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Latest posts by Verdun

problems with broccoli and caterpillars

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:27

I just eat the broccoli and leave caterpillars on the plate 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:23

Stacey, which grasses did you get?  Which echinaceas?  They mix well I think.  You sound excited   That's what plantimg is all about.

I recently bought plugs of echinacea Chyenne.  Great value 12 for under £20.  Despite my usual apprehensiion/resistance to perennial plugs these were large and growing away really well.  I love echinaceas.....must have 15 or more different vsrieties, actually a little more prob....and they are delightful right now.  

Almost bought a,couple of molinias today.  They need slightly heavier /wetter soil than I have but decided to get them now.

Whats all this about spam?  I like spam.  I remember the Monty python spam sketch and still giggle 

Heuchera - What variety is it and advice on looking after it

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 20:02

Right, dig it up.  Pull apart..don't be afraid to do that.  If its to go back into that pot change the compost.  Use a John innes  number 3 compost. Plant fairly deep.  Water well.  I would top dress with grit.  Cover with fleece or leave in shade for few days.  Pot up other divided pieces

You can do this right now.....just done one myself.....despite mid summer

Heucheras quickly get woody and seemingly "climb" out of the ground so deep planting makes for nice looking plant.

Not too clear there but prob is palace purple.....not most attractive variety though.  There are some amazing nenw varieties now

Giving my Sage bush the chop.

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:18

Cut back very hard in spring.....and take cuttings.  They're easy.

However, still time ro cut back now and I would.  If will respond quickly.  Again take cuttings which will root by September.

Sage gets woody ..and ugly.....after  a couple of,years if no annually pruned

Weeping pear

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:13

I prune one for a friend.  Never flowered but this is 8' tall at least.

I cut out inside branches.  I prune branches to upwards buds for width and downward to narrow..  Yes, lift the skirt too.  Needs plenty of space, good focal point where it is........and that silvery green foliage looks good with sunlight on it.  Doesnt  need flowers 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:05

Birds offen peck out centres of saxifrages.  Not my strength but wildlife guys may confirm 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 18:03

Hello forkers

Not a bad day......odd sprinkles,that all.

Im a bit of warmonger at times.  My young niece hand brake adjusted today.  Just a few mins the service guy said and it will not be charged....under warranty.  Anyway the garage decided to charge  her £80.  After quite a rumpus they waived the charge......luckily I was there.  Would it be awful to admit I,enjoyed the argy bargy?

Then I lose my bank card.  ......well I retraced my steps to work out where it might possibly be.  Then I needed to provide ID.  Credit card, driving licence were ok but the bright spark at the supermarket decided I needed to produce a utility bill.....????  "manager please" I demanded.  Issue sorted.  

Braced for hurricane Bertha now...............

It's my birthday

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 17:50

Fairy!  You have me so wrong 

Each of us can be special here on our  birthday.....if we know 


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 08:51

Cuttimgs taken now .....usually softwood ......are left until I see signs of roots or new growth.  Roots are a giveaway......clearly they are growing.  New growth does not always mean rooting.

Hardwood cuttings........leave over winter.  


Posted: 09/08/2014 at 08:43

Never gets cold down here Bekkie.......hee hee hee 

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