.  However, forecast says rain later.  I prefer to say its going to stay as it is 

Now temps are higher overnight things are not being checked overnight so masses of growth

In demand this morning. Have to help out a friend.  Can't say no but it's a bit inconvenient.   Have to miss foodbank today but thinking now of volunteering elsewhere.  Maybe!    All about time too 

Runner beans are growing away well.  A fleece curtain pegged to a height of 4' was erected when beans planted out to give added protection against pests, wind etc.  

Hope everybody has good day today 


Discussions started by Verdun

It's my birthday

Replies: 83    Views: 1401
Last Post: Yesterday at 11:11


Replies: 47    Views: 812
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:25

They're bossing it now........

Replies: 23    Views: 422
Last Post: 24/07/2014 at 08:18

Love your garden

Replies: 27    Views: 504
Last Post: 27/07/2014 at 10:56


Replies: 65    Views: 1097
Last Post: 16/08/2014 at 23:56

hardy geraniums pictures

Replies: 16    Views: 326
Last Post: 17/07/2014 at 00:44

Is mahonia invasive?

Replies: 20    Views: 385
Last Post: 09/06/2014 at 12:44

Blue foliage

Replies: 21    Views: 549
Last Post: 31/05/2014 at 02:44

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

Replies: 70    Views: 1399
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 09:47

Neatness.....a swear word in the garden?

Replies: 66    Views: 2140
Last Post: 30/05/2014 at 21:53


Replies: 10    Views: 326
Last Post: 23/05/2014 at 13:15

Carpenteria californica shaping

Replies: 5    Views: 253
Last Post: 20/05/2014 at 23:51

Rubbish mpc

Replies: 11    Views: 336
Last Post: 16/05/2014 at 12:47


Replies: 221    Views: 7111
Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 20:06


Replies: 4    Views: 289
Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 20:57
1 to 15 of 168 threads