Latest posts by Verdun

Hibiscus hasnt flowered again?!

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:41

Hibiscus is a very late summer flowering shrub.....often in September  C3k.  Time yet 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:07

I grow the dwarf pokers mainly newby but division is usually successful.  Just don't try for too small pieces.  I find mulching is the best treatment for pokers 

Autumn priority

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 21:03

Yes Lou. Loved it.  Perfect blue without a flaw but everything (and everyone) dies.  we have to adapt a d make the best of it.  Nature has decreed my juniper has had its time.

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 20:10

Meant to add.  I have no clover in my lawns now nor have I had for several years now.  Because my lawn is thick I only need to use a lawn spot weedkiller so affect on wildlife now is almost nill.

today ,bees are abundant here as are butterflies, birds, and the rest so my garden is a wildlife friendly environment.  Use chemicals wisely and as a one off or for occasional use only 

Removing clover from lawn

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:58

Yes clover Newb

treat now but you will lose a lot of greenery there for a while. However,,perfect timing.  early September is perfect for sowing grass seed.  When the clover is clear rake your grass to loosen the soil for seeding.  It will germinate in about 10 days

you will need to treat again next spring or when you next see any clover but by then it will not affect your newly sown grass

it is a choice...grass or clover. 

weedol is a temporary treatment with little impact on the environment In my opinion 

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Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:49

Sorry Wonky.....we crossed there 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:48

Hello and welcome 

in Cornwall too but this is a long county with widely varying degrees of temperatures and conditions.

so are you near the coast, far west,,north cornwall?  The further west you go the more tender plants you can grow.  I am approx in the St Ives Bay/penzance area and tender planting is everywhere. 

The common recommendation is to see what your neighbours grow, talk to them etc., but I would add take your time and get to know your conditions throughout the year and then start planting and planning    It will be very different to the Midlands though 

Anyone recognise this perennial?

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:40

The shape of the leaves is different to those on my geum; similar texture.  ....grow only Totally Tangerine....but I have a feeling it could be a geum.  The whole thing looks frustratingly familiar.  Hope someone knows 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:33

Can I suggest Macra All Gold Fairy rather than more of the same?  . Bit different colour wise....a deeper yellow. I have grown mine in a pot in full sun simply to assess it this summer and it looks good. there is also another variety with deeper orange/ red escapes me......that I covet 


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 19:26


not really.  Crocosmia and kniphophias will not die by being cut down in autumn as many grasses will.  However, in cold areas it is prob better to cut down in spring although much of the foliage dies down anyway so this won't  be a problem.

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